Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon with Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli

Cedar plank salmon on top of greens with asparagus on a black plate with salmon on Cedar planks in background and a glass of white wine from Gourmet Done Skinny

Use your oven or grill!

This easy Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli comes together very quickly for an easy quick meal. You can bake the Cedar Plank Salmon in the oven or put it on the grill. I do prefer the Cedar planks (paid link) smoked on the grill better, but I’m not the grill master in my house so I use the oven when he’s not home. It’s so fast and easy and easy clean up too! And for you Weight Watchers out there, 0 Freestyle Smart Points! Wow!

Can you use cedar wood planks in the oven?

Yes, you definitely can! For best results place the soaked cedar planks (paid link) directly on the oven rack and place a pan underneath to catch any drippings. This way the air circulates around the planks.

Do you have to soak the cedar planks?

Yes, for best flavor you should soak the cedar planks (paid link) at least 15 minutes in hot water before using. There seems to be a lot of debate about soaking time, some say up to 2 hours but I find 15-30 minutes is really all you need as long as you use hot water. For more info about soaking, read this fascinating post.

Homemade Chipotle Seasoning in a white dish

This recipe is so easy especially if you already have my Homemade Chipotle Seasoning on hand!

How to make oven baked Cedar Plank Salmon in 3 easy steps!

  1. Soak the cedar planks (paid link) in hot water for 15 minutes.
  2. Season the salmon.
  3. Bake until flakey with a fork (about 8-10 minutes).
Cedar planks soaking in a glass dish with Polish pottery bowls to hold the planks down from Gourmet Done Skinny
  1. Soak the cedar planks (paid link) in hot water for 15 minutes.
Salmon topped with Chipotle seasoning and lime on Cedar planks on a sheet pan with oil and seasoning from Gourmet Done Skinny

2. Season the salmon with Homemade Chipotle seasoning (paid link), squeeze lime juice over pieces.

Cedar planks with salmon, chipotle seasoning and lime in the oven

3. Bake in oven for about 8-10 minutes until flakey with a fork. Serve with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli.

What wine pairs best with Cedar Plank Salmon?

Since salmon is a rich oily fish, and we are using a yogurt based sauce, pair it with an oaked Chardonnay, Viognier, Grüner Veltliner (one of my favorites) or Sauvignon Blanc. For a more in depth pairing guide on salmon and wine, check out this post.

Vegetables on Cedar planks from Gourmet Done Skinny

For a quick and complete meal, try Cedar Plank Vegetables to go alongside your salmon. They can bake at the same time!

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Cedar Plank Salmon with Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli

Amy Lawrence
This healthy easy Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli comes together very quickly in 3 steps for an easy quick meal. You can bake it in the oven or put it on the grill. Soak the cedar planks for only 15 minutes in hot water. Season the salmon with my chipotle seasoning and bake! Serve with my Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli -super easy to mix together.
Weight Watchers Points: 0 Freestyle Smart Points
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Fish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. fresh wild salmon -Copper Sockeye, Alaskan, cut into 4 oz pieces
  • 1-2 Cedar planks depending on size (you can also bake the salmon on foil on a baking sheet but you won't get the Cedar flavor)
  • Homemade Chipotle Seasoning or other seasoning of choice
  • kosher salt
  • fresh lime 1/2 for squeezing and 1/2 cut into thin slices
  • Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli -super easy to put together!

Instructions
 

  • Soak cedar planks for at least 15 minutes in hot water from the tap. See notes at bottom.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Remove bones from salmon. Cut salmon into 4 pieces about 4 oz each.
  • Place salmon pieces on cedar planks, skin side down. Squeeze 1/2 lime over all the pieces.
  • Place a lime slice on each piece.  Sprinkle with Homemade Chipotle Seasoning and kosher salt.
  • Spray olive oil with oil mister over top of salmon.
  • Bake in preheated oven until flakey with a fork for about 8-10 minutes or until 140°. Use a thermometer for best results. I like to put a pan under the planks for any drips from the cedar planks.
  • Remove from oven and serve with Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli and Cedar Plank Vegetables for a complete meal.

Notes

Soaking the cedar planks: For best flavor you should soak them at least 15 minutes in hot water before using. There seems to be a lot of debate about soaking time, some say up to 2 hours but I find 15-30 minutes is really all you need as long as you use hot water. For more info about soaking, read this fascinating post.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 26.6gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 58.6mgSodium: 1118.9mgPotassium: 469.1mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.7gVitamin A: 101.7IUVitamin C: 5.3mgCalcium: 147.1mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword Cedar plank
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Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence is passionate about good food, losing and maintaining weight. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce delicious healthy recipes to help her followers stay on track. A military brat who has lived all over the U.S and Germany is an example for women who have had many successful careers in life, including special ed teacher, tea room owner, cookbook author, and publisher.

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