Cedar Plank Heaven

Did I say heaven?? I meant salmon. Slip of the tongue! Wednesday night for dinner I cooked salmon over a cedar plank for the first time, and it most definitely will not be the last. I’m still over here day dreaming about that smell….. But before I share that recipe, I know you guys are dying to hear about my day. Breakfast started out with a plate of cheesy eggs and hot salsa, just the way vacation days should start.


After I let breakfast settle, I drove over to the gym and jogged for 15 minutes to warm up before going to the cycling room for a new-to-me cycling class. Naturally, I needed help setting up my bike, and the instructor noticed immediately and came over to help. Can’t reach the pedals = no bueno. As soon as the class started, I knew it was going to be a toughie, but I knew I was going to love it. The music was mostly 80s throw backs, and all of the songs kept me pumped up. The class was wonderful and I didn’t even have to wait ’till the following day to be sore! I was sore immediately!


Lunch time rolled around and I was so excited because I had a lunch date planned with my sweet grandparents. They are as precious as precious can be, and we very much enjoyed our lunch at Pane Rustica. I especially enjoyed my massive salad, which was topped with roasted zucchini, eggplant, peppers, fresh mozzarella, and various fresh fruit. It held me over ALL.DAY.LONG. Eureka!


I ran some errands and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon until it was time to start preparing dinner. Now here comes the good stuff, the cedar-y sweet goodness that I promised. Like I mentioned, this was my first time grilling anything on planks, but I knew I wanted to try it out a few weeks ago when Derek’s mom made the most delicious salmon I’ve ever eaten on cedar planks. I purchased planks several months back and never used them, but Wednesday night was the night!

Cedar Plank Salmon

1 1/2 pound fresh salmon

1 T thyme

1 T cumin

1 T garlic powder

1 T brown sugar

2 lemons

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 cedar planks, soaked in water at least 2 hours (I soaked mine in the kitchen sink)


Cut salmon into 4 fillets and set aside. Cut both lemons in half, and set one half aside. Cut the other 3 halves into slices to place on top of the cedar planks, under the salmon. Squeeze the juice from the remaining half into a bowl, and add vegetable oil to the lemon juice. Whisk together. Place salmon fillets atop the lemon slices on the cedar planks.

In a small bowl, mix garlic powder, thyme, cumin and brown sugar. Rub spice mixture over salmon, and cook over medium-high heat on a grill for 30-40 minutes, or until flaky and cooked through.


image-321I served the cedar salmon with green beans that I blanched and sauteed in olive oil and garlic.

image-320I think I will have serious trouble going back to regular ole grilled salmon anytime soon. The thought is horrifying.

Anyone else ever grill over planks before?


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