Grilled Cedar-Planked Salmon

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Planking is a rather new experience for us. I prepare the food and DH does the rest. This recipe is adapted from and is so simple to make. The original recipe called for parsley which I didn't have. I used fresh garden basil and loved it. Serve with rice, fresh bread and a salad for a lovely meal that is sure to impress. Please note: The cooking or prep time does not include the time needed to soak the cedar plank.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the plank in water, weight top and soak for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill to medium.
  3. Mix the dressing, basil and tomatoes; reserve half the dressing for use when serving the fish; set aside.
  4. Brush the top of the pre-soaked plank with oil; top with the salmon, skin side down.
  5. Place on grill; cover with grill lid and grill 10 minutes.
  6. Brush with dressing mixture and continue to grill for an additional 10 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with fork.
  7. Remove from plank, remove skin and plate on top of cooked rice.
  8. Spoon a tablespoon or so of reserved dressing over fish, garnish with additional basil leaves and serve.


Most Helpful

Very tasty, adding the sun-dried tomatoes to the vinaigrette plumped them up and gave the sauce a great tang and savouriness. Went very well with the planked salmon and rice (I used jasmine). Thanks.

evelyn/athens September 10, 2014

Yum! Only change I made to suit local seasonal availability was to use a little less dried basil instead of fresh. It was wonderful served over couscous with some steamed vegies and a few cherry tomatoes. The cedar planking gave a wonderful smokey flavour while being very easy to prepare.

Peter J April 19, 2010

Fantastic way to cook salmon. The grilling on the cedar-plank was fun and the dressing mixture really added to the flavor of the salmon. Thanks for posting this easy-to-follow recipe.

CarolAT March 18, 2008

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