by Olena

Cedar Plank Salmon (Video)

by Olena

5 from 3 reviews

Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe

Remember my Thai salmon? The only difference is this cedar plank salmon is grilled vs. baked in the oven. Same recipe that will blow everyone who tries it mind. Not a very pretty picture if it actually happens. Anyways… Let me assure you that cooking salmon on cedar plank is the best way to cook salmon. It’s better than any restaurant and still wows me every time I make it.

I got this cedar plank salmon recipe 20 years ago from much more seasoned than me an Alex couple back then. It used bottlet Thai kitchen chili sauce but we will do better than that.

Let’s dive in.

Cedar Plank Tips and Tricks

  • You can buy wood plank almost at any grocery store including Costco.
  • Or buy one huge cedar plank at Home Depot and ask them to cut it into 7-8 planks.
  • It has to be soaked before grilling.
  • You can re-use cedar plank if you it’s not too charred and only for the same recipe. Wash in hot water and dry.

Salmon Marinade

Cedar plank salmon marinade is simple – it’s my sweet chili sauce aka homemade Thai Kitchen sauce. It’s super simple to make and is way healthier than its store-bought version. The best part is that you don’t have to marinate the salmon in it – “Ain’t nobody got time for that”. Make cedar plank salmon on Friday night after work!

Use leftover Thai sauce with meats, seafood, vegetables and for dipping.

Cooking Salmon on Cedar Plank

  1. Soak cedar plank in water for at least 30 minutes. In the meanwhile, make sweet chili sauce.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (500 degrees F). Place salmon on pre-soaked cedar plank, brush with 1/4 cup Thai sauce, grill covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Open the grill, brush with remaining sauce, cover and grill for another 10 minutes.

The day before the video recipe production I was shopping at Costco. Unfortunately, it doesn’t carry wild salmon and I ended up buying farmed salmon (I was too tired to stop at another store). It explains not as bright orange/red colour and larger flakes. I forgot how much less flavourful farmed salmon is. I will not be buying it any time soon.

What to Serve with Wood Plank Salmon?

Can never go wrong with healthy mashed potatoes or low carb mashed potatoes .Or cooked brown rice or quinoa for a whole food side dish. And have you tried Instant Pot quinoa or pressure cooker brown rice? You literally walk away and forget about either after spending 30 seconds on prep.

In summer months, top with pineapple salsa, mango salsa or zesty blueberry salsa.

And I just have to suggest you Ukrainian classic – cucumber and tomato salad. 🙂

More Tasty Healthy Salmon Recipes:

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Cedar Plank Salmon

5 from 3 reviews

Learn THE BEST way to grill salmon that will blow everyone’s mind! Yup, I’m that confident!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • 3 lbs salmon fillet
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white or rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes


  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, add maple syrup, water, vinegar, cornstarch, garlic, salt and red chili pepper flakes; whisk well.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until thickened. Reserve 1/2 cup for cedar plank salmon and transfer remainder to a glass jar. Use with meats, seafood, vegetables and for dipping. Highly recommend to make Thai Salmon that everyone will rave about for weeks!
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (500 degrees F). Place salmon on pre-soaked cedar plank and brush with half of the reserved 1/2 cup Thai sauce. Place on a grill, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Open the grill, brush salmon with remaining sauce, cover and grill for another 10 minutes or until the thermometer inserted in the deepest spot reads 130 degrees F.
  6. Cut into 8 slices and serve warm right off the plank placed on a platter. You can brush salmon with more Thai sauce if desired.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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