Teriyaki Salmon with Pineapple Salsa


Soak the wooden plank in water for an hour before you grill to prevent flare-ups while cooking this fresh and fruity salmon dinner.

Teriyaki Salmon on wooden board
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Soak Time:
1 hrs
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cedar grilling plank

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 4 5-6 ounce salmon fillets (skin on)

  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices fresh, cored pineapple

  • 1 1/2-inch thick slice red onion

  • 1 jalapeno chile pepper*

  • Ground black pepper


  1. Soak plank in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling; drain.

  2. For marinade, in a small bowl stir together pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Place salmon in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour pineapple mixture over salmon; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

  3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Place the plank on the grill rack directly over the coals for 5 minutes or until plank smokes and crackles. Remove salmon from marinade; discard marinade. Place salmon, skin side down, on plank. Sprinkle salmon with remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Place plank in center of grill rack. Lightly coat pineapple, onion, and jalapeno with nonstick cooking spray. Place around outside edge of grill rack over coals. Cover and grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish begins to flake easily when tested with a fork, turning pineapple, onion, and pepper once halfway through grilling. Lightly sprinkle salmon with ground black pepper. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust heat for indirect cooking. Place plank on grill rack over heat for 5 minutes or until smoking and crackling. Place salmon on plank. Place plank over unlit side of grill and pineapple, onion, and jalapeno over heat; grill as above.)

  4. Slightly cool pineapple, red onion, and jalapeno. For salsa, chop pineapple and onion; transfer to a medium bowl. Remove stem and seeds from jalapeno; finely chop. Add to pineapple mixture and toss to coat. Serve salmon with pineapple salsa.

*Handling Hot Peppers

Because hot chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.


Soaking the plank in water before grilling prevents flames. Make sure the plank is fully submerged -- you might need a heavy canned good to weigh it down.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 584mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 61mg 305%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Potassium 904mg 19%
Folate, total 63.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.4mg

*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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