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Cedar Planked Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

Easy cedar planked salmon with a simple and tasty maple syrup and Dijon mustard glaze, this salmon is perfect for summer grilling. Sweet and tangy with a touch of smoky cedar, your family and guests will love it!

Finished cedar planked salmon garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

We had a great Fourth of July this year.  Just my husband and me, Picky Eater had to work.  Since she doesn't like salmon, what a great time to fire up the grill for some cedar planked salmon.

We've been eating more salmon this year and this was the first time on the grill.  I forgot how much I like it this way.  And it is super easy.


Whisking glaze ingredients in bowl.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Maple syrup, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar  for the easy glaze to brush on the salmon.  I like coarse ground, grainy Dijon.
  • Salmon  either fillets or a whole piece.
  • A cedar grilling plank  soaked for a couple hours in water.


Soaked cedar plank on sheet pan ready for grill

  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for a couple hours to prevent it from catching on fire on the grill.  It tends to float in the water so I weigh it down with a glass of water.
  2. Whisk together the glaze ingredients.
  3. Heat the grill, place the soaked plank on the grill and heat on each side for several minutes until smoky and fragrant.
  4. Arrange salmon on plank, brush with glaze and grill about 10 minutes until done.

Three photo process collage, cooking salmon on cedar plank on grill.


  • I like to use skinless salmon, I think the smoky cedar penetrates it better.  That said, you can certainly use salmon with the skin.  After resting, a spatula will separate the flesh right off the skin!
  • I usually use four 6 to 8 ounce salmon fillets, but you can also use a whole piece of salmon.  Either way, it's about two pounds of salmon.
  • Cedar grilling planks are easily found in grocery and hardware stores all summer grilling season long.  I usually find them in a four-pack.




We had a nice, quiet fourth this year.  Great weather and a great dinner.  I made a black bean and rice salad and we had cheesecake with a balsamic berry sauce for dessert.  It was a perfect meal.  Happy belated Fourth.  xxo- Kelly🍴🐦

Finished cedar planked salmon garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

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UPDATED: Originally posted in July, 2015 and recently updated in July, 2021 to spruce things up a bit. Changes to copy and organization to make it easier to follow, but no changes to original recipe.

Finished cedar planked salmon garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

Maple Mustard Cedar-Planked Salmon

Sweet and tangy salmon on the grill with a hint of smoky cedar.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking plank: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 373kcal


  • 3 tablespoons coarse ground Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, the real stuff
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets, about 2 pounds, or 1 piece
  • 1 soaked cedar grilling plank


  • Soak plank in water for 1-2 hours.
  • In small bowl, whisk mustard, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prepare grill to temperature of 350º.
  • Wipe plank dry and place on hot grill and close lid.
  • Heat plank for 3 minutes on one side and then flip and heat another 3 minutes until plank begins to smoke and crackle.
  • Using tongs, take plank off grill and onto a sheet pan. Arrange salmon on plank and brush it all over with maple mustard sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Return plank with salmon to the grill with tongs. Close lid and grill until just done, about 10 minutes (about 20 minutes if using a whole piece).
  • Remove plank and salmon from grill and tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Good idea to have a spray bottle on hand in case of flare-ups.
  • The salmon can marinate in the maple mustard sauce while preparing the grill and cedar plank for about 20-30 minutes and then put on the plank to grill.


Calories: 373kcal Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 45g Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 125mg Sodium: 226mg Potassium: 1166mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Vitamin A: 99IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 52mg Iron: 2mg
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