September 15, 2022

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

How to cook cedar plank salmon! This cedar plank salmon recipe with lemon pepper dijon mustard to season is just beautiful and SO easy. Soak your cedar planks overnight (or a few hours before) and place on the grill or in the oven for those smoky flavors (and the most tender and filled with flavor salmon dish)!

What does a cedar plank do?

A cedar plank is a grilling plank that gives dishes a smoky flavor. It pairs well with all kinds of ingredients like seafood, chicken and vegetables (and more!). They are readily available at most grocery stores, but I got my cedar planks here! I love the smoky finish it adds to ingredients and the steam from the plank also helps with the tenderness of the salmon, in this case, as well.

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

What ingredients do you need to cook cedar plank salmon?

Salmon fillets: I love salmon with this recipe! However, you can definitely opt to cook with other types of fish like halibut, cod or even ahi tuna.

Lemon juice and lemon zest: We are making a marinade of lemon juice and lemon zest, with dijon mustard. Super simple and you can definitely mix and match with all your favorite spices and flavors as well.

Salt and black pepper

Super simple ingredients, but this comes together with so much flavor and is SO good!

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

Instructions to make this cedar plank salmon recipe

First, soak and prep your cedar plank

Soak your cedar plank(s) in warm water overnight, or least 2-3 hours beforehand. This helps the plank not burn when it’s cooking. I will place the planks submerged in water usually on a baking sheet. I will add a cup or pot on top to weigh it down to make sure the planks are submerged.

Second, season your salmon and heat your grill or oven to 400 degrees!

Place your salmon skin-side down on the plank. Heat your grill (I’m using a gas grill!) but you can also cook this in the oven at 400 degrees on the cedar plank.

Season with salt, black pepper, olive oil and dijon mustard. Spread evenly to coat the salmon.

Third, grill salmon

On medium-high heat on the grill, cook your salmon until cooked on the inside. You can use a thermometer to make sure it reaches 130-140 degrees (depending on your doneness preference)! In the oven, keep at 400 degrees until fully cooked.

Lastly, remove from the cedar plank and serve!

Transfer your salmon to a platter once it is not as hot to handle off the cedar plank to serve with any of your favorite roasted vegetables, salads or grains!

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

What are some additional seasonings and spices I can add on my cedar plank salmon? Ingredients like fresh garlic, chili flakes, paprika, brown sugar, maple syrup or honey (for some sweetness) as well would work great.

Do I have to soak cedar planks before grilling with them? Yes, I highly recommend to do so, even if it’s for 1 hour at least, to also overnight. This helps keep the wood from burning on the grill and oven, and it also helps keep the food super moist and tender while it cooks.

Do you need to flip cedar plank salmon? Nope! Place on skin side down and let it cook. You do not need to flip.

What should you serve with cedar plank salmon? You can serve with salad, roasted vegetables (like mushrooms, green beans, asparagus), roasted potatoes, or even jammy tomatoes.

Some ideas to serve are can be our Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch or Lemon Haricots Verts With Crispy Shallots and Crispy Grilled Potato Salad with Horseradish Sauce!

How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

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How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

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How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon

This cedar plank salmon recipe with lemon pepper dijon mustard to season is just beautiful and SO easy. 
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Course: Dinner
Keyword: Cedar Plank Salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Soaking Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cedar planks soaked for 2 hours-overnight
  • 1 pound salmon either as a big filet, or cut into two filets
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon zest save the lemon to juice after cooking
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • First, soak and prep your cedar plank. Soak your cedar plank(s) in warm water overnight, or least 2-3 hours beforehand. This helps the plank not burn when it's cooking. I will place the planks submerged in water usually on a baking sheet. I will add a cup or pot on top to weigh it down to make sure the planks are submerged.
  • Second, season your salmon and heat your grill or oven to 400 degrees!
    How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon
  • Place your salmon skin-side down on the plank. Heat your grill (I’m using a gas grill!) but you can also cook this in the oven at 400 degrees on the cedar plank.
  • Season with salt, black pepper, olive oil and dijon mustard. Spread evenly to coat the salmon.
    How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon
  • Third, grill salmon. On medium-high heat on the grill, cook your salmon until cooked on the inside. You can use a thermometer to make sure it reaches 130-140 degrees (depending on your doneness preference)! In the oven, keep at 400 degrees until fully cooked.
    How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon
  • Lastly, remove from the cedar plank and serve! Transfer your salmon to a platter once it is not as hot to handle off the cedar plank to serve with any of your favorite roasted vegetables, salads or grains!
    How To Cook Cedar Plank Salmon
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