Cedar-Plank Salmon Recipe – Pluot Glaze

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Wow your family and friends with this delicious salmon recipe — and all less than 5 ingredients!

Grilling fish on a cedar plank is a combination of baking and smoking all in one easy step!

Our love affair with pluots this season inspired us to experiment with new flavor and food combinations: we created this pluot and fish recipe based on a tried and true cedar-plank grilling method.  The pluot-fruit balsamic reduction glaze balances the flavor of the salmon and creates a sweet, candied surface.

Cedar Plank Preparation Tips:

  • Make sure to use (single use) untreated culinary cedar planks available at grocery stores, cooking or BBQ retailers. Regular cedar lumber found in lumber stores can be chemically treated (yikes!), making the cedar unsuitable for cooking applications.
  • If pluots aren’t available, try making the glaze with maple syrup for maple glazed cedar plank salmon.
  • Have a squirt bottle with water on-hand to douse out any flames that may form around plank edges.
  • Cedar planks should be pre-soaked in water, roughly 2-6 hours, before use — otherwise they (and your salmon) will burn like nobody’s business.
  • Cedar plank cooking times may be longer than placing fish directly on the grill, as the plank absorbs direct heat:  grilling time is approximately 8 minutes per pound of filet, though this will vary depending on the thickness of the fish and the BBQ temperature (Salmon cooking tips).
  • Removing the plank from the grill: we used two heavy-duty spatulas and carefully placed it on a broiling pan to carry it back to the kitchen (use caution: the bottom of the plank may be red-hot).

Cedar-Plank Salmon Recipe – Pluot Glaze (low sodium)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 (1 lb salmon) or 4 (2 lbs salmon).

Serving Size: We allocate 1/2 lb of salmon per person (for main

Cedar-Plank Salmon Recipe – Pluot Glaze (low sodium)


  • Pluot Balsamic Reduction Glaze
  • 2 red pluots, chopped into ½-inch pieces.
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar reduction (Directions)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Cedar-Planked Salmon
  • 1 Salmon filet (1-2 pounds)
  • 1 Cedar Barbeque Plank (non-treated*). Soak plank under water for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.


  1. Pluot Balsamic Reduction Glaze Directions
  2. Puree chopped pluots in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Add pureed pluots, balsamic glaze, and brown sugar into a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.
  5. Preparing Cedar Plank Salmon
  6. Pre-heat the grill on medium-high heat (roughly 450 F)
  7. Place salmon on cedar plank, skin side down. Spread pluot glaze on the filet, covering the salmon completely.
  8. Place plank directly on the center of the grill and cover: grilling time is approximately 8 minutes per pound of filet.
  9. Turn off heat and remove the plank from the grill. Slice individual pieces of salmon and serve.

About Jeff

Jeff thrives on cooking, travel, and outdoor recreation. While he’s always considered himself to be a healthy eater, he was quickly “enlightened” after his out-of-the-blue encounter with a blocked artery. Now he’s living a low-sodium lifestyle, and enjoying every bite.