Bottom line, a plank needs to be covered when cooked on a grill, it’s the only way to get heat on the top side. Here is a technique that will allow you to cook a plank on an open fire and still get adequate heat on your ingredients.

Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2


  • Cedar Grilling plank
  • 2 5- 8 oz salmon portions
  • Seasoning blend of your choice (this recipe is about technique)

Chef's Tip

You will need a heavy cast iron skillet and a thick pair of gloves to handle it.


  1. Soak the plank in hot water for at least 15 minutes and get a fire going, wait for the coals to develop and flames to die down.
  2. Place the skillet over the fire and let it heat up for 15 minutes or so, it needs to be extremely hot.
  3. Season the salmon generously and place on the plank.
  4. Set the plank on a grill grate and very carefully place the skillet upside down over the salmon to completely cover the plank.
  5. The residual heat from the pan will sear the top of the salmon while the plank infuses the fish with cedar. This will only take 6 – 10 minutes to cook, remove the skillet before taking the plank off the grate.


*Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.

Used in this recipe:

Cedar Grilling Plank