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Fresh Alaskan Grilled Salmon

Fresh and juicy Alaskan grilled salmon is grilled on a cedar plank with fresh lemon thyme. The smoky flavor finishes off this incredibly easy 10-minute meal

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Juicy Alaskan grilled salmon cooked on a cedar plank
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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?

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.

Perfect grilled salmon cooked on a cedar plank
Flaky grilled salmon
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Juicy Alaskan grilled salmon cooked on a cedar plank

Main dish
10 minutes
Total TIME:
20 minutes
10 minutes


  • 1 pound Alaskan Sockeye salmon fillets
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon thyme (finely chopped)
  • Seasoning of your choice
  • 1 lemon (halved)

Ingredient Swaps


  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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