Cedar-plank salmon



10 min


25 min



* PLUS 60 minutes soaking time
Cedar-plank salmon

John Cullen


  • 2 untreated cedar planks , about 12 in. long
  • 2 750-g centre-cut, skin-on salmon fillets
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 very small red onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dill , optional


  • SOAK planks in cold water for 1 to 2 hours.
  • PREHEAT barbecue to medium. Slice each salmon fillet into 6 thin portions, cutting through flesh but not through the skin. Place each fillet on a plank, skin-side down.
  • STIR together Dijon, oil and salt in a small bowl. Brush over salmon and into the cuts. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Scatter onion overtop.
  • GRILL, covered, until fillet is barely firm to the touch and white juices appear all over the sides, 20 to 25 min. Turn barbecue off and keep lid closed for 5 min. Fish should now feel firm to the touch and a knife inserted into the thickest part and held for 10 seconds should be warm. If not, close lid and let rest another 5 min. Watch plank carefully; if it catches fire, spray with water and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • USE a wide spatula to remove fillets to a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 200,
  • Protein
  • 19 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g,
  • Fat
  • 12 g,
  • Sodium
  • 200 mg.

Kitchen Tip: The easiest way to soak the planks: Fill the sink or a cooler with water, then add planks and set a heavy pot on top of them to keep them submerged.