Salmon grilled on cedar planks

Grilling salmon (or any seafood) on a cedar plank is the best way to get great flavor, a great presentation and best of all you never have to worry about the filets sticking to grill. It’s so simple and the results are always amazing.

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Grilled Maple Ginger Salmon on a Cedar Plank

Grilling on cedar planks is a great way to prepare salmon. You get that lovely smokiness in the fish, the salmon stays moist and the combination of the maple and ginger glaze creates an amazing flavor.
Prep Time1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 534kcal


  • Cedar Planks
  • Grill


  • 12 oz Salmon Filets
  • 1 tbsp Scallion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1 Lemon sliced thinly


  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp Bourbon
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Fresh, Grated Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice


  • Prepare Salmon Glaze: 
    Combine bourbon, maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger, lime juice.
  • Prepare the Cedar Planks and Grill: 
    Soak the plank in water for at least an hour in a clean bucket or large pan. Place a heavy pan or bowl on top of the planks to ensure they stay submerged.

    Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

    Place the soaked plank over direct medium heat and close the lid. After 5 to 10 minutes, when the plank begins to smoke and char, turn the plank over. (The salmon filet will be placed on the charred side of the plan in the next steps.)
  • Prepare Salmon Filets for grilling: 
    Using a basting brush, apply the salmon glaze to the skin side of the filet. Place the fillet skin-side down onto the charred cedar plank.

    Apply remaining salmon glaze to the top side of the salmon steak. Layer 2 to 3 slices of lemon on top of each salmon filet. Sprinkle chopped scallions and fresh ground pepper over each fillet.
  • Grill the salmon: 
    Place each of the cedar planks with the salmon over direct heat and close the grill cover. Cook the salmon until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (approximately 25 minutes).  

    Once the salmon is fully cooked, use sturdy tongs or spatulas to transfer the plank, with the salmon still on it, to a heatproof surface.
  • Serve: 
    Serve the salmon on the plank topped with chopped cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Maple Ginger Salmon on a Cedar Plank
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 1089mg31%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 98IU2%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Salmon can be served on the cedar plank or plated by slipping a spatulata between the salmon and the plank.  If you choose to servce on the planks, note that they will be hot coming off of the grill and may have marinade and/or juice dripping.  You might consider placing the cedar plank on a larger plate to avoid a mess on your table.  
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