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Maple Chipotle Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

Maple Chipotle Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon is amazing when coated with a sweet and spicy dry rub, cooked on the grill giving it that smoked influence, and finished with a maple syrup glaze.
Sweet, spicy, and absolutely incredible. And if you don’t have a grill you can easily do this in a hot cast iron pan and finished in the oven. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ, Barbecue, seafood
Keyword cedar plank grilled salmon, Cedar Plank Salmon, cedar plank salmon recipe, Grilled Salmon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 342kcal
Cost $25


  • 1 cedar plank
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry rub (give or take, see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, cut in half (optional)

Dry Rub

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • Soak the cedar plank, fully submerged in water, for 30 minutes. Pat dry after removing from water. 
  • Prepare grill for indirect cooking.
  • Combine dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Coat salmon with olive oil, and then sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the dry rub over the salmon liberally (you may have some dry rub leftover).
  • Place seasoned salmon on the cedar plank, and place on direct heat for up to 15 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 120 degrees. While the salmon is cooking, place the lemon half over direct heat and cook 4-5 minutes, until char marks appear.
  • Transfer the salmon and cedar plank to indirect heat, and glaze with the maple syrup using a brush, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees. Remove from the grill. Carry over cooking will continue cooking the salmon to 135 degrees.
  • Let rest for five minutes and then slice and serve. If using the grilled lemon, squeeze some of the grilled lemon over the top when serving.



*Notes: you can also cook the salmon in a cast iron pan. It will need to be cut into smaller filets to fit into the pan. Cook on the stovetop until the salmon reaches 125 degrees, then coat with maple syrup and finish under the broiler for one minute to caramelize the maple syrup. 
** Depending on the size of your salmon, you may have some leftover dry rub. Make sure to liberally coat the salmon though. Don't be shy! 


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg