Cedar Plank Salmon

23 Nov

I’m always up for a good remodel event, so when I was invited to cover the El Segundo McCormick & Schmick’s unveiling party, conveniently located between my office and home, I was on board.  I’ve spent many a happy hour at McCormick & Schmick’s, so it was a real treat to get to spend some time enjoying their newly renovated space and menu.

In addition to the fabulous atmosphere, drinks, and appetizers {full review here}, my favorite was the entree, a Roasted Cedar Plank Salmon with Sundried tomato pesto topped with fresh Roma tomatoes, so I was elated when they provided the recipe, along with some Cedar planks,  in our goody bags, which I’ve featured here.

{Gina’s Take}

This recipe is super straight forward and simple.  I experimented with both raw and toasted nuts in the food processor – the toasted definitely added a little depth to the pesto. To be most efficient – start soaking the planks before mixing the pesto – that way you’ll have everything timed out perfectly.

cedar plank salmon

cedar planked salmon{Pretty Little Tip}

Get the most juice out of your lemon by warming it up – put it in the microwave for 10 seconds or simply roll it around in your hands for a minute.

Or if you are up for a little pampering without the desire to do any dishes, check out fare at your local McCormick & Schmick’s :).

McCormick & Schmick’s Cedar Planked Salmon


  • Cedar Planks large enough to accommodate the salmon
  • 4oz Sundried Tomatoes
  • 1oz Toasted Hazelnuts or Almonds
  • 1oz shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1Tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • 4 8oz salmon fillets
  • 1-2 thinly sliced Roma Tomatoes


    Plank Prep
  1. Soak cedar planks in room temperature water for 15 minutes
  2. Pesto Prep
  3. In a food processor, combine the sundried tomatoes, nuts, cheese, garlic, lemon, oil, and salt and blend for 2 minutes.
  4. Salmon Prep
  5. Place the salmon on to the soaked cedar planks, season with salt and pepper to taste, then spread 1/4" of pesto on to the top of the salmon.
  6. Next, place a layer of the thinly sliced Roma tomatoes on top of the pesto.
  7. Transfer the salmon topped planks to a preheated 350F grill and cook until desired doneness* is achieved. Avoid direct flames to prevent plank from catching fire.
  8. *Time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon. Mine took about 25 min.

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