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Plank smoked salmon recipe

Plank smoked salmon recipe

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Salmon is a delicate fish that does well when lightly smoked and gently seasoned. Cooking it on a plank over live fire gives it a great smokey flavour while letting it hold its shape.

Washington, United States

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large salmon fillet
  • lemon, to garnish
  • fresh dill, to garnish

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Preheat a smoker or oven to 125 degrees C.
  2. In a heatproof dish combine the butter, garlic, dill and salt. Place in the smoker or oven and melt. The longer this can infuse, the stronger the flavour; heat for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  3. Lay the salmon on a food-safe plank of wood, such as untreated alder wood.
  4. Brush the salmon with the flavoured butter then add to the smoker or oven.
  5. Cook for 40 minutes, checking every 10 minutes, and basting with the butter each time. It is cooked when it gently flakes away when pulled.
  6. Serve garnished with lemon, dill and the remaining seasoned butter.

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Plank smoked salmon

Plank smoked salmon

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by JustYummy

I nice flavor and one variation of cooking with a wood plank. Home Depot actually sells the cedar planks for cooking and they come in a package of 8 for about $7. I myself like to use the cedar plank on a gas grill ( Bar B Q ) with my Salmon covered in Hellman's mayonnaise and sprinkled with the table blend of Mrs. Dash. It's Awesome!!!-13 Apr 2018

Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

How to Smoke Cedar Plank Salmon
Salmon fillets are a high quality fish that is typically on the higher end of the price range on a restaurant menu. Smoking salmon on a cedar plank at home is one way to enjoy this delicious gourmet dish for a fraction of the cost. With this salmon recipe, you will feel like a professional chef once you taste the end result.

Smoking the salmon on a cedar plank solves the age old problem of fish falling apart and through the grates while smoking or grilling it. This is actually one of the most frustrating things that won't happen when you lay your fillets out on the cedar plank. And, you can reuse the cedar plank about 3-4 times before you have to buy new ones.

  • 4 or 6 salmon fillets (You should be able to fit 2 or 3 salmon fillets on each cedar plank depending on the size)
  • 2 cedar planks
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per salmon fillet
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic and herb seasoning per salmon fillet
  • 1 bag of charcoal (if you have a charcoal smoker)
  • 1 bottle of lighter fluid or a charcoal chimney starter
  • 1 or 2 bags of wood chips of your choice
  1. Soak your cedar planks and wood chips in water for an hour. This will help preserve your cedar plank because the water saturation will make it less likely to brown or burn by the heat of the smoker. This will also impart some moisture to provide a sweet and smoky flavor in the smoker to help keep your smoked salmon moist and flavorful.
  2. Next, combine your garlic and herb seasoning with the lemon juice and rub into both sides of each salmon fillet. You can even do this a few hours ahead of time to help all of the seasoning marinate into the salmon and provide some extra flavor.
    smoker approximately 30 minutes before you want to put your cedar plank salmon on.
  3. Wrap your wood chips in an aluminum foil pouch or a metal smoker box. Punch holes in the foil pouch to let the smoke escape out the top.
  4. Next simply put your salmon fillets on the cedar planks and put them on the smoker. Place a slice or two of the lemon on top of each salmon fillet.
  5. Check the smoked salmon after about an hour and a half to make sure you have the ideal temperature and smoke. You may need to add more wood chips to finish off the salmon. Your salmon should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on the temperature of your smoker. See below for more information about smoked salmon cooking times and how to determine when salmon is done.
  6. If you have some smoked salmon left over when you are done eating, try making some smoked salmon dip for a great appetizer on your meal tomorrow.

Cedar Plank Salmon Smoking and Cooking Time
The cooking time for cedar plank smoked salmon will be about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. There is one simple test you can always perform with fish to check to see if it is done. You can insert a fork or a meat thermometer into the center of the fish for 5-10 seconds. Then pull it out and touch the metal. If the metal feels hot to the touch, your smoked salmon is done. You can also tell because your salmon will shrink down slightly and develop a white liquid on the outside of the salmon.

