Alaskan Maple Cedar Plank Salmon


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Alaskan Maple Cedar Plank Salmon

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    The cedar plank not only infuses a hint of smoky flavor into the salmon, but it also keeps the salmon from falling through the grill grates.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    1 (15x7-in.) grilling cedar grilling plank
    ¾ c. dark amber pure maple syrup
    3 tbsp. Hy-Vee apple cider flavored vinegar
    3 tbsp. Canadian whisky
    1 tbsp. smoked paprika
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee less sodium soy sauce
    1 ½ tsp. coarsely ground Hy-Vee garlic pepper, plus additional for serving
    1 (2-lb.) Fish Market center-cut, skin-on wild Alaska sockeye salmon fillet, ½ to ¾ in. thick
    Green onions, for garnish
    Lemon slices, grilled; for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • 15x7-in. cedar grilling plank
    • Small saucepan
    • Whisk
    • Paper towels
    • Silicone pastry brush
    • Plastic wrap
    • Charcoal or gas grill
    • Spray bottle with water
    • Tongs


    1. Soak cedar plank in water for 1 to 2 hours.

    2. Meanwhile, combine maple syrup, vinegar, whisky, smoked paprika, soy sauce and 1½ tsp. garlic pepper in a small saucepan. Gently boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until reduced to ¾ cup, whisking constantly.

    3. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Brush salmon with ¼ cup syrup mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

    4. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400 degrees). Place soaked plank on hot grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until lightly smoking and charred, turn once.

    5. Place salmon, skin side down, on cedar plank. Grill for 8 minutes; brush with ¼ cup syrup mixture. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes more or until salmon flakes easily with a fork (145 degrees.) If necessary, use a spray bottle filled with water to put out flare-ups.

    6. Remove plank with salmon from grill. Garnish with green onions and grilled lemon slices, if desired. Serve with remaining syrup mixture and additional garlic pepper.

    Nutrition facts


    250 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 6g
    • Cholesterol: 60mg
    • Sodium: 340mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 20g
    • Protein: 24g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 70%
    Potassium 10%