Learn to Cook with Wood – Part 2: BBQ Salmon Fillet on Cedar Planks 24/05/16

Welcome to the second part of Learning to Cook with Wood. Today we’re going to be looking at how you can easily create a delicious barbecue salmon fillet meal.

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After reading this recipe, you’ll know all about what ingredients are best, how to properly use cedar planks and how to flavour and cook your fish.


What You’ll Need

  • Cedar wooden plank(s)
  • Grease proof paper
  • Pre heated wood oven or BBQ



  • Salmon fillet
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 x lemon



1       Soak your Cedar plank(s)

Soak your cedar plank(s) in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking to avoid ruining the plank or catching fire. Place the plank(s) in the pan, add water to cover it completely and then weigh the plank down to keep it covered (try using a medium-sized pot for this).

BBQ Wood Plank Cooking

If you want to add a touch of originality to your salmon dish, feel free to try different liquids to soak your planks such as apple juice, wine or any sensible flavourings you wish. Experiment and get creative!

2       Place your wood planks onto grease proof paper

Carefully place your soaked planks in grease proof paper for extra protection from the heat exposure.

3       Coat the surface of the plank with olive oil

Add a reasonably light coating of olive oil to the cedar planks. This will soak a little extra flavour into your fish and ensure that your fish won’t stick to the wooden planks.

4       Put your salmon fillet(s) on the wooden planks and season

Lay your salmon fillets on the cedar planks skin side down and sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder on your fillets and proceed to rub the seasoning into the fish.

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Make sure that you do not over season the fish but try to cover the fillets fully to ensure maximum flavour.

5       Place in your oven and cook until done

Place your salmon fillet in your oven, making sure that the plank is not placed too close to any flame but still exposed to as much heat as possible. Be sure to monitor the cooking progress yourself and make sure the salmon is cooked until done.

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There is no exact cooking time because it will vary based on the size and thickness of the fillets and the position of the planks. Salmon is a delicate fish and only “just” needs to be cooked through.

6       Take your fillet out of the oven, flavour and serve

Once your salmon fillets are fully cooked, take the planks out of the oven and place on a convenient surface.

BBQ Wood Plank Cooking

Splash your fillets with fresh lemon and add more seasoning if wanted. For the best experience, you can now serve your delicious salmon on the planks!


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