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Smoked Salmon Recipe

This is a simple and quick way to grill smoked salmon that turns our perfect every time.

Soak your salmon plank in water for at least 30 minutes prior to putting it on the grill.

In addition, soak your alder wood chips in a cup of water.

Remove any bones from the salmon. Leave the skin on.

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze half a lemon on each piece of salmon (if they are smaller pieces of salmon do less). Baste the lemon evenly with a basting brush.

Apply Jane's Krazy Original Mixed-Up Salt and Tony Chachere's creole seasoning.

You don't want to overdue either of this and overpower the great flavor of the smoked salmon, so go light here.

Heat your grill to 375 degrees. Drain the water out of the cup holding the Alder Wood Chips.

Remove the grill grate and pour in the Alder Wood Chips - the smoke will start almost immediately.

Place the Salmon on the Cedar Plank.

You want to get the internal temperature of the salmon to 145 degrees (140 if you like it more rare).

This typically takes 10 - 15 minutes based on grill temperature and thickness of the salmon. Check after 10 minutes, you DON'T want to overcook the salmon and lose the flavor.

You can smoke a whole salmon or as a filet. If you caught your own salmon, just be sure is has been gutted.

Some people brine or cure their salmon prior to smoking, but with this recipe, you don’t need to. The lemon juice will help it retain moisture during the smoking process. If you do prefer to use a brine, try this recipe:

Combine 8oz gin or vodka, 2 tbsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp cracked black pepper, 1 tbsp ground fennel seed, ¼ cup dark brown sugar for the cure and spread on a sheet pan, place the salmon over the cure skin side up, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate overnight.

Preheat your grill and oil up one side of the cedar with your olive oil. Sprinkle a bit of the Cajun seasoning on the plank, and lay the filet of salmon on top. Season the filet with salt, pepper, and the spice mix. Cover the filet completely with the ginger and zest this adds flavor and helps the fish retain all of its moisture.

Put the whole thing directly on the grill over the coals, close the lid, and stand back! The thing will smoke like crazy for a while. Check on the salmon after 15 minutes.

If the plank catches on fire before the salmon is done, simply spray it with some water.

When the salmon is done, you can either serve the whole thing with the cedar flaming around the edges, or remove it from the cedar plank and serve.

You may wish to remove most of the crushed ginger topping as it is a bit overpowering.

A nice sauce to accompany this can be made with soy sauce, green onions, and sesame oil.

If you have a backyard smoker (water smoker, SnP Pro, Black Diamond, Hondo, Weber Smokey Mountain) or a Weber Kettle grill, you can make excellent smoked salmon by just getting the smoker going at 250 degrees F, put some flavor wood chips (apple is nice) on the coals and put the salmon filets or steaks on a piece of oiled foil on the meat rack.

Cook to an internal temperature of 150 degrees F (30-60 minutes depending on thickness of meat). I like to paint on some teriyaki sauce about 5 minutes before I take the fish off the rack and serve it. For the Weber Kettle grill, use the indirect heat cooking method.

Recipe: Red Oak Planked Smoked Salmon

Short History of Plank Cooking: There are two schools of thought on where plank cooking originated – some believe that it originated with the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and others believe that it was a Scandinavian method bought over to America by early travelers. The earliest known documentation on plank cooking comes from the 1911 publication of the Boston Cooking School Cookbook and was written by Fannie Farmer. Interestingly enough, that recipe was for planked chicken and duchess potatoes, which I’ve never seen cooked on a plank, so I think that’s a new challenge to take on.

Pro Tip: Soak you plank ahead of time. Most say 1 hour – I say 12-24 hours. Fully submerge that sucker.

Plank cooking is dead on simple – meat, plank, fire. Anything else is just accoutrement or window dressing. But that’s the fun part – you can make it what you wish so long as you get the basics down.

