Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with a Corn and Pepper Relish

Remember when we memorialized on that one day last week? This here salmon is what we ate.

Is it an oxymoron to ask if one remembers something memorial-y? Things that make you go HMMMM.

I never liked that song.

So, CEDAR PLANKS. Do you use ’em? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Swear by ’em? Practice your Kung Fu karate chopping skills with ’em like I do? I MEAN DON’T. Like I absolutely don’t.

Or probably do.


I’mone be straight witcha. This was the first time I’d ever used one and. . .  I dug it! You have to soak the plank in water for about 2 hours before you put it on the grill. And it was hilarious because I couldn’t find a container long enough for the plank to fit in, so I was about to put it in the BATHTUB (I was, you guys!) when Aaron brought out a huge red cooler from the garage that you normally take to a tailgating party or whatever, and it fit in there!

That was a boring story.


Oh, hi. There may or may not be Phillip Phillips playing on the YouTubes in the screen reflection. Notice how enthusiastic Aaron is about this?

Of course this summer dinner is like, THUH easiest business to pull together. Grilly grilly here, saute saute there, (P.S. sometimes the little accent thingy over the “e” appears in saute, and sometimes it doesn’t. Will someone tell that thing to chill and just appear all the time already? Because I can’t figure out how to get it there. And I have more important things to do like tell you riveting stories about planks fitting inside red coolers. Thank you.)


I would not kick this salmon out of bed.

The butter in the corn/pepper relish is the new Land o’ Lakes olive oil and sea salt butter that Miss Ree is endorsing right now. And okay. So tomorrow I’m participating in a webinar with her and I’m already sweaty and nervous that my voice is going to crack when I ask my questions. So, if you’re listening or participating in the same webinar tomorrow (11 am CST) and you hear a janky high-pitched squeak stutter through her part, that’s me.

But doesn’t this look so tasty and waistline-friendly and delightful and fresh and bright and shut my trap already?

You should totally plank.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with a Corn and Pepper Relish:

What it took for 2:

* 2 fresh salmon fillets
* 1 cedar plank, soaked in water for 2 hours
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 white onion, finely diced
* 1 cup frozen or fresh corn
* 1 red bell pepper, diced
* 2 Tbs. Land o’ Lakes butter with olive oil and sea salt
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* parsley, for garnish
* 1 lemon (for the juice)

Heat 1 Tbs. oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add the diced onion and saute until it starts to soften, 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Toss in the corn and diced red pepper, add the butter and continue to saute until tender, 3 minutes. Throw in another pinch of salt and pepper.

In the meantime, lay the salmon fillets on the cedar plank. Drizzle the remaining Tbs. oil over the fish, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Grill until the fish is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Serve salmon over the corn and pepper relish. Garnish with fresh parsley and a good squeeze of lemon juice. DULISH.

p.s. Charlie liked it.


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36 Responses to Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with a Corn and Pepper Relish

