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Washington Cedar Planked Salmon

Try this recipe for cedar planked salmon, a Washington favorite as you read about the Puget Sound area in our recent article.



  • 3 (12 inch) untreated, food-grade cedar planks
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 (2 pound) salmon fillets, skin removed



  1. Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour in warm water.
  2. Stir together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and toss gently to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour before baking.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the salmon fillets onto the planks. Cover, and grill for about 20 minutes. Fish is done when you can flake it with a fork. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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