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Cedar Plank Salmon with Blackberry Sauce Recipe
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Cedar Plank Salmon with Blackberry Sauce Recipe

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Here's my go-to entree for a warm-weather cookout. The salmon has a rich, grilled taste that's enhanced by the savory blackberry sauce. It's a nice balance of sweet, smoky and spicy. —Stephanie Matthews, Tempe, AZ
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + soaking Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + soaking Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cedar grilling planks
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chipotle hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 salmon fillet with 2 tablespoons sauce equals 304 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 186 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.


  1. Soak grilling planks in water for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a food processor, combine the blackberries, wine, brown sugar, honey, hot pepper sauce, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cover and process until blended. Strain and discard seeds. Stir shallots and garlic into the sauce; set aside.
  3. Place planks on grill over medium-high heat. Cover and heat until planks create a light to medium smoke and begin to crackle, about 3 minutes (this indicates planks are ready). Turn planks over.
  4. Sprinkle salmon with remaining salt and pepper. Place on planks. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with sauce. Yield: 6 servings (3/4 cup sauce).
Originally published as Cedar Plank Salmon with Blackberry Sauce in Country Woman June/July 2009, p37

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"After reading the article on Planked Fish, I made this salmon without the sauce. Delicious! It's a keeper. Can't wait for summer again!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Cut the sauce recipe in half"

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