  1. chelcie @ chelcie's food files June 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm #
    this looks so delicious!
  2. Megan @ Country Cleaver June 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm #
    I just made alder plank salmon last night (going up later this week). It just slays it in the flavor category. Doesn't get much better than that. :) I love your relish addition too.
  3. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm #
    The photo of that salmon on the planks after cooking is gaw-jus! But my favorite has to be the one of your reflection in the screen. You are too cute for words, girl!
  4. Camille June 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm #
    This does look delicious and perfect for summer. Sauté should have the accent aigue on it though... To find it on a mac, just hold down the "alt" key while you click the "e" key and then choose the letter you want to use the accent with. In this case the "e."
    • Bev Weidner June 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm #
      Thaaank you for telling me how to get the accent aigue in place, Camille!
    • Vita @ Juicer Depot June 6, 2012 at 3:59 am #
      Thank you Camille. After all these years I did not know how to do the accent aigue.
  5. Cindy M June 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm #
    DumbyDumDum question: So you don't have to turn the salmon over? Just let it go for 10 mins?
    • Bev Weidner June 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm #
      Nope! It worked just fine for us to leave it (unturned) on the plank for ABOUT 10 minutes. It might have been 12. Cover the grill lid and all that cedar-y smokey smoke does the trick!
      • cindy martin June 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm #
        Thanks, Bev. I'mma making it tonight!
  6. Julia {The Roasted Root} June 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm #
    This makes me want to buy a plank pronto! The bowl full of corn relish with the delicious salmon on top is the perfect summer meal!
  7. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #
    We are big fans of the salmon!! I'll see you tomorrow at the webinar!
  8. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. June 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm #
    yum Bev! I love cedar plank anything! This looks so good!
  9. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen June 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm #
    Gorgeous! Love it. Love the corn relish, the salmon, love it all!
  10. Deborah June 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm #
    I just happen to have some of that butter in my fridge right now - maybe a sign?? :)
  11. Cassie June 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #
    We lovvve cedar planks. Salmon is my favorite and this relish has me drooling!
  12. Heather June 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm #
    would you believe that i have a cedar plank sitting in my kitchen with crap all over it because i couldn't find a place to soak in and so i gave up? big red cooler here i come!
  13. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven June 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm #
    Ha! The bath tub is tres, tres classy. :) This looks gorgeous!!!
  14. Jen Jones June 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm #
    What kind of store do you get the cedar plank from?
    • Bev Weidner June 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm #
      Ya know, I just got mine at my local grocery store, HyVee! I think you can get them anywhere really. And they range from okay to super fancy. Mine wasn't super fancy. But still worked great! Two for $7. Maybe just ask someone at your grocery store next time you're there!
  15. Ryan @ Spicy Richmond June 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm #
    I've wanted to get cedar planks to use on my grill so this is extra motivation! Love the picnic idea too!
  16. Karriann June 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm #
    What lens are you using? Fantastic photos as usual by the way :) "Spice it Up"
    • Bev Weidner June 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm #
      Why, thank you! Just my regular Nikon 35mm. I love it so....;)
  17. claire @ the realistic nutritionist June 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm #
    I love this just as much as I love you!!
  18. Barbara | Creative Culinary June 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm #
    One of my favorite ways to cook salmon but I do love putting the 'planketty planked' fish on the veggies. Gorgeous. BTW, I get mine at Costco. Which beats Williams Sonoma by a mile and has allowed me to quit wondering if I can re-use one.
  19. Julie @ Table for Two June 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm #
    oh haiii, i totally need to get some planks up in hurrr! those salmon babies look amazing!
  20. Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm #
    Delicious dish and presentation! And of course, everything tastes better outdoors :)
  21. erin @ yummy supper June 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm #
    Bev, That salmon looks absolutely amazing. And corn and salmon have got to be my favorite combo - a true taste of summer! Love you blog, by the way:) -E
  22. Debra June 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm #
    There are a zillion types of planks available for plankety planking. Experiment!! Well...maybe not a zillion, but lots! Most are small enough to soak in a glass baking dish, but you have to use something like a glass measuring cup full of water to weigh them down. Wonderful smokiness in the fish or veggies!! And even this Cali girl can rock it with a plank...duh :)
  23. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain June 5, 2012 at 12:15 am #
    Beautiful pictures, Bev! Salmon + Planks = best friends! Can't wait to try this recipe. Have fun with webinar tomorrow. You'll do great!
  24. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids June 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm #
    Oh my serious yumminess. It looks amazingly delicious. I should have a rule that I cannot look at food blogs before breakfast in the morning.
  25. Vita @ Juicer Depot June 6, 2012 at 4:04 am #
    Can you reuse the plank more than once? Or do you toss it after one meal?
    • Bev Weidner June 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #
      You KNOW, I think it depends on how fancy your plank is. Mine? Not so fancy. I tossed it. But I've heard you can use them ABOUT 3 times each. Let me know what you end up doing!
  26. Katie June 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm #
    I could eat this in 1/8th of a nanosecond. (Is that even possible?) For real.
  27. tmsky June 29, 2017 at 11:16 pm #
    many thanks


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