Best Cedar Grilling Planks Recipes: Classic salmon & even cheese!

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  August 12, 2020
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If you are thinking of grilling some tasty food, try grilling it on a cedar plank.

When grilling with a cedar plank, you typically start by soaking the wood in water.

When you put the food on the plank, the water causes the flavor of the cedar to infuse the food making it incredibly smokey and woody.

This is a unique taste that can work quite well in certain recipes.

Learn to master cedar plank grilling

Also, because food does not stick to a cedar plank as it does to a grill, no oils or non-stick products are necessary.

In this article, we are going to discuss cedar plank grilling and recommend recipes that can take your grilling to the next level.

6 delicious Cedar Plank Recipes

Now that we know a little about cedar grilling, let’s take a look at some recipes that are simply divine.

Cedar plank grilled salmon

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

Joost Nusselder
Since salmon is such a popular cedar plank food, let’s take a look at how we can grill it to perfection.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 3 12" untreated cedar planks
  • cup vegetable oil
  • tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 2 lb salmon fillets with the skin removed


  • Soak planks in warm water for at least an hour; the longer the better.
  • Stir vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger root and garlic in a shallow dish. Place salmon in the dish and leave in for 15 minutes to an hour to marinate.
  • Heat outdoor grill to medium heat and place planks on the top. When boards start to smoke and crackle, add the salmon discarding the marinade.
  • Cover salmon and grill about 20 minutes. The fillets will be ready when you can flake them with a fork.
Keyword BBQ, Cedar Planks, Fish, Grilled, Salmon

I like to use these 12″ Nature Carrier cedar planks:

Nature carrier 12 inch cedar planks

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Also read: the best grilling planks, a complete guide

Cedar Plank Grilled Chicken

This white meat dish provides a flavor kicks it out of the park.



  1. Pound the chicken with a mallet so that it is an even cut.
  2. Salt chicken generously and leave in refrigerator 6 -24 hours. Soak the plank 1 -2 hours before grilling.
  3. After brining, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. (Olive oil is not needed for chicken thighs).
  4. Preheat grill and put planks directly over heat. Place breasts on plank and grill over medium heat with lid closed.
  5. Chicken will smoke while it’s being cooked and it is advised to keep the lid close.
  6. Check the chicken every 2 -3 minutes while cooking to make sure each side comes in contact with the plank. Total cook time will be about ten minutes.
  7. Once chicken is done cooking, leave planks on the grill but put chicken directly on the grill to produce grill marks.

Serve over pasta or rice or shred into barbecue chicken sandwiches.

Plank Grilled Veggies

If you are looking for a healthy and delicious vegetarian dish, plank grilled veggies are ideal.



Blue Cheese and Planked Pears



  1. Cut pears in half and remove core
  2. Heat grill to medium heat and place planks on grill.
  3. Place pears on planks flesh side down.
  4. Close lid and allow to grill for 10 minutes.
  5. Move pears to a part of the grill with less direct heat. Turn over and fill with bleu cheese and cherries. Drizzle with honey.
  6. Keep the pears over the part of the grill with less direct heat and allow to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Serve warm.

Cedar Plank Steak

If you want a nice juicy steak, cedar plank grilled is the way to go.



  1. Take steak out of fridge and allow it to warm to room temperature.
  2. Soak cedar plank in water for one hour.
  3. Prepare grill for high heat. Place plank in the center of the grill and allow to heat with lid closed for 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, season steak with salt, pepper and garlic.
  5. Turn over plank and place steak on it.
  6. Close lid for 10 minutes
  7. Steak should reach an internal temperature of 120 degrees. Take it off the plank and place it on the grill grates to get a sear (2 -3 minutes) then flip it over to get the other side.
  8. Remove from grill and allow to sit for 3 – 4 minutes before serving.

Cedar Planked Grilled Cheese

Cedar planks take this everyday meal to the next level.



  1. Set grill for indirect grilling and set planks on top of it.
  2. While waiting for the grill to heat, soak the planks for 15 minutes.
  3. Place planks on grill. Close lid and let heat for 5 minutes. Assemble sandwiches open face style adding just the cheese. Put the sides of the sandwich on the plank and close the lid.
  4. After 15 minutes cheese should be melting.
  5. Open lid and put bacon on one side of the sandwiches and apple on the other. Let cook 5 minutes.
  6. Open lid and finish assembling sandwiches. Put directly on the grill to produce grill marks if desired.

Now that you know how to make some great cedar plank grilled recipes, which will you be cooking up in your home?

Also read: how to make a delicious smoked nova salmon from scratch