This salmon was really very flavorful. I would recommend cutting back on the grill heat a bit. Even though we soaked our plank overnight, the heat was too much for the specified length of time and our plank caught file. We were able to put it out and salvage the salmon, which had a really nice light char. I will definitely make this dish again (with the lower heat in mind). We served it with couscous and a spinach salad with a lemon vinaigrette. Quite tasty!
Cedar-Planked Salmon with Barbecue Spice Rub
Jrtjmu Posted: 05/01/09
lollypaul Posted: 03/15/09
I thought this rub was great, quick, and easy. Loved it! We eat A LOT of salmon here in the Pacific NW, so I need lots of different ways to fix it. I didn't use the cedar plank because I didn't have one, but it was still good.
cjmelt76 Posted: 05/23/09
Used smoked paprika and it turned out great! Served with New Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette and Gratin of Cauliflower with Gruyere.
LoraJonas Posted: 08/21/09
Tip: when soaking the cedar plank- fill the sink with water (enough to cover the planks), fill a large bowl with water and place on top of the planks to prevent them from floating. The cedar planks will really get soaked and they will not burn that way. Also, the rub was a little spicy but really complimented the salmon. Would like to server a fruit salsa such as pineapple with it next time.
8stringfan Posted: 10/04/09
I'm sort've torn on this review. It didn't quite feel like a four star recipe, but it is pretty darn good. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned weighing down the planks with a bowl, or a bottle of detergent. Also, I agree with putting the heat of the grill around medium (being able to hold your hand a few inches above the grate for around 5-7 seconds). 25 minutes on a medium grill was perfect. I guess my one complaint about this recipe was that I didn't notice as much smoky flavor from the cedar as I was hoping to get in the fish. This is the third time I've plank grilled and none of the times produced any flavors that I felt like I wouldn't get from just cooking the fish directly on the grill. Still, this is a very easy recipe that tastes pretty good. More than likely you would impress guests if you served them this salmon. Oh yeah, one more thing...I've found it a good idea to cut the fillet up into individual portions beforehand. Otherwise, the thing can get really messy when trying to divy it up after it's cooked and flaky.
SoniainTexas Posted: 05/09/10
We were able to taste the cedar in our salmon, amazing!! It was so good. My husband accidentally caught our plank on fire and quickly put it out, maybe that helped??? I omitted the cinnamon and went heavy on the chili powder.......loved it!
BlueCharvel Posted: 07/12/10
Excellent flavors, quite robust without being too spicy for my wife.
Annie00 Posted: 10/05/10
I love, love this recipe. I make it all the time and have served it to many guests and all have loved it. If you want an easy and delicious dish, this is a great one!
amyrwc Posted: 07/03/11
This was outstanding , I omitted the cinnamon and chili powder, substituted smoked paprika for the sweet paprika, and added 1 tsp. garlic powder. We all loved it, made it wild sockeye salmon. Will be making it again for company soon.
tara31 Posted: 12/11/11
Awesome! I used smoked paprika and made the rest of the rub as directed. Served with Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Mashed Potato Gratin.
ktleyed Posted: 05/07/12
This was fantastic, everyone loved it! Will make again and again - and so easy too! The flavor is sublime, I made it with Atlantic salmon.
catb29 Posted: 08/19/12
This rub is fantastic...used with wild salmon, everyone raved. Will definitely put in regular rotation!!!