Cedar-plank salmon

Prep 10 min
Total 25 min
Plus 60 minutes soaking time
Serves 12



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
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.

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.


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