Grilled Salmon On A Cedar Plank, now being in the PNW, I am blessed to be able to catch my salmon. Salmon is one of those dinners that always seem too fancy for a weeknight dinner, but it is easy. Plus, it’s a healthy protein as well.
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Now if you don’t have access to fresh salmon, there is nothing wrong with buying store-bought salmon or even having it shipped. Most salmon will come with the skin on the fillet, but they are deboned. If you didn’t know, Salmon has protein, vitamins B3, B5, B6, B12, D, E, and selenium.
Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon Ingredients
Salmon Rub– You can do a homemade rub, but let’s face it, this is a fast and easy recipe. I used Trader Joe’s new salmon rub, and it was amazing! There were hints of smoke in it, but it is not overwhelming.
How To Use Cedar Planks
You will need to soak your cedar plank for about one to two hours in water before grilling.
I remove mine from the water and set them on a towel for five minutes before laying out my salmon on the planks.
Why do cedar planks need to be soaked before use on the grill or smoking? You soak the planks to allow them not to burn while smoking or grilling with them. The moisture of the wood will also help to keep the salmon moist as well. (You can grab at Walmart -> here or Amazon -> here) I grabbed the Grill Expert 2 pack at Walmart this time, and they worked great, especially for the price.
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Start by defrosting your salmon if needed, or if it’s fresh, ensure it is appropriately cleaned and filleted.
Slice your lemons. I did little wedges. You can do rounds if you would like.
Once your cedar planks have been soaked, remove them from the water.
Oil both the skin side and the meat side of your salmon filet.
Lay down skin side down on the cedar plank.
Season to taste with your seasoning, I used Trader Joe’s Salmon Rub, but you can use any rub.
Space out pieces of lemon on your salmon fillet.
I made this on my Monument Grils 35633. I shared my full Monument Grill review before (you can see it -> here), but the window is still my favorite part of the grill! You can order one from Monument Grills, Amazon, Wayfair, or Home Depot!
Turn your grill onto a low-medium heat.
Once your grill has warmed up, take the planks out to the grill.
You can place it on the upper or lower racks., I knew I would be watching closely since I also made Cheesy Asparagus to pair with it, so I cooked it on the lower rack. I also made two other varieties of grilled salmon that day.
Use a meat thermometer to verify that the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, and then remove for serving. Your cooking time will vary based on your grill temperature.
Where To Buy Cedar Planks for Grilling
Can Cedar Planks Be Reused
You can scrape off the cedar plank, rinse it, and reuse it. Reusing the plank may not be best if it has been charred a lot. When you rinse, do not use soap.
I have not reused mine before because I worry about mold. If I had another dinner planned the next day with a cedar plank, I would reuse it.
How to Store Leftover Salmon
You can store leftover smoked salmon in a Ziploc bag or air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days after smoking. Smoked Salmon can be frozen for up to three months after being made in the proper container.
Storing leftovers properly requires the right tools! My preferred storage method is if the leftovers can be sealed in a food saver. If not, then an air-tight container or Ziploc bag for the fridge is the way I go. The air-tight container and a freezer Ziploc bag are the next best bet for freezing the leftovers. I also use a food scale to measure portions into serving sizes.
What To Serve With Cedar Plank Salmon
Smoked Side Dishes: Smoked Baked Potatoes, Smoked Green Bean Casserole, Smoked Sweet Potato Casserole, Smoked Baked Potatoes, Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes, Smoked Deviled Eggs, Smoked Loaded Baked Beans, Creamy Smoked Macaroni And Cheese, Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes
I love to use salmon in main dishes but also the leftovers in other recipes for lunch or appetizers. These are some of my favorite salmon recipes to make!
- Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon
- Brown Sugar Salmon Rub
- Salmon Salad
- Smoked Salmon Dip
- Dill Smoked Salmon
- Grilled Salmon on Cedar Plank
Amazing Grilling Recipes to Check out
- Grilled Side Dish Recipes
- Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs
- How to Grill Chicken Breasts
- Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Grilled Pork Steaks
Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon
- Soak your cedar planks for at least one to two hours before you are ready to cook.
- Defrost or prepare your salmon if it is fresh.
- Rub both the skin and meaty side of the salmon with a bit of olive oil, and lay on a cedar plank.
- Sprinkle with salmon seasoning and place lemon wedges on top as well.
- Turn your grill to a medium-low heat and place cedar plank in it.
- Allow to cook until the internal temperature is 145 degrees.
- Remove and serve