Fire up the grill! This Whole30 and Paleo orange glazed cedar plank salmon is every bit as delicious and easy as it looks! It’s one of my favorite simple ways to cook salmon. The Paleo orange glaze takes a minute to put together and the cedar ramps up the taste of the salmon even more!
Cedar planks can look intimidating, but I promise you it’s really easy! And no, you won’t start it on fire! Cedar planks can be purchased at Home Depot or even Costco. Mine came in a pack of 5 planks for a little less than 10 bucks. You can also grab some from Amazon, where the prices are pretty on par with what I found at Costco.
The only thing you need to do to prepare the cedar plank for grilling is soak it for about a half hour prior to putting it on the grill. I use a rimmed baking sheet to do this and it works just fine. I also always bring out a spray bottle or a plastic condiment squeeze bottle full of water. When the wood not covered by the meat looks like it’s drying out, I simply wet it again to prevent excess smoking or a fire.
The orange glaze for the cedar plank salmon is a simple combination of some standard ingredients like orange juice (or a fresh squeezed orange), garlic, coconut aminos, and a few simple spices. If you’re not doing a Whole30, I’d highly recommend adding the honey in, but this recipe is great even without it! If you’re doing a Whole30, of course omit that step! Coconut aminos can be purchased on Thrive Market for a discount, Amazon, Whole Foods and even Target nowadays!
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If you don’t have a grill, or just don’t feel like firing it up for this Whole30 cedar plank salmon, you could definitely use this orange glaze marinade and just pan cook the salmon! Pan cooking it would be a much faster way, and salmon would only take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Another really good salmon marinade that’s already made for you is the new Primal Kitchen sesame ginger dressing.
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- 1.5 pound salmon filet, or 4–5 individual portions
- 1/2 cup orange juice, or juice from 1-2 oranges
- 1 tablespoon melted ghee
- 4 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons honey (omit for Whole30)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 orange, sliced
- Optional additional orange and/or cilantro to garnish
- Soak cedar plank in water 30 minutes prior to grilling. Heat grill to 500 degrees
- Combine orange juice, ghee, coconut aminos, honey (omit for Whole30), garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl
- With a meat brush (basting brush), brush mixture onto the salmon and let marinade while the cedar plank is soaking. Save the remainder of the glaze
- Once cedar plank has soaked and grill is heated, place cedar plank on the grill until there is a faint smell of smoke, about 3-4 minutes. Place salmon on the cedar plank, brush with glaze again, top with additional orange slices and cover the grill
- Let cook for 10 minutes. Have the remaining glaze, basting brush and spray bottle with water handy near the grill.
- After 10 minutes, open the grill, brush with remaining glaze. Wet the cedar plank if needed (you can tell if the wood is dry or wet), and cover. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the internal temp of the salmon reaches 130 degrees F.
Keywords: whole30 salmon, cedar plank salmon, grilling
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