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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Fruit Salsa

Plank grilled salmon is an easy salmon recipe, perfect for summer. Grilling salmon on a cedar plank is a healthy way to prepare salmon, and the cedar provides fantastic flavor to the fish. The fresh, homemade, tropical fruit salsa on top of the salmon makes this grilled fish dinner as delicious as it is healthy!

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Fruit Salsa

Over the weekend we had our nephew Ryan over for some dinner. He’s been telling me about this awesome fruit salsa with plank grilled salmon he made recently, and we’ve been planning to try it out one night. What I love about Ryan is that he appreciates good food…he’s a young guy in his 20’s, and I love that he’s learning to cook and experiment with food.

This cedar plank grilled salmon dinner we made together turned out awesome…

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Fruit Salsa

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Fruit Salsa

On one of my fun shopping trips to Costco, I picked up a package of cedar wood grilling planks. I have heard of plank grilling from restaurant menus, but never actually used them or even tasted food cooked on them. I was excited to try them out with some wild salmon I brought home from my recent trip to Pensacola. The salmon was simply seasoned with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and then put on the planks to grill. A few minutes after the planks hit the grill, we started to smell a deliciously sweet aroma. Wow, I was amazed at how good it smelled!

Grilling salmon on cedar planks

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

In order to cook with cedar planks, you have to soak them for at least 20 minutes first. It’s probably a good idea to drizzle a little oil on them or the fish too, so that there is no sticking going on. Also, make sure you put them on indirect heat…I made the mistake of placing them over a low-medium flame and had a few flare ups. Keep a spray bottle full of water handy just in case that happens.


Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon cooking on a grill

The result…simply delicious…

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

We served the cedar plank grilled salmon with tropical fruit salsa and some cilantro rice.

Fresh Tropical Fruit Salsa

Print Recipe

Tropical Fruit Salsa


  • 1/2 cup fresh diced kiwi
  • 1/2 cup fresh diced mango
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


Combine in bowl. Serve over grilled salmon or chicken.

Recipe compliments of nephew Ryan

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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Fruit Salsa


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29 Responses to “Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Fruit Salsa”

  1. Jamie posted July 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Wow Aggie! That looks amazing! Glad you brought some fish home from here. How was the salmon? I've always wanted to try cooking salmon on those cedar planks. May have to pick up some and give it a try. Great recipe Ryan!

  2. Erica posted July 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I wish I was a salmon fan…I'm getting there slowly but surely! I will be trying that fruit salsa though! I bet it'd be great on some grouper

  3. Bellini Valli posted July 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    The sweetness of the salsa would go very well with the salmon!!!

  4. Elenka posted July 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I could never figure out how cooking on a plank works, but I guess it does. I should try it sometime!

  5. Stephie Z posted July 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Yum, Can't wait to try this delicious looking dish out!

  6. ♥peachkins♥ posted July 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I've never thought of Kiwi in a Salsa but I love the color…the taste must be truly wonderful

  7. Patsyk posted July 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I've been wanting to try grilling salmon on one of those planks for a long time! I wasn't sure if it was worth it or not. From the look of your salmon and post it definitely is!

  8. the ungourmet posted July 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This is fabulous! I have had a brand new cedar plank sitting in my cupboard for 2 years now. I keep forgetting that I have it!

  9. Mary posted July 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    What a simple and delicious entree. The salmon looks cooked to perfection and I can imagine how great that salsa is when balanced against the cedar smoke flavor of the salmon.

  10. healthy ashley posted July 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Yay for Costco! 😉

    The fish looks fantastic. And I've really been craving a fruit salsa. About time I stepped up and made one!

  11. Kerstin posted July 15, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    How cool you got cedar planks from Costco – I'll have to look for them! The salsa on top looks delicious!

  12. Maria posted July 16, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I bought my dad cedar planks for father's day, now I need to buy some for me:) Great meal, the salsa is so pretty on top!

  13. Ninette posted July 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Aggie, I'm passing on the Kreativ Blogger award to you. Come to my blog and check it out! Thank you for your wonderful blog.

  14. Mama in Suburbia posted July 16, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Wow, that looks amazing. Can't wait to try the recipe.

  15. fittingbackin posted July 16, 2009 at 5:05 am

    2 comments, 1 question: the salsa looks amazing! Can't wait for the rice recipe! And, lastly, do you think it would be as good if the salmon was baked rather than fried? (just got a house,haven't gotten a grill… nor have we had one… ever) eek!

  16. Aggie posted July 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    fittinbackin- thanks so much for your comments! 🙂 as for the salmon, it would be great broiled, I broil my salmon all the time…just get a baking sheet or a broiler pan, line it in some foil for easier clean up, then cook in a 400 degree oven until salmon is flaky and cooked through (I'm thinking about 10-15 minutes?). let me know if you try it and how it turns out!!!

  17. Ninette posted July 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    This looks really yummy. Too bad no one likes salmon in my house but me, but maybe I should just treat myself! I love how healthy this recipe is. I can feel the omega-3s and antioxidants bursting at me.

  18. Colleen posted July 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    This looks delicious! I love salmon and the fruit salsa looks light and refreshing.

  19. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom posted July 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    The salsa looks delicious … and perfect for summer. A few weeks ago, I was on Nantucket (yes, you should be jealous) and a friend who has a house there (yes, I'm jealous) had my husband and me over for dinner. She cooked salmon on a cedar plank and it was beyond amazing: moist, flavorful, cooked to perfection. Between you and my oh-so-lucky friend, I may just go out and buy one.

  20. teresa posted July 17, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Mmmm, this looks like something I would order at a restaurant! I love the colors, gorgeous!

  21. Helene posted July 17, 2009 at 2:16 am

    I've seen those plank at Costco. I should buy them since I love BBQ salmon. Beautiful salsa.

  22. Alyssa posted July 17, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Wow this dish looks amazing! My husband and I just bought a Weber grill that's huge and perfect and so wonderful (can you tell we like it?!). I'll definitely have to try this.

  23. Penny posted July 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    We love planked salmon. You can actually get untreated cedar planks from Lowe's or Home Depot for a lot less money.

  24. Carrie posted October 31, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I haven’t seen a recipe like this in a while.. My mom used to make salmon for us all the time, and I kind of got sick of it. But now that I’m married, my husband loves it so I’m having to find unique recipes to fill his belly! I really like this one.. .the salsa changes the mundane recipes!

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  25. Elbert Thomann posted November 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks, my group has been looking for this kind of stuff. I found some great homemade recipe here btw, too!

  26. the wicked noodle posted July 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I saw those planks a couple of days ago when I was at Costco! I loooove grilling with planks. It’s so easy, healthy & adds a ton of flavor.

    AND…congrats on the Babble list!


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