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Cedar Plank Salmon with Blackberry Sauce

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 (3/4 cup sauce)


  • 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)


  • Soak grilling planks in water for at least 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet with 2 tablespoons sauce: 304 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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  • annrms
    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!

  • Kristi217
    Jun 18, 2013

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  • Let Them Eat Cheesecake
    Dec 8, 2012

    Cut the sauce recipe in half