Grilled Cedar-Planked Salmon

cedar plank salmon

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.

My favorite fish is salmon & I especially like it cooked on a cedar plank. I usually eat the cedar plank salmon at a restaurant but here’s a really great recipe you can make at home!

Nutritional Information Per Serving:  208 calories, 23 grams protein, 11 grams of fat,   grams of CHO, <1 grams dietary fiber,  270 mg sodium.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Plank Soak Time: at least 4 hours 

Serves:  8 four-ounce servings


  • 1 untreated cedar plank (14 X 7 X 1 inch)*
  • ½ cup Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 lb salmon fillet 1 inch thick (red snapper, orange roughy)



Put plank in water & make sure it is completely submerged & soak for at least 4 hours or you can soak overnight. Mix dressing, parsley, & tomatoes.  Brush the plank with oil, then top with salmon.  Put plank on medium heat grill.  Grill for 20 minutes or until the fish easily flakes with a fork. After 10 minutes of grilling salmon, add the dressing mixture to top the salmon.


Shopping List

  • 1 untreated cedar plank (14 X 7 X 1 inch)
  • Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing
  • fresh parsley
  • oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 lb salmon fillet 1 inch thick

*You can grill on a sheet of heavy-duty foil instead.

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Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition.  The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers.  Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition,, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues.  Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 13 grandchildren.     

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