Spiced Plank-Grilled Salmon

grilled salmon
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

Plank roast the fish the Northwest way using cedar or alder planks on your outdoor grill. You can find planks at kitchen stores and some supermarkets. This recipe is adapted from The Sustainable Kitchen: Passionate Cooking Inspired by Farms, Forests and Oceans by Stu Stein, Mary Hinds and Judith Dern.


-- Spice rub:
2tablespoons smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika
2teaspoons brown sugar
1teaspoon kosher salt
1/2teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2teaspoon ground ginger
1/2teaspoon cardamom, ground
1/2teaspoon ground cumin
1/4teaspoon ground cloves
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-- cedar or alder grilling plank, soaked for 1 hour
4-- salmon fillets


  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. To prepare the spice rub, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Rub spice mixture over top of salmon. Place salmon skin side down on plank. Place plank on grill. Cook, covered, until salmon flakes with a fork, about 10 minutes.


VARIATION: For plain plank-grilled salmon, rub the salmon with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and grill.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 580
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 26g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 220mg
  • Sodium 760mg
  • Potassium 2030mg
  • Carbohydrate 5g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 79g
  • Trans Fat 0
  • Vitamin A 40%
  • Vitamin C 0
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 25%