How to Plank-Grill Salmon

Grill planks lend smoky, woody flavors to salmon. Follow these instructions on preparing your plank and grilling for a delicious dinner.

Smoky Salmon

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Smoky Salmon

You can cook everything from tuna to tenderloin on a wood plank, but salmon gains the most from this extra smoky infusion; you simply can't miss it. Follow these instructions and you can't go wrong!

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Soak the Plank

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1. Soak the Plank

You’ll need to soak the plank before using it to help keep the fish moist. A soaked plank also produces maximum smoke and is less likely to burn. Submerge it in water for at least 1 hour. Use the soaked plank right away since the wood will start to dry out.

Grill the Plank

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2. Grill the Plank

Preheat the grill, and place the plank on the grill rack. Grill the plank for 3 minutes or until lightly charred.

Place Fish on Charred Side of the Plank

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3. Place Fish on Charred Side of the Plank

Carefully turn the plank over using long-handled tongs. Food that touches the wood takes on more flavor, so arrange the fish on the plank in a single layer on the charred side.

Close the Grill

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4. Close the Grill

After placing the food on the plank, immediately close the grill so that the smoke surrounds the food, and grill until the fish are done.

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