Apr 10, 2024, 10:55 AM IST

Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe

Kelly Robinson

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1. Select a Cedar Plank 

Begin by choosing a cedar plank suitable for grilling. Make sure it's food-grade and untreated. Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 1-2 hours before grilling to prevent it from burning. 

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2. Preheat the Grill 

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F or 190-200°C). This ensures that the grill is adequately heated before placing the salmon on it. 

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3. Prepare the Salmon 

Season the salmon fillets with your preferred blend of spices and herbs. Common choices include salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon zest, dill, or thyme. You can also drizzle some olive oil over the fillets to keep them moist during grilling. 

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4. Place the Cedar Plank on the Grill  

Once the grill is preheated, remove the cedar plank from the water and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the salmon fillets skin-side down on the cedar plank. Arrange them evenly to ensure even cooking. 

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5. Grill the Salmon 

Carefully place the cedar plank with the salmon on the preheated grill. Close the grill lid and let the salmon cook undisturbed for about 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. The cedar plank will infuse the salmon with a smoky flavor as it cooks. 

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6. Check for Doneness 

After about 12-15 minutes, check the salmon for doneness. The flesh should be opaque and easily flake with a fork. The internal temperature of the salmon should reach 145°F (63°C) to ensure it's fully cooked. 

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7. Serve 

Once the salmon is cooked to your liking, carefully remove the cedar plank from the grill using tongs. Allow the salmon to rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute. 

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8. Garnish and Enjoy 

Garnish the cedar plank salmon with fresh herbs like chopped parsley or dill, and serve it with your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad. Enjoy your delicious and aromatic cedar plank salmon! 

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