Cedar-Planked Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Sauce

Planking a salmon adds lush, smoky flavors and keeps it moist by protecting it from the flame. A refreshing cucumber-dill sauce offers a pleasing finish. Garnish with citrus, red onion and sprigs of dill to make this entrée a beautiful addition to the dinner table or a special occasion buffet.

Makes 12 servings


  • 2 (6-ounce) containers Greek low-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup finely chopped seedless cucumber
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill-weed
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 untreated cedar or alder plank
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 (3-pound) skin-on salmon fillet
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium lime, cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into thin slices
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh dill sprigs, optional


For sauce, in a medium bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, onions, lemon zest, lemon juice, dill and salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Soak cedar plank in water at least 1 hour or overnight. When ready to grill, preheat grill to high heat.

Place cedar plank on hot grill, smooth-side down, for 10 minutes, being careful not to burn the plank. Carefully flip plank over and brush smooth side of the plank with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. (Preheating the plank allows it to begin releasing smoke and flavor.)

Place salmon, skin-side down, on smooth side of cedar plank. Brush salmon with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Top with lemon, lime and red onion slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove salmon from grill. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs, if desired. To serve, cut into serving-size portions.

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