I got some cedar planks as a birthday gift, and decided to give them a try this past Monday. I love experimenting with new ways of grilling. I know, hard to believe I’m just getting around to using planks.
I must admit, I was expecting a stronger cedar flavoring in the salmon, but there was definitely a distinct hint of wood flavoring. I kept this recipe very simple so I wouldn’t mask the cedar plank flavoring. I sliced a lemon as a topping, and squeezed the left over lemon onto the salmon. Then gave it a simple sprinkling of salt and pepper.
If you haven’t tried planks yet, don’t hesitate! Try this recipe, it’s well worth it. One hint though, be sure to soak the planks for at least 6 hours to keep them from catching on fire. These were purchased from Happy Hands Woodworking. Check out their website for some great tips on plank cooking.
Plank Grilled Lemon Salmon
- 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillets
- 1 whole lemon
- Salt & Pepper to taste
You will need:
- At least 1 cedar plank
- First of all, make sure to follow the instructions for soaking the planks. Soak for at least 6 hours.
- Remove the skin from the salmon and place inside of a container. I remove the skin so the salmon can better absorb the cedar flavor.
- Slice about 4 or 5 thin slices off of the lemon. Squeeze the rest of the lemon onto the salmon fillets.
- Prepare a medium hot grill and place the plank onto the grill to heat it up before placing the salmon on it, flipping it once. About 1 minute per side will do. Wipe a little oil on the plank once it's heated up and remove it from the grill to place the salmon.
- Salt and pepper one side of the salmon, and place that side onto the oiled surface of the plank. Now salt and pepper the side facing up and place your lemon slices on the salmon.
- Place the plank onto the grill and cook for approximately 30 minutes. No need to flip the salmon. Check for doneness with a fork. You can also check it with a meat thermometer in the center of the thickest part of the fillet. It should be at least 135°.