Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar plank salmon on the grill
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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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Cedar plank salmon is a classic recipe for the grill. You get all the flavor of the grill with real smoke -- even if you are using a gas grill -- with the convenience of cooking a large, delicate fish fillet on a cedar plank. This grilled salmon recipe is definitely going to please. One trick is to keep the salmon fillet on the cedar plank the whole time, from the preparation to serving. If you place the plank on a sheet of foil you can put the whole thing on the table.

What You'll Need

  • 1 salmon fillet (2 pounds)
  • Juice and zest of two lemons
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dill (dried, or 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

1. Soak cedar plank in water for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat grill for medium high heat. Remove cedar plank from water and place salmon fillet on top. Place it evenly in the middle of the plank. Brush salmon fillet with olive oil. Zest lemons and squeeze juice over salmon. Top with lemon zest, dill, salt, and pepper.

3​. Place plank on the grill in the center. Cover and allow to grill until salmon is cooked through the middle (about 30 to 40 minutes).

Salmon is done once it reaches an internal temperature (in the thickest part) of 145 degrees F.

4. Once cooked, remove from heat and serve.