One recipe for cedar plank salmon involves preparing the plank, preparing the salmon and cooking over direct heat. The cedar infuses aromatics into the salmon to provide a unique flavor. Cedar planks provide the most intense of flavors, but other choices include alder, maple, hickory and cherry.
Before preparing the salmon, prepare the plank by rinsing it to remove dust and submerging it in water in a sink. Add weight to keep the plank under water for 1 to 4 hours.
Prepare the salmon by cutting the fillet into serving-sized pieces or leave it whole. If using a dry rub to season the salmon, apply it 24 hours before grilling. If using a marinade, limit the soaking time to 2 hours.
Prepare the grill by lighting the coals and allowing them to develop a gray ash. Spread the coals evenly across the bottom of the grill. If using a gas grill, light the burners. The grill is ready when you can hold your hand at the cooking level for 4 seconds. Adjust the vents or flame to ensure it is at the right temperature.
Preheat the plank for five minutes and lay the salmon on top. Cover the grill and cook the fish for 18 to 22 minutes. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.