Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
cedar plank salmon

Grilling fresh fish can quickly become a headache. It’s delicate, flaky texture easily falls apart and turns into mush by the time it’s finished cooking. Achieve the smoky flavor you love without the mess with a little help from a cedar plank! We’re serving up a hearty Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon that is the perfect addition to summer salads and steamed seasonal veggies.

Once you find a cedar plank, the rest of the components for this recipe are quite simple. We use a one-pound piece of salmon as our protein of choice. However, you can easily swap in a different fish for easy grilling. Tilapia or trout would be delicious substitutions. Check out this article on the healthiest fish for weight loss and make your selection!

The first step to making this grilled goodness is to soak the cedar plank in water for at least two hours. Once the plank is finished soaking, place the salmon onto the plank and season it with black pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Place the plank onto your preheated grill and close the cover. Cook for 14 to 18 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your preference.

One four-ounce serving of this Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon contains 161 calories. If you’re on Nutrisystem, you can count it as two PowerFuel servings.

Healthy Hacks: This recipe is super simple yet very versatile! Feel free to switch up the spices every week based on what you’re in the mood for. Add in some chili powder for a spicy kick or some oregano for an Italian-inspired dinner. Throw on some lemon slices and fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or basil. Use this simple salmon as a base for a hearty dinner and pair it with assorted steamed vegetables and a whole grain side dish. Try quinoa and green beans, brown rice and asparagus or whole grain bread with roasted tomatoes. The combinations are endless! Check out the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide for inspiration on healthy additions.

If you’re searching for more salmon, you’ve come to the right place! The Leaf Weight Loss Blog has many salmon recipes that fit into your Nutrisystem plan. We love this hearty fish because it’s not only delicious but also extremely nutritious! Salmon is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. “A recent study on the connection between omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease (CVD) demonstrated that the intake of these fatty acids are linked to better cardiovascular health,” says Medical News Today.

Enjoy the health benefits of salmon while enjoying a healthy meal! From burgers to power bowls, we have plenty of tasty ideas for your weight loss menu. Get inspired by some of our most popular salmon recipes below:

What’s your favorite way to prepare salmon? Have you come up with your own fish recipe that you’d like to share? Share the love with the Nutrisystem community by submitting your ideas on our Recipe Submission page! Jan submitted her recipe for Easy Salmon Patties and we can’t get enough of them.

Servings: 4 (1 serving = 4 oz.)

Calories per Serving: 161

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels


  • 1 lb. salmon
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • Equipment
  • 1 cedar plank


  1. Soak cedar plank in water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Place salmon onto the cedar plank and season with the black pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
  3. Place plank on preheated grill. Cover and cook for 14-18 minutes, or until salmon is cooked to your preference.
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