Can we talk about simplicity? Once you own a cedar plank, the world is your oyster. Or at least you’re set up for salmon perfection with just 15 minutes of marinating and 15 minutes on the grill culminating in a mouth-watering, flavorful Asian-influenced entree that will impress even the fanciest foodie. But go ahead. Act like it was hard. Your secret is safe with us.

Prep Time: 2 hr. 15 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 2 hr. 15 min.


Cedar plank for grilling (about 6 x 15 inches)


One 2 lb. salmon filet with skin (1 1/2 inches thick)

Secret Aardvark Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce


Soak cedar grilling plank in water to cover 2 hours, keeping it immersed.

Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas).

Spread Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce on flesh side of salmon and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Put salmon on plank, skin side down (if salmon is too wide for plank, fold in thinner side to fit). Grill, covered with lid, until salmon is just cooked through and edges are browned, 13 to 15 minutes. Let salmon stand on plank for 5 minutes before serving

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