Say ‘hello’ to your new favorite seafood recipe! This lemon herb cedar plank salmon is perfect for warm summer evenings! The salmon is super juicy, flaky and smoky from the cedar plank. I love to serve it with a side of zesty and crunchy asparagus. You’ll be enjoying this salmon recipe again and again!
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The Lemon Herb Topping:
What makes this salmon recipe so incredible is the flavored butter topping! To make the topping, I combined melted butter with loads of fresh lemon zest, fresh dill, and capers. The lemon zest adds so much flavor! After mixing all the topping ingredients together, I place the melted butter into the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes, to allow it to thicken. It’s much easier to spread the thickened butter over the salmon, and it will stay in place! Just use a small spatula or spoon to spread the butter onto the salmon.
I used a fairly large salmon fillet – 2 1/2 pounds, which will make 6 to 7 servings. You can cut this recipe in half for less servings.
Tips for using cedar planks:
If you’ve never tried using a cedar plank for your seafood, you’re seriously missing out! I fell in love with cedar plank grilling many years ago and it’s still my favorite way to prepare salmon. It enfuses the fish with an incredible smoky flavor that you just can’t get from a pan or regular grill. I also used my Traeger wood-pellet grill for this recipe with Hickory wood pellets to add even more flavor. More about my grill below!
- Make sure to soak the boards before using on the grill! This is important to avoid catching the plank on fire.
- Soak the boards for at least 30 minutes, but preferably 4 hours. Just fill up your sink and place a heavy tray on top to keep the boards submerged. Or, do the same in a large pan if you don’t want to occupy your sink.
Salmon Skin on or off??
The eternal question for salmon lovers! I personally don’t like salmon skin or any fish skin for that matter but don’t let that stop you from preparing salmon the way you like it! I use a sharp knife to remove the skin and kitchen tweezers to remove any pin bones. Watch my video recipe to see how I do this – it’s super easy! If you like salmon skin, just leave it on and prepare the recipe the same.
I always add veggies to my grill whenever I’m making anything! I love this cedar plank salmon with zesty lemon asparagus. Just season the asparagus with olive oil, salt and lemon zest. This recipe will work great with other veggies, such as portobello mushrooms, zucchini, corn or even bell peppers.
Or, try this lemon salmon with this delicious and refreshing salad! Check out my ‘Avocado Salmon Salad’ for the full recipe!
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I love my classic Wusthof Ikon chef’s knife! Get a small set or just the knife.
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Get a bundle of cedar planks to last you all summer.
And I love this sturdy lemon zester.
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Lemon Herb Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe (video)
- 2 to 2.5 pound salmon fillet
- salt to season
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 2 tbsp fresh dill
- 1 tbsp capers, minced
- zest from 1 large lemon
- 1 tsp salt
- ground black pepper
- 1 large bundle asparagus
- 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt to season
- zest from 1/2 lemon
- 2 cedar planks, presoaked
- Presoak the cedar planks for at least 30 minutes, but preferably for at least 4 hours or overnight. Preheat your grill when ready to prepare the dish. If you're using a Traeger grill, set it first to 'smoke' and preheat for 10 minutes. If using a conventional grill, preheat the grill to 450F.
- Prepare the butter topping: melt the butter in a large bowl. Finely mince the garlic and capers, then add to the melted butter along with the fresh dill, lemon zest, salt and a bit of ground black pepper. Stir all the ingredients together, then place the bowl into the refrigerator to chill for at least 10 to 15 minutes. The butter needs to thicken into a spread.
- Prepare the salmon: the fish can be grilled with the skin on or off. Use a very sharp knife to remove the skin; watch my video recipe to see how it's done. The salmon can be prepared as a whole piece or cut into serving size pieces. Season the salmon all over lightly with salt before arranging on the pre-soaked cedar planks.
- Wash the asparagus and cut off the hard ends. Place the asparagus on a flat sheet pan or tray and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and lemon zest.
- Head out to the grill! For the Traeger grill, I first smoked the salmon and asparagus for 20 minutes, then turned the temperature up to 'grill', about 425F for another 15 minutes, until the salmon was done. If using a conventional grill, grill the salmon over a low/medium flame at 450F with the lid closed for 20 to 22 minutes, until the edges of the salmon are golden. Grill the asparagus for 10 minutes over a low flame, turning occasionally.
- The salmon can be served directly off the plank with a side of asparagus and a few lemon wedges.