Cedar plank grilled salmon with garlic, lemon, and dill


  • 1 (3 pound) whole fillet of salmon, skin on, scored to about the size of the pieces you want to serve, do not cut all the way through yet
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus lemon wedges for serving

Soak an untreated cedar plank (or planks) large enough to hold a side of salmon (5 to 7 inches wide and 16 to 20 inches long) in water, weighting it with something heavy, like a brick, so it stays submerged from 30 minutes to something like 24 hours, your preference.

When you’re ready to grill get you a fire going in about half of the grill whether you’re using gas or char coal it has to be half of the grill. Let that heat up about ten minutes. While that’s heating up mix together the oil, garlic, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Put that on the salmon however you feel like putting it on the salmon. Try to coat the whole thing.

Place soaked cedar on hot grill grate, close lid, and watch until wood starts to smoke, if it immediately burst into flames you did something wrong… put the salmon on the hot plank and cook for about 20 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes; serve with lemon wedges.


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