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Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe
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Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

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"I live in Alaska and have 3 sons that love to fish. I have had to come up with some pretty creative ways to prepare salmon, this is by far my family and friends favorite way to eat fresh salmon. I soak an untreated cedar plank in water and bourbon while they are out fishing for the day and fix the barbeque sauce so that's it is ready to get grilling....."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Soak the cedar planks in warm water for 1 to 2 hours. Add a splash of bourbon to the water if desired.
  2. Bring the pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the sugar, 1 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. Set the sauce aside.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. They are ready to cook on when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.
  4. Season the salmon with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Place the fillets onto the smoking cedar planks, close the lid of the grill, and cook for 10 minutes. Spoon a small amount of the sauce over the salmon fillets, and continue cooking until the fish turns opaque in the center, about 5 minutes more. Serve with the remaining sauce.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 14, 2008

Thank you for sharing. This was awesome. Instead of grilling; since we are in apartment, I baked the salmon for 25 min at 350 and it turned out wonderful.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 13, 2011

We thought it was way to peppery and we usually like spicey. We liked the other flavors and might make it again but adjust it a bit.

Jun 05, 2009

I made this in a skillet (didn't have a plank)and my husband said it was the best salmon he ever had!

Jul 20, 2008

AWESOME! I will make this again and again! Yumm! And don't be afraid of the cayenne pepper it's certainly not too strong (my husband agreed and he doesn't care for really spicy things - I do though). We cooked exactly by recipe and on a cedar plank on gas grill! It was out of this world - one of the best salmon dishes I've ever had!

Jul 16, 2008

My husband and I love this recipe. Thank you so much. It is a KEEPER! Question: some have mentioned plank salmon cooking using a kitchen oven instead of outside grilling. How do you preheat the plank and cook the salmon without having your home filled with SMOKE?

Jul 02, 2008

I made this recipe last night for the wife and I. The taste was excellent. My wife has declared it her favorite salmon recipe to date. I served it over white rice and mixed some of the sauce into the rice as it cooked. I did as some others suggested and brushed salmon with sauce 3-4 times as it cooked. Otherwise I did not open grill at all. Poured a genourous amount of sauce overtop all seconds before eating. Only real modification was that i used a alder plank rather than a cedar.

Jan 18, 2009

VERY GOOD!! Didn't change a thing. It was a little spicy when tasting alone, but was perfect once on the salmon. It had just the right amount of spicy sweet flavor. I put salmon on top of whole grain rice, then poured a little of the left over sauce on top. FANTASTIC!

Mar 16, 2009

I LOVED this recipe. Only thing that I added was peppercorns on top and baked for 25 minutes. I basted the salmon a few times while the sauce thickened and had leftover, so we had enough to dip each piece of salmon in the sauce. SO FREEEKING DELICIOUS! I seriously just wanted to drink the sauce.


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  • Calories
  • 484 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 16.7 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 37 g
  • 74%
  • Sodium
  • 893 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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