Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon and Summer Kitchen Reveal

raw salmon

Yesterday we finally completed our small summer kitchen. We’ve spent several weekends working on this project, from planning, to framing, to the woodwork, the tiling and the plumbing. A few weeks ago, when we moved into our new home, this is what we started with, just a shell.

empty brick cove

And this is what we’ve done.  For the most part, the project went pretty smoothly, until right at the end. When we went to hook up the water to an existing pipe, we found out that the house had been re-plumbed (and this line had been cut off) sometime after the previous summer kitchen had been removed from the area, so no water for us. We ended up having to run a water line about 60 feet around from the front of the house. I was left in charge of digging the trench, and burying the pipe.


We used a Weber Genesis Grill, removed it’s little wings, and used it the same way you would a slide in stove in your home. This saved a lot of money over a built-in stove and will make grill replacement that much easier when the time comes. My husband secured the grill in place, and then added a small piece of cedar on the bottom to make it look more built-in and hide it’s wheels. We framed out the cabinets with pressure treated lumber and then made doors out of cedar. For the counters, I used a tile that is made to look like slate. Then we added a small bar sink.

Here’s a picture taken at night, you can really see the grain of the wood better.

picture taken at night

Lastly, I added a wall hanging in the center that picks up the brown from the grill and some of the blue from the slate tile. We’re going to let the cedar age naturally, so in a year or so this area will have a whole new look with the beautiful gray hues of aged and weathered cedar.

wall decoration

To celebrate the end of this project, we made cedar planked salmon. I used the Copper River King salmon we had frozen that we had brought back from Seattle, but any salmon will do.

salmon on cedar

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Yield: 1 serving

Cedar Planked Salmon

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Cook Time:   15 minutes    Total Time:   20 minutes


1 salmon filet per person (We used Copper River King Salmon)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt per filet
cedar grilling board


Preheat grill over low heat. Sprinkle sea salt over salmon and place on cedar board. Grill for approximately 15 minutes or until opaque throughout and flaky.

Garnish with lemon and butter if desired.

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Summer Kitchen Project Series sponsored by Lowe’s and Weber. All opinion’s 100% mine.

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  8 Responses to “Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon and Summer Kitchen Reveal”

  1. Shaina — August 13, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Oh, this turned out so nice. I love the space, and cedar plank salmon is always a favorite.

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — August 13, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    That salmon and your outdoor kitchen. Just WOW you guys did a fantastic job. Now when am I’m coming over ; ) xoxo

  3. JulieD — August 13, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, Angie…I love it!! You guys did a great job. I’m sorry you had to dig though!! Great salmon recipe too!

  4. Cassie — August 13, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    I adore this Angie! The wood