Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

Believe it or not cedar plank smoked salmon is easy to do at home on your grill in the backyard. It all starts with good fresh salmon.

David and I purchased a beautiful Copper River – Alaska’s premier wild salmon filet that was on sale at the grocery store. Not knowing exactly what to do with it, I began to look up recipes online. David and I chose this Steven Raichlen recipe because his recipe does not overpower the fish. We really wanted the smoked salmon to have simple flavor, without masking the taste of the fish.

This cedar plank smoked salmon is perfect with a slightly sweet, smoky flavor. Brushed with a glaze of brown sugar and Dijon mustard, the salmon is slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank.

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with a brown sugar, dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good! | TheMountainKitchen.com

How To Make Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

First, soak the cedar plank in salted water for 2 hours, then drain.

We used Jaccard Seal ‘n Soak Cedar Grilling Planks they are ready faster, with a soak time of only 20 minutes and easy to prepare. Highly recommended!

Rinse the salmon under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Lay the salmon skin-side down onto the cedar plank.

Generously season the salmon with salt and pepper. Using a brush, carefully spread the mustard over the top and sides of the salmon.

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with a brown sugar, dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Pour the brown sugar into a bowl and crumble between your fingers, then sprinkle over the mustard.

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with a brown sugar, dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Prepare the grill for indirect heat and heat to medium-high.

When the grill is ready, place the cedar plank in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat.

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with a brown sugar, dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Cover the grill and cook until cooked through, around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet.

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with a brown sugar, dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Transfer the salmon and plank to a platter or serve right off the plank.

Cedar plank smoked salmon with mountain view

To go with this salmon I made homemade Macaroni and Cheese and sautéed spinach (David has brussels sprouts).

We cannot wait to have salmon again. It was wonderful!

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Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with brown sugar, Dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cedar, Plank, Smoked Salmon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 204kcal
Author David & Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

  • 1 cedar plank (6 x 14 inches)
  • 2 salmon fillets (1 ½ pounds total)
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  • Soak cedar plank in salted water for 2 hours, then drain.
  • Rinse the salmon under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Lay the salmon skin-side down onto the cedar plank.
  • Generously season the salmon with salt and pepper. Using a brush, carefully spread the mustard over the top and sides of the salmon.
  • Pour the brown sugar into a bowl and crumble between your fingers, then sprinkle over the mustard.
  • Prepare the grill for indirect heat and heat to medium-high.
    When the grill is ready, place the cedar plank in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat.
  • Cover the grill; cook until cooked through, around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet.
  • Transfer the salmon and plank to a platter or serve right off the plank.

Notes

Recipe adapted by Steve Raichlen.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 471mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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