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Cedar Plank Salmon on the BBQ

Cooking salmon on a cedar plank has a long history in the Pacific Northwest. Cooking salmon this way adds a great smokey flavor, helps the salmon fillet retain moisture and smells AMAZING on the BBQ grill and at the dinner table.

Cedar plank salmon on the BBQ grill

Here is my recipe for cedar plank salmon on the BBQ.


First and foremost you must start with a good piece of fresh salmon. For this recipe I used a fresh caught coho salmon from the Quinault river on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Do not used farm raised salmon of any kind, as even the cedar plank will not make it taste any better. Always get fresh wild caught salmon.

cedar plank salmon on the bbq grill

Fresh Caught Salmon is ALWAYS best!


Prepare the Cedar Plank: Soak the plank in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This will keep it from burning up, and will allow more smoke to be generated.


Prepare the salmon: Here is how I prepare salmon fillet:

  1. Drizzle with lime flavored olive oil

  2. Sprinkle truffle salt over the entire fillet

  3. Add cracked pepper to your liking

  4. Add slices of Walla Walla sweet onions

  5. Sprinkle a liberal amount of dill over the top.


Pre heat grill to 350 degrees


Add salmon fillets to the cedar plank and cook with the grill closed for 20 minutes or until the meat easily flakes with a fork.


Serve with a caesar salad and wild rice.



Hope you enjoy!




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