Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon

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Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon is a game changer if you’re a salmon lover. The cedar plank imparts a wonderful smoky flavour to the salmon and makes it deliciously moist and tender. Here’s our recipe for the best Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon.

Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon
Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon

Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon

Salmon is a healthy and delicious fish that can be cooked in many different ways, one of the best ways to cook salmon is on a cedar plank. This dish is perfect any occasion, whether that’s a casual week day dinner or hosting your friends on the weekend, this dish is sure to impress.

The salmon is marinated in a delicious blend of herbs and spices, then smoked over cedar planks for a tender and juicy finish. This dish is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more!

Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon FAQs

What are the benefits of eating salmon?

There are many benefits to eating salmon. This type of fish is very healthy and is a good source of protein. Smoked salmon is also very flavorful and can be a great addition to any meal.

How long does it take to smoke cedar plank salmon?

It usually takes about 10-20 minutes to smoke cedar plank salmon. However, the exact time will depend on the thickness of the fish. thicker pieces of salmon will take longer to cook through.

Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon

Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe

Delicious Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon you can try at home.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Inactive 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings 6



  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound skin-on center-cut wild salmon fillet
  • 2 slices lemon
  • 3 to 4 sprigs thyme


  • Create a brine by combining brown sugar, salt, 1 tsp pepper and 4 cups of water in a large bowl. Stir until dissolved and submerge salmon completely. Place something over the salmon to ensure the entire fish is underwater. Cover and refrigerate for over 2 hours.
  • Soak wood chips and cedar plank in water for one hour, then prepare your grill for smoking.
  • Preheat smoker to 250F
  • Take the salmon out of refrigerator about 30 minutes before smoking, drain and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Place salmon skin-side down on the cedar plank and season with salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices and thyme sprigs, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Place the salmon plank on the cooler side of the grill and let smoke until it turns golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  • If using a gas grill, turn off the flame and let the salmon sit for 10 more minutes (this is not necessary if using charcoal).
  • Remove from the grill and serve