Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Salsa


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OMG IT’S ALL HAPPENING! Game of Thrones and Cinco de Mayo are both within reach and it’s time to celebrate! WGC is turning into Cinco de Mayo central next week, duh, and before then it’s all about this Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Salsa!!

Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

I’ve had been obsessed with cedar plank salmon for the past few years! I did it 2 years ago with this blistered cherry tomato topping and now it’s happening with a mango avocado salsa! The cedar plank adds such a great flavor to my already favorite kind of fish – and the salsa is so addictive you’ll want to add it to everything. I used to think it was so complicated to use a cedar plank – but then I realized all you have to do is soak the plank is some liquid… I opt for white wine, but you could easily do stock or water, and then it’s game time. Super easy – and the presentation is already taken care of!

Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

And some quick substitutions – if you’re anti cilantro, use chives! If you can’t find any great salmon, you can use another fish – sea bass is great on cedar planks too! And if mangos aren’t quite ready in your neck of the woods – use bell peppers! Okay – let’s make some fish!

Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Salsa

5 from 1 vote


  • 1 large cedar plank
  • 2-3 cups white wine
  • 1 whole salmon fillet about 2 pounds, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

For the Mango Tomato Avocado Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango peeled, seeded, diced
  • 2 green onions finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 jalapeño minced
  • 1-2 avocados peeled, seeded, diced
  • small handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  • Soak the cedar plank in the white wine about 2-4 hours before grilling.
  • Prepare your gas or charcoal grill to medium heat, about 350 degrees F.
  • Lay the whole salmon filet on top of the cedar plank, making sure none of the salmon is hanging off. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with brown sugar, salt and pepper. Place the cedar plank on the grill and cover the grill. Grill for about 12-15 minutes and check for doneness. The salmon is done when it's uniformly pink in the center.
  • Using tongs or a large grill safe spatula, remove the cedar plank salmon and transfer to a flat surface to rest.
  • Top with the salsa and serve whole.

To make the salsa, combine the mango, green onion, lime juice, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado and cilantro in a bowl. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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    1. Julie @ Table for Two

      LESS THAN A WEEK before GOT!!! Gah, can’t wait!! I’ll celebrate with this dish 🙂

    2. Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)

      This salmon looks like an epic meal worthy of marking the return of GOT! Love it and cannot wait!

    3. Monika

      Wow! This looks magnificent! I agree. Salmon is my favorite. This looks like it would be really fun to try.

    4. Sommer @aspicyperspective

      The mango salsa just makes this salmon recipe over the top!

    5. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

      LOVE how easy and delicious this salmon is. Mango salsa is the best fruit salsa ever.

    6. Bridget Lucas

      Such a great recipe, have already made it a couple of times! Added some strawberries to the salsa as well!!

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    9. Lindsay

      5 stars
      We make cedar plank salmon quite a bit, but the brown sugar and the pico really set this dish off!!! Well done again, Gaby!!!!