Cedar Smoked Salmon

Cedar Smoked Salmon


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About this recipe: This method of smoking salmon has been used for many years and is surprisingly easy to do with your own barbecue. The salmon is slow cooked, producing a rich, smoky flavour.


Serves: 6 

  • 60x20x2.5cm untreated cedar plank
  • coarse sea salt
  • 6 (120g) fillets salmon
  • 125ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:12hr soaking  ›  Ready in:12hr20min 

  1. Submerge untreated cedar plank in water. Soak approximately 12 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat a barbecue for high heat. Place prepared plank on the barbecue, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover barbecue and heat plank 2 to 3 minutes, until dry. Adjust barbecue temperature for medium heat.
  3. Rub salmon fillets with olive oil. Arrange on the plank. Top salmon with red onion, lemon slices and black peppercorns.
  4. Cook salmon, covered, 10 to 12 minutes, or until opaque and easily flaked with a fork.

Cedar planks

Cedar planks specifically for culinary use are available online and in specialty shops. Be sure to purchase untreated, preservative-free wood planks.

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