How to Grill Salmon

Have you looked at those wooden planks stacked in the seafood section at your market and wondered how to grill salmon with them? Turns out, it's an easy way to add a smoky flavor to a simple salmon fillet. You can serve the salmon right on the plank, an eye-catching way to showcase this delicious fish that is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and high in protein and vitamin D.
-Hi. Im Kristina with Today, I'm gonna show you how to make a grilled herb salmon. And not just any grilled salmon, we're gonna cook it on a cedar plank and infuse all that great flavor into the fish. So here's what you're gonna need, a cedar grill plank, 1 to 2 pounds of fresh salmon, 1 tablespoon of snipped fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon of snipped fresh sage, a quarter teaspoon of salt, and a quarter teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and then there's a great cucumber dill yoghurt sauce that you serve on the side, 1 cup of diced cucumber, a quarter cup of plain yoghurt, 2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise, and 2 teaspoons of dill. Now, 1 hour before you start grilling, you're gonna want to soak your cedar plank in water. You wanna get that nice and wet because otherwise when you put it on the grill, it might start on fire. Nobody wants that. I'm gonna take our salmon and put it skin side down on the cedar plank. Then I will brush it with the oil and now I'll sprinkle on some of the parsley. I love the look of that green next to the pink salmon. It looks so pretty. And then the sage. And then finally a little bit of salt and pepper. So, the grill is ready to go at about medium heat and I'm just gonna put the entire thing, the cedar plank and the salmon, on the grill for about 18 to 22 minutes until the fish flakes easily. What makes the salmon a true standout is the sauce we're gonna serve alongside of it. It's very simple, just some cucumber, some yoghurt, a little bit of mayonnaise, and fresh dill and that's it, a nice creamy sauce to serve alongside the salmon. So, the salmon has been on the grill for about 20 minutes. It smells heavenly. It actually smells like the inside of a sauna with that cedar cooking. So, let's take it off the grill and get ready to eat. Gorgeous! I mean that's as pretty as a picture right there. I think it looks beautiful to serve it right on the cedar plank, very rustic and delicious. Now, I'm just gonna spoon on some of our cucumber and dill yoghurt sauce. How gorgeous is that? Cedar plank grilled herb salmon. Thanks for watching. For more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 1   12x6x1/2-inch cedar grill plank*
  • 1  2  pound fresh or frozen salmon fillet (with skin), about 1 inch thick
  • 1   tablespoon canola oil
  • 1   tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
  • 1   teaspoon snipped fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  Fresh sage (optional)

  • Blackberry Sauce:
  • 1   cup fresh or frozen blackberries or raspberries
  • 2   tablespoons cranberry juice, apple juice or water
  • 1   tablespoon sugar
  • 1   teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Cucumber Dill Sauce:
  • 1   cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4  cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2   tablespoons light mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2   teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill

Step By Step

At least 1 hour before grilling, soak cedar plank in enough water to cover, weighting it to keep submerged. Thaw salmon, if frozen. Rinse salmon with cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
Remove cedar plank from water. Place salmon fillet on the plank, skin side down. Brush oil atop the salmon. Sprinkle with parsley, sage, salt, and pepper. If desired, garnish salmon with additional fresh sage.
Prepare grill for indirect grilling. Test for medium heat above center of grill (not over coals). Place salmon on plank in center of the grill rack. Cover and grill for 18 to 22 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Serve with Blackberry Sauce and/or Cucumber Dill Sauce. Makes 8 servings.
Blackberry Sauce:
In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries or raspberries; 2 tablespoons cranberry juice, apple juice, or water; 1 tablespoon sugar; and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 8 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. If desired, strain out seeds. Serve warm or cooled. Makes 1/2 cup.
Cucumber-Dill Sauce:
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup finely chopped cucumber, 1/4 cup plain lowfat yogurt, 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise or salad dressing, and 2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill. Makes about 1 cup.

  • *Test Kitchen Tip: Look for cedar grill planks at a store that specializes in grilling supplies.
Plank-grilled salmon dates back to the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, who get credit for discovering this ingenious way to grill salmon over open fires. Campers still find it a favorite way to cook salmon.
Once you feel confident about how to grill salmon on a plank, try some other planked-grilled foods like meats, vegetables or other fish. And if you don't have a plank handy, you can get great results by grilling your salmon skin-side down over medium heat on your indoor or outdoor grill. Let it grill for about 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 256, Fat, total (g) 15, chol. (mg) 68, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 6, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 23, sodium (mg) 176, Lean Meat () 3.5, Fat () 1.5, Carb Choice () 0.5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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