The fun and taste of a relaxing fresh-grilled meal shared with one friend or many is a summertime ritual enjoyed all over the world.  62% of us will grill Memorial Day weekend and 72% will do so Fourth of July! (Not to mention all summer long!)

Behind the tradition of grilling, there are so many techniques, tips and even types of grills and smokers. The options are endless and any way you grill, you can’t go wrong – as long as you’re safe!

We all love burgers, dogs, even chicken and corn. How about stepping it up this season with Cedar Planked Salmon? Your guests may come expecting “the usual” and leave raving about your upgraded grilling skills!

It couldn’t be easier and you can find cedar plank at most grocery and hardware stores.
Here is the recipe:

Cedar Planked Salmon (serves 6)

3 (12-inch) untreated cedar planks
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
1 TSP sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 TBSP grated fresh ginger root
1 TSP minced garlic
2 (2 lb.) salmon filets with skin removed


  • Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour in warm water. Soak longer if you have time.
  • In a shallow dish, stir together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. The boards are ready when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.
  • Place the salmon fillets onto the planks and discard the marinade. Cover, and grill for about 20 minutes. Fish is done when you can flake it with a fork. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill.

Of course, we want you and your family & friends to enjoy a safe grilling season, so please take a moment to review and share the grilling safety tips you see here.