Cedar Plank Garlic – Rosemary Salmon

Salmon is one of my favorite fish.  There’s nothing like fresh – caught salmon cooked on a cedar plank.  But to be honest with you I haven’t really had good salmon since I lived in Alaska.  There you could buy fresh salmon right off the boats, or even if you bought it in the store, you knew it was fresh.  Even living in New England now, you would think you would always be able to find fresh seafood, but it’s kind of challenging finding fresh salmon.  I mean, I can always find fresh farmed-salmon, but it’s not the same.

Anyways, the other day, I picked up some fresh wild Atlantic salmon and decided to cook it on a cedar plank.  If you’ve never cooked on a cedar plank before you MUST try it.  So easy and it tastes so good.  Now since we just moved and I’m still unpacking, I couldn’t find my large cedar planks, but I made it work with a small cedar plank.  I seasoned my fish with garlic and rosemary.  The only thing I want to mention is that rosemary is a very strong herb and salmon is a very delicate fish.  Just make sure not to use TOO much rosemary and overpower the fish.

Start with your salmon.  Place on a cedar plank that has been soaking in water for about an hour or two.


Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Top with minced garlic and rosemary.


Place on medium-heat grill.


Cook until fish is done – about 25 minutes.



1 large piece of salmon – cut into serving portions
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 sprigs of rosemary, minced
salt and pepper
cedar plank

Soak cedar plank in water for 1-2 hours.  Place salmon that has been cut into serving pieces on the cedar plank.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Top with minced rosemary and garlic.  Make sure not to use TOO much rosemary so you don’t overpower the salmon.  Place the cedar plank on a medium-heat grill and cook until fish is done – about 25 minutes.