Planked Salmon with Grilled Tomato Salsa

A tablespoon of brown sugar is all you need to help an entire salmon fillet score a beautifully crunchy and caramelized exterior.

Planked Salmon with Grilled Tomato Salsa
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Marinate Time:
8 hrs
Grill Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen salmon fillet, 1 inch thick

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cedar grill plank

  • 1 recipe Grilled Tomato Salsa

Grilled Tomato Salsa

  • 2 cup red cherry tomatoes

  • 2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes

  • ¼ cup sliced garlic

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Place fish, skin side down, in a shallow dish. For rub, in a small bowl stir together brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle rub evenly over salmon; rub in with your fingers. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.

  2. Wet both sides of a cedar grill plank under running water.

  3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Place fish, skin side down, on cedar grill plank. Place plank in center of grill rack. Cover and grill for 18 to 22 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust heat for indirect cooking. Place plank on grill rack over the burner that is turned off. Grill as directed.)

  4. To serve, cut salmon into four or six pieces. Slide a spatula between the fish and skin to release pieces from plank. Serve with Grilled Tomato Salsa.

Grilled Tomato Salsa

  1. In a large bowl combine 2 cups red cherry tomatoes, 2 cups yellow cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup sliced garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 2 tablespoons snipped fresh thyme. Transfer tomato mixture to a grill basket. For a charcoal grill, grill tomato mixture in basket on the rack of an uncovered grill over medium coals about 10 minutes or until tomatoes are softened and slightly charred but still retain their shape, stirring occasionally. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place tomatoes in basket on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as directed.) Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

314 Calories
17g Fat
5g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 757mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 694mg 15%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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