BGE Setup: Set the Egg up for direct cooking – you don’t need any wood chunks or chips because of your plank – but it won’t hurt here either. Light the egg and bring the temperature up to 400-450 and then bring it down to hold steady around 300-350. Place your grill/grid on the fire ring and you are all set to go.

Red Oak Planked Salmon Ingredients:

  • (1) Salmon Fillet (sized based on what you need)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • (1) Lemon cut into slices
  • Dill if you have it from the garden


  • Soak the plank 12-24 hours in advance (in water)
  • Start the Egg (see above)
  • Place the plank on the Egg to warm while you prep the rest of the ingredients
  • Pat dry the salmon, then season with salt and pepper
  • Layer the lemons on the salmon & sprinkle on the dill
  • Place the salmon on the place & close your dome
  • Let the salmon cook for 12-15 minutes (depending on your size!)
  • Open the dome and check the salmon – you can let it flare up a bit for added effect now
  • Salmon will be done when it’s flakes all the way through – be careful not to turn it into dust!
  • Remove the entire plank from the BGE and serve

You can serve the salmon directly from the plank – just be sure to place the plank on a sheet tray because those ashy suckers will get stuff everywhere and no wife likes that.

Pro Tip: Save your planks from your cooks, rinse them once they cook and then use them as your lump/wood chunks on your next cook.

For my dinner – I also through on some kale from the garden. Super easy – just rinse, toss with olive oil, salt and crushed red pepper. Then as the salmon was finishing, I tossed the kale on the grill and let it crisp up – it’s done when it’s crispy enough for you.

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Salmon Cakes:

Chill half of the smoked salmon (about 15 ounces cooked salmon). In a large bowl beat 1 egg with a fork stir in 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs, 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, and 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or cilantro. Using two forks, flake the chilled smoked salmon into small pieces. Add flaked salmon to bread crumb mixture stir to combine. Using your hands, shape mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick cakes. In a very large skillet heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Arrange salmon cakes in a single layer in the skillet. Cook about 8 minutes or until done (an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of each cake registers 160°F) and lightly browned, turning once halfway through cooking time. For topping, in a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Serve topping over salmon cakes. Makes 4 servings.Per salmon cake: 379 calories, 25 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 27 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 127 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 8% Vitamin A, 5% Vitamin C, 264 mg sodium, 6% calcium, 9% iron

Look for a grill plank in the grilling supplies section of hardware and home supply stores.

Kamado Joe Hot Smoked Salmon

We’re settled on this hot smoked salmon recipe for now.

Other smoked salmon recipes we have tried use much lower smoking temperatures. For us, maintaining very low smoker temperatures &mdash 150 °F (65 °C) has proven to be very difficult, if not impossible. Why? Because the charcoal fire keeps going out. Hence, we would then need to remove the grill grate, heat deflector, and relight the fire.

In part, what makes this our best smoked salmon recipe, is the brining. Instead of an overnight dry brine and cure &mdash this step is done in 2 or 3 hours. So, if we have a hankering for smoked salmon, it’ll be on today’s menu. Keep reading for our smoked salmon brine recipe.

Another plus, we’re smoking indirect, at the manageable temperature of 225 °F (107 °C). So yes, you need to set up for indirect cooking.

What to Serve with Cedar Plank Salmon?

Cedar plank salmon is best served with a side dish that’s light in flavor to complement the smokey notes from the salmon. For that option, we decided to prepare a small serving of creamy mashed potatoes and a tasty, lip-smacking pineapple ginger juice to go with it.

1. Mashed Potatoes

Featuring russet potatoes, heavy cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper, and fresh parsley, mashed potatoes can act as good carb-heavy sides. They’re rich, velvety, and come together in just 30 minutes — well-rounded and super convenient.

2. Pineapple Ginger Juice

Thanks to a slightly spicy note from the ginger, this version of pineapple juice serves a beautiful balance of sweet and tangy flavor. Pour this vitamin-packed juice over ice and enjoy it between dishes to reset your taste buds.