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Cedar Plank Harissa Smoked Salmon

Cedar Plank Harissa Smoked Salmon marinated w/garlic, honey, lemon, harissa, & paprika, served with Moroccan couscous. Tender, flaky, & full of flavor!

Course Entree
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword Harissa, Salmon
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 312 kcal
Author Holly Sander


  • 3 pounds salmon filet - one large piece with pin bones removed
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Harissa
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 whole lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons salt and pepper
  • cedar plank that will fit your salmon, soaked/completely submerged in water for 1-2 hours


  1. If you haven't soaked your cedar plank in water, start soaking it and then continue with this recipe.
  2. Mix together all ingredients for the marinade and pour over the salmon in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Make sure the fish is completely coated, including the sides and the bottom. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill to 400 degrees or a medium-high heat. Place the cedar plank on the grill and allow it to preheat for 5 minutes or until it begins to crackle and smoke.
  4. Dab off some of the marinade from your salmon so it isn't too wet. Lay the salmon filet on the cedar plank and grill for 20 minutes, or or until just cooked through but still moist (internal temperature should read 135 degrees).
  5. Be sure to check on the salmon regularly to make sure it's not engulfed in flames!
  6. Serve over Moroccan Couscous with lemon wedges, chopped cilantro, Pickled Onions and Mango Chutney.

Recipe Notes

You can purchase your salmon filet with or without skin. I get mine from Costco without the skin, since it doesn't crisp up during the cedar plank cooking method.


You could also cut your filet into smaller portions and then grill it. This could cause the salmon to cook more quickly so be sure to check it early and temp it.


You can add sliced lemon wedges and jalapenos to the salmon before cooking for a beautiful presentation.