Wild Alaskan Salmon on Fire & Flavor Cedar Planks

Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon on Fire & Flavor Cedar Planks with only herbs and lemon gives an incredible smoky flavor to this fresh salmon, making it taste amazing and delicious, and it’s REAL EASY!

This is an amazing recipe for grilling salmon and since it was my first time ever to eat salmon cooked this way.  I knew we had to try this recipe at home and share it with you.

I met a lovely couple,  Patrick and Gabriella who are two wonderful, creative cooks! I am normally not a big fan of fish, especially salmon, which is opposite from my sister Anna, who can eat salmon everyday.

However,  while my new friends were grilling the salmon, the aroma was so incredible as the smoke from the grill permeated the entire yard,  I just had to try it.  To my surprise,  the non-fish eater that I am,  I really LOVED IT!  The smoky flavor was so intense, it wasn’t fishy at all.

The kind of salmon I had that night was the Wild Alaskan Salmon, and it was grilled on the barbecue while sitting on top of cedar planks.  A total new technique (which I’ve never seen before) that I witnessed while I was on a business trip in L.A.

The cedar planks is what gave the salmon that smoked flavor that everyone enjoyed! If you try this method of cooking with cedar planks, you will need to remember to soak the planks ahead of time before using then on the grill.

Buying wild salmon definitely costs more that farmed salmon, but it’s worth it.  Wild salmon is not fed with colored pellets and it’s caught in deep ocean waters.  Salmon is extremely high in Omega-3’s,  which is highly recommended by the American Heart Association.  So, not only are you having a delicious and impressive looking seafood dish, but your keeping everyone healthy too!

Barbecued wild salmon is wonderful to pair it with a glass of white wine and serve it along with a side dish of either rice, quinoa, vegetables or salad; makes it a fabulous seafood dinner!

Smoked salmon is even better as leftovers!  Just serve it “chilled” over a leafy green salad for lunch the very next day.  Enjoy!

Wild Alaskan Salmon on Fire & Flavor Cedar Planks



Soak the cedar planks in water for 1 hour.

Place salmon skin side down on planks and add all spices to top of fish.

Lay thin slices of lemon across the top of the salmon as pictured below.


Place plank on grill and cover will foil – should cook in about 15 to 25 minutes.

Good sign is when the edges of the plank are charred and lemon slices are slightly burnt.
Do not over cook.

Check and slice fish in center while near end of cooking, it should be pink inside.

Carefully slide the salmons off the planks onto a serving platter.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the salmon and serve!

Serves 6 to 8

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  1. we love cooking with planks on the grill. We have a big green egg and it is one of our favorite flavors- the cedar or maple flanks. This salmon looks amazing. Perfect for the fall weather we are "supposed" to be getting:)