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Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"I live in Alaska and have 3 sons that love to fish. I have had to come up with some pretty creative ways to prepare salmon, this is by far my family and friends favorite way to eat fresh salmon. I soak an untreated cedar plank in water and bourbon while they are out fishing for the day and fix the barbeque sauce so that's it is ready to get grilling....."
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1 h 45 m servings 484
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Soak the cedar planks in warm water for 1 to 2 hours. Add a splash of bourbon to the water if desired.
  2. Bring the pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the sugar, 1 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. Set the sauce aside.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. They are ready to cook on when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.
  4. Season the salmon with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Place the fillets onto the smoking cedar planks, close the lid of the grill, and cook for 10 minutes. Spoon a small amount of the sauce over the salmon fillets, and continue cooking until the fish turns opaque in the center, about 5 minutes more. Serve with the remaining sauce.


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  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 484 calories; 16.7 47.3 37 114 893 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Thank you for sharing. This was awesome. Instead of grilling; since we are in apartment, I baked the salmon for 25 min at 350 and it turned out wonderful.

Most helpful critical review

We thought it was way to peppery and we usually like spicey. We liked the other flavors and might make it again but adjust it a bit.

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Thank you for sharing. This was awesome. Instead of grilling; since we are in apartment, I baked the salmon for 25 min at 350 and it turned out wonderful.

I made this in a skillet (didn't have a plank)and my husband said it was the best salmon he ever had!

AWESOME! I will make this again and again! Yumm! And don't be afraid of the cayenne pepper it's certainly not too strong (my husband agreed and he doesn't care for really spicy things - I do ...

My husband and I love this recipe. Thank you so much. It is a KEEPER! Question: some have mentioned plank salmon cooking using a kitchen oven instead of outside grilling. How do you preheat...

I made this recipe last night for the wife and I. The taste was excellent. My wife has declared it her favorite salmon recipe to date. I served it over white rice and mixed some of the sauce int...

VERY GOOD!! Didn't change a thing. It was a little spicy when tasting alone, but was perfect once on the salmon. It had just the right amount of spicy sweet flavor. I put salmon on top of wh...

I LOVED this recipe. Only thing that I added was peppercorns on top and baked for 25 minutes. I basted the salmon a few times while the sauce thickened and had leftover, so we had enough to dip...

Served to rave reviews from entire family! All agreed this was the best Salmon recipe ever tasted! I followed the recipe exactly except simmered the sauce for at least 40 minutes instead of the ...

I am always trying to do new things with Salmon, it is, after all, my family's favorite fish. This was wonderful. So much so, I made it twice in one week, and shared with my visiting parents. ...