Fresh Alaskan Grilled Salmon

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?

 Juicy Alaskan grilled salmon cooked on a cedar plank 

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 grilled 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 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.

Perfect grilled salmon cooked on a cedar plankFlaky grilled salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon
Serves 4
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  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
  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.
Foodness Gracious



  1. says

    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!

    • foodnessgracious says

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

    • foodnessgracious says

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

    • foodnessgracious says

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

  2. says

    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?

  3. says

    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.

    • foodnessgracious says

      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 :)

  4. says

    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….



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