Mike's Recipes

Hot Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

  • Prep Time
    1 hour
  • Difficulty
  • Servings
  • 1 (2 pound) wild caught, skin on salmon
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Mike’s Hot Honey
  • Ground pepper
    Avocado Salsa:
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Hot Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Heat grill to medium heat.

Lay the whole salmon, skin side facing down, on top of the cedar plank. Rub the flesh of the salmon with ginger, garlic, and black pepper. Place on the grill and cover. Grill for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and Mike’s Hot Honey. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, brush the soy/Mike’s Hot Honey mix over the salmon.

Make salsa by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove salmon from the grill with a large spatula. Serve with salsa or vegetables such as Honey Brussel Sprouts, and enjoy. Looking for another delicious salmon recipes? Try our Hot Honey Salmon recipe!


Ah, the tantalizing aroma of cedar plank salmon sizzling on the grill – a scent that can instantly transport you to a cozy evening by the fire or, if you're lucky, your neighbor's backyard barbecue. If you've been wondering what makes cedar plank salmon the star of the show and how to master this culinary delight, you're in for a treat. Let's look at our delicious salmon on cedar plank recipe.


What is Cedar Plank Salmon?

So, "what is cedar plank salmon?" It's a gastronomic masterpiece that elevates the mundane into an extraordinary experience. This culinary gem involves grilling salmon on a cedar plank, creating a symphony of flavors that dance gracefully on your taste buds.

The roots of this technique trace back to indigenous cultures, where cedar planks were ingeniously used to cook fresh catch. This tradition has evolved into the beloved phenomenon we know today as cedar plank salmon.

Now, why is the cedar plank salmon recipe so special? Beyond the delightful taste, it offers an immersive sensory experience. Envision holiday gatherings filled with laughter, the grill sizzling with anticipation, and the unmistakable fragrance of cedar gracefully dancing through the air.

It's more than just a recipe; it's a sensory escapade. With mastery in cedar plank salmon grilling, you can be the hero of your holiday party, leaving guests in awe.

Benefits of Cedar Plank Cooking

Now, let's dive into the juicy bits – the benefits:

Infusing Smoky Aromas

Cooking on a cedar plank infuses your salmon with a flavor that's hard to achieve on the grill grate alone. It's like a smoke signal to your taste buds saying, "Get ready for something amazing!"

Moisture Retention in Salmon

But that's not all. Cedar plank cooking is a guardian of moisture. Say goodbye to dry, lackluster salmon. The plank cradles the fish, ensuring it emerges from the grill as juicy as a summer peach.

Texture & Shape Retention

Plus, thanks to the plank, your salmon maintains its texture and shape, avoiding the tragic tale of a fish falling apart on the grill.

Avoid Cross-Contamination from Grilling

And here's a little nugget of wisdom: cedar plank cooking can save the day when it comes to cross-contamination. Say goodbye to the worry of grilling mishaps – the plank has your back. For those skeptical minds, check out the USDA's take on the matter here.

Tips & Tricks of How to Choose Cedar Plank for Cooking

Embarking on the cedar plank salmon adventure? Excellent choice! Grilling perfection begins with selecting the ideal cedar plank. Here's a condensed guide:
  • Opt for Untreated Cedar: Choose untreated planks for pure cedar essence in your salmon.
  • Size Matters: Pick a plank 1-2 inches larger than your salmon for even cooking.
  • Thickness is Key: Aim for a 1/2 to 1-inch thick plank to withstand grill heat.
  • Check for Quality: Inspect for defects; a smooth surface ensures even flavors.
Now, let's look at how to grill salmon on a cedar plank:
  • Soaking: Submerge the plank for 30 minutes to prevent grill fires, ensuring a slow cedar flavor infusion.
  • Preheat Grill: Heat the grill to medium while the plank soaks.
  • Positioning: Lay salmon on the plank, skin down, and rub with ginger, garlic, and pepper.
  • On the Grill: Grill for 15-20 minutes or to your preferred doneness.
  • Sauce Finale: Mix soy sauce and Mike's Hot Honey, brushing it on the salmon for a sweet and spicy kick in the last 5 minutes.
  • Salsa Sensation: Whip up a quick salsa while the salmon grills.
  • Serve and Savor: Remove the salmon with a spatula, and serve with salsa or veggies, like honey-glazed brussel sprouts or one of our other hot honey recipes.
Can you cook cedar plank salmon in oven? Absolutely, you can indeed cook cedar plank salmon in the oven! It provides a convenient and equally delicious alternative.

Enhance Your Cedar Salmon Plank with Hot Honey

Now, for the pièce de résistance – Mike’s Hot Honey. Imagine the sweet dance of honey meeting the fiery kick of chili peppers, and you've got yourself a flavor explosion. Drizzle this liquid gold over your cedar plank salmon during the last 5 minutes of grilling, and watch the magic unfold.

But the secret ingredient you didn't know you needed is Mike's Hot Honey. This isn't your ordinary honey – it's a game-changer. Check out where you can buy Mike's Hot Honey and elevate your cedar plank salmon to legendary status.


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