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Not The Same Ol’ Labor Day Meal, Again

Mother’s Day is just for moms, Father’s Day is just for dads, and Valentine’s Day is just for, well, those in love I guess. Labor Day simply celebrates hard work, and that can apply to everyone. But must we celebrate by eating the same thing every time? I think not, and am suggesting salmon, simply & deliciously cooked on a cedar plank. This year, celebrate Labor Day with some new flavors.

Sam the Cooking Guy

Cedar Plank Salmon

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Cedar Plank Salmon


1 Cedar plank (dimensions are up to you, but about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and big enough to fit the salmon with at least an inch of border, but not too big to fit in your grill)

1 whole side salmon, skin on or off, pin bones removed (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Kosher Salt and fresh ground pepper

2 cups brown sugar

Spray bottle of water, just in case

Cilantro or parsley for garnish


  1. Soak cedar plank in water 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Heat grill to medium/high.
  3. Place salmon on plank and rub top lightly with oil. Sprinkle well with salt and pepper. Cover salmon with brown sugar. Place board with salmon on heated grill and close lid. For a filet about an inch at its thickest and depending on how good your barbecue is, it will grill for about 15 – 25 minutes. The plank sides may flare up during cooking this is no big deal as long as you keep the salmon about an inch away from the edges. Remove and serve.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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