Cedar Planked Smoked Salmon

Posted by on Sunday, August 29th, 2010


I admit I was a bit skeptical about cooking fish on a plank of cedar wood.  But I bought a couple of cedar planks and some salmon and gave it a try, just for my Taracooks readers.  This salmon was the most savory salmon I’ve ever tasted!  And it passed the family test too.  Although fresh salmon would probably turn out even better, I bought some wild caught Alaskan frozen salmon at Kroger when it was on sale BOGOF!

  • 1-cedar plank
  • 4 salmon fillets (approximately 6 oz each)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Soak cedar plank(s) in water for 1 hour prior to cooking salmon. 

If using frozen filets, thaw salmon according to package directions.  Preheat grill to 350 degrees.  Combine brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper in a small bowl.  Melt butter and brush onto fillets.  Rub fillets with dry rub mix.

When salmon has been prepared with butter and rub, place EMPTY, wet plank in grill and close lid.  Let plank heat for 3 minutes.  Using long tongs, turn plank over, then place rubbed salmon filets onto plank.  Close grill and cook for 12-15 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked.  Remove planked salmon from grill and serve immediately.  Serve with drizzled honey if desired.

My man took care of the grilling and he smelled so yummy – cedar and charcoal and fish!

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