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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

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Delicious cedar plank salmon

Delicious cedar plank salmon

Simple Grilled Salmon

After you try this salmon, this is the only way you'll ever want to grill it! The brown sugar and mustard create the perfect sweet and savory flavor, especially after being marinated with the smokiness of the cedar planks. The flavor is incredible, and the smell is even better.

The recipe is so simple, requiring only a few ingredients. Everyone in my family loves this recipe. Let's learn how to make it!

Note: To make this recipe, you'll need one to two cedar planks for the grill.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

15 min

35 min

4 servings


  • 2 pounds salmon filet, cut into individual portion sizes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Soak cedar planks in water for 1-2 hours before using. I like to put them on a baking sheet with water and place a soup can on top of them to keep them fully submerged.
  2. Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350-450 degrees F).
  3. Cut the salmon filet crosswise into 4 or 5 equal pieces.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a bowl, mix brown sugar and mustard together until they form a paste. Spread the paste over each salmon filet. (No need to cover the skin side, leave the filet skin-side down).
  6. Take the soaked cedar plank and put it over direct medium heat on the grill. After 5-10 minutes, when the plank begins to smoke, turn it over.
  7. Place the salmon, skin side down, in a row on the plank, leaving a little room between each piece of fish.
  8. Grill over direct medium heat with the lid closed until the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness. Depending on the thickness of the salmon, it should take about 10-12 minutes.
  9. Once cooked, remove the planks and salmon from the grill and enjoy!

What Do You Think?

Cedar plank salmon goes great with a grill basket full of veggies!

Cedar plank salmon goes great with a grill basket full of veggies!

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