Salmon filets grilled on a cedar plank, topped with brown sugar and mustard glaze and served with sliced lemon.
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Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar plank salmon with brown sugar and dijon glaze that you can cook on the grill or in the oven. This delicious salmon recipe belongs in a restaurant and is sure to WOW your dinner guests. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soak Planks2 hrs
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 1 cedar plank
  • 2 salmon fillets , 3/4 lb pound each*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ΒΌ cup light brown sugar


  • Soak cedar plank in water for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours, prior to grilling.
  • Stir the brown sugar and Dijon mustard together until smooth.
  • Turn grill to medium-high heat. When ready to cook, place the pre-soaked cedar plank on the hot grate and close the lid. Leave it there until there is a smoke-y smell, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Turn the plank over and place the salmon, skin side down, on top. Spread a spoonful of mustard mixture on top of each filet and add a thin slice of lemon, if desired.
  • For indirect heat grilling: Heat grill to medium-high heat. Cook salmon in the center of hot grate, away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook salmon for about 15 to 25 minutes (depending on thickness), or until cooked through (135 degrees F) and flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook it.
  • You can cook the salmon over direct heat, but be careful to check the cedar plank occasionally. If the edges start to catch fire, mist with water, or move the plank to a cooler part of the grill.
  • (See my notes above for how to tell when salmon is done.)


*You can place as many salmon fillets on the cedar plank as it will fit. Cedar planks come in different sizes.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 900mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.9mg