Fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon

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Father’s Day provided me with some cedar wood grill planks. When I first saw these available in stores, I was skeptical. Were these really going to boost the flavor and make me the neighborhood grill lord?

  

I should be more trusting, due to all of the times I smoke (meat) and use flavored wood chips. They really affect the meat flavor, but it’s a process which can take from 14-18 hours. This salmon was going to take 10 minutes…tops. 

I eat my words. The cedar flavor wasn’t life-changing, but it was there and when the plank was on the heat, the smell was really there. First rule of thumb is to give the planks a really good soak, and the second rule would be not to leave it unattended. Sometimes this is easier said than done. The planks come in packs of two and the first plank I used became ash… poof, just like that! I was probably distracted by a certain three-year-old who probably  definitely was doing something illegal. By the time I returned to the grill, the plank was literally gone. This time using the second plank I didn’t leave the grill, and said three-year-old was taking a nap…score!

I used Alaskan Sockeye salmon because it’s in season, well-priced and super easy to cook. Its deep pink color and fresh taste make it a huge favorite in our house. The kids will eat huge fillets of salmon without any fuss, only needing some seasoning and fresh herbs. It cooks fast and can be added to pasta, salads, rice, grains…anything! It’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Acceptable catch amounts set by the State of Alaska ensures fish for our future…I can’t imagine buying salmon at $30 per pound just because we didn’t pay attention to over-fishing. To find out more check out Alaskaseafood.org and remember how easy it is to cook fish! I’m also excited to be visiting Alaska in a few weeks, so you can be sure I’ll be stuffing myself full of fresh, local seafood! Follow me on my journey through Instagram.

Cedar Plank Salmon
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound Alaskan Sockeye salmon fillets
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp lemon thyme, finely chopped
  4. Seasoning of your choice
  5. 1 lemon, halved
Instructions
  1. Make sure your grill plank has been soaked in water for at least 1 hour before.
  2. Preheat the grill to high and keep one side on a low heat.
  3. Place the salmon on the plank, drizzle with the olive oil.
  4. Season well, I used some lemon pepper seasoning.
  5. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme.
  6. Place the plank onto the grill on the indirect side of the heat.
  7. Grill for about 10 minutes and the salmon is slightly firm to the touch.
  8. Don't overcook it as it'll keep cooking after it comes off the grill.
  9. Squeeze the lemon over the salmon and serve at once.
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29 comments


  • I have been wanting to try grilling with a cedar plank. Thanks for the tips :)

    June 27, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      You’re welcome Lisa, good luck!

      June 28, 2013
  • This looks amazing! I have always wanted to use a cedar plank and you just pushed me to do it! Can’t wait to make this!

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Tieghan, doooo it!

      June 28, 2013
  • I love cedar plank salmon. I find you get more cedar flavour if you only soak the boards for a single hour, no more. Yours is beautiful!

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Hmm, good to know. The first board was soaked overnight but the second one for about an hour.

      June 28, 2013
  • Have a blast in Alaska. I went last year and it was life changing! GREG

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Your kinda scaring me Greg ;) Not sure I need life changing right now lol. Some zen would be nice though.

      June 28, 2013
  • Please, a moment of silence for a good plank who was lost far too soon.

    And, I have to try this, fits right in to my current grill obsession.

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks for your kind words Miss Dodd. The plank was a great friend and will be sadly missed…

      June 28, 2013
  • You and I eat the same! And I LOVE that you grilled the lemons!

    June 28, 2013
  • I love cedar plank salmon!!! IRRESISTIBLE!

    June 28, 2013
  • Looks wonderful! You have smart kids even if they need a traffic cop!

    June 28, 2013
  • I love the flavor a cedar plank gives salmon!

    June 28, 2013
  • Whoa, looks AH-MAZING!!! And you photographed it so beautifully Gerry.

    June 28, 2013
  • How awesome about the trip! I look forward to hearing about the practices and differences of farmed salmon, threats to the industry, etc.

    I like using planks too. Are those Afire branded planks?

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      I’m not 100% sure Chris. I’ll let you know how the trip goes :)

      June 28, 2013
  • Nessa

    Salmon is such a great family dinner! I want to make this soon :)

    June 28, 2013
  • I bought some Sockeye last week at Whole Foods when they ran their one day sale and stocked up my freezer. I loooove me some salmon, but my husband hasn’t been convinced the plank imparts much flavor. Still trying to convert the Smudge into liking it, you’re lucky.

    June 28, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Aww Smudge should hang out with Mir and have like a salmon party :) Like I said, the plank isn’t a deal breaker for me but I prefer it to searing it in a pan and it’s more fun :)

      June 28, 2013
  • This looks fantastic, Gerry!!

    June 28, 2013
  • I seriously need to get a dang grill!!! And ps – you go on the most amazing trips!!!

    June 29, 2013
  • LOL – the trials of cooking with a 3-year-old around! Sorry to hear about that plank. But your salmon is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want cedar-planked salmon for dinner…

    June 29, 2013
  • Greetings, this is my first visit to your site, having skipped on over from Greg at Sippity Sup. What a glorious post! You photos are beautiful and showcase your food to great advantage, and I enjoyed the narrative. I also applaud your ability to cook, write and raise a kiddo. Bravo! You’ve got a new reader.

    Now what’s this about artisan caramels? Further exploration is in order….

    Best,
    ABC

    June 30, 2013
  • I adore sockeye salmon as well! I need to get me a cedar plank!

    June 30, 2013
  • This look super tasty! I have yet to try grilling with cedar planks, but I have been experimenting with wood chips. I need to get my hands on some planks! Enjoy Alaska :)

    June 30, 2013
  • Living in the PNW I wait all year for salmon season. Yours looks perfect!

    July 02, 2013
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