How to Grill Fish on a Wood Plank

How to Grill Fish on a Wood Plank

Publish Date June 6, 2024 2 Minute Read
Author MyMagazine Staff

Want to pull off smoky, juicy fish fillets? Wood plank grilling can get you there! This preparation method is simpler than you might think, and it’s a fun way to experiment with different flavors. Get ready to get hooked on this easy, elegant cooking method.

soaking wood plank in glass baking dish of water

1. Soak the wood plank:

You’ll want to check the package instructions, but most planks should be soaked in water for 1–2 hours before grilling. Use a heavier object, like a sturdy water glass, to keep the plank submerged.

Prepping salmon for grilling

2. Prep the fish:

While the plank is soaking, pat the fish dry with paper towels, then add seasonings or marinade. Refrigerate until the plank is ready. While salmon is a popular choice for plank grilling, halibut, trout and mahi-mahi are other great options.

3. Fire up the grill:

Preheat the grill to medium heat or 350°F.

Brushing olive oil on wood plank

4. Prep the plank:

Coat the plank with oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Salmon filets on wood plank on grill

5. Cook:

Set the fish on plank, skin-side down. Grill over indirect heat with the lid closed for 10–15 minutes or until fish reaches a safe internal temperature of 145°F.

Grilled salmon served on wood plank

6. Serve and enjoy!

For a stunning presentation, bring the plank right to the table.

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