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Salmon Barbequed on a Cedar Plank

Recipe Information
Salmon barbequed on a cedar plank

Bruce Tate


  • cedar plank(s) large enough to hold salmon without crowding (these must be untreated cedar planks with no preservatives or chemicals)
  • 4 salmon steaks or individual filets (preferably wild caught)
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) fresh lemon juice, divided use (2 for the marinade and 2 for the sauce)
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed oil (or other clean tasting and light-flavoured oil)
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml) chipotle powder (chipotle barbeque sauce may be substituted for this)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) crushed dried rosemary
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Spray-bottle of water for controlling flare-ups
  • Soak the cedar plank(s)under water for a few hours (or overnight).
  • Mix the oil, 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice, maple syrup, 1/2 tsp (2 ml) chipotle powder and 1 tsp (5 ml) rosemary in a small bowl.
  • Rub the mixture over the salmon and let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Mix the remaining 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice with the remaining tsp of chipotle powder and put aside.
  • Preheat barbeque to medium-high.
  • Place cedar plank on barbeque and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Close lid and heat plank for a couple minutes.
  • Place salmon on plank (in the case of filets, place skin side down).
  • Close lid.
  • Turn heat down to low.
  • Barbeque for about 15 minutes or until flesh is no longer translucent and can be easily broken with a fork.
  • Place salmon on serving platter and sprinkle with scallions.
  • Serve with lemon juice/chipotle sauce as an optional garnish.
  • Place plank in water to cool before discarding.
Wild caught Salmon has a wonderful flavour and may provide more beneficial Omega 3 fats. Similarly using organic foods where possible in the recipe enhance taste, benefit health and help preserve the environment.

Editors Note: Beware, chipotle powder has a wonderful smokey taste but can be very hot. Test yours before going all out with it.