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Cedar Planked Salmon with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs

Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon has a delightfully smoky flavor and never sticks to the grill! This Cedar Planked Salmon is a mainstay on restaurant menus, yet it’s so easy — not to mention less expensive — to make at home. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare it: the cedar plank and herbs impart a smoky, woodsy flavor, while the lemon zest and garlic add zing.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 5 minutes
    •    Cook time: 25 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    1/2 tsp salt
    •    1/4 cup olive oil
    •    2 cloves garlic, minced
    •    Cedar plank(s) for grilling
    •    lemon wedges, for serving
    •    2 tsps lemon zest, from 2 lemons
    •    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    •    4 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin removed
    •    1-1/2 tsps finely chopped fresh thyme
    •    1-1/2 tsps finely chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Fill a large bowl or sink with water. Soak the cedar plank(s) under the water for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a baking dish large enough to hold the salmon, combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Mix well. Add the salmon and turn to coat evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to grill (you can do this up to 4 hours ahead of time).
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (400°F to 450°F).
  4. Pat the soaked plank(s) dry and place the salmon on top. Place the plank(s) on the grill grates, close the cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is done to your liking. Douse or mist the plank(s) with a bit of water if it catches fire. Serve the salmon on a platter right off the plank(s) with lemon wedges.

This great family recipe is thanks to Once-Upon-A-Chef at


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