Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs

Serves 4

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most satisfying and delicious - this simple way to prepare salmon qualifies on both fronts. The cedar plank and herbs give the salmon a smoky, earthy flavor, while garlic and lemon give it some punch.


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Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs
  • Cedar plank(s) for grilling
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshy ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin removed
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Fill a large bowl or sink with water. Soak the cedar plank(s) under the water for at least 1 hour.

In a baking dish large enough to hold the salmon, combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Mix well. Add the salmon and turn to coat evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to grill (you can do this up to 4 hours ahead of time).

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (400°F to 450°F).

Pat the soaked plank(s) dry and place the salmon on top. Place the plank(s) on the grill grates, close the cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is done to your liking. Douse or mist the plank(s) with a bit of water if it catches fire. Serve the salmon on a platter right off the plank(s) with lemon wedges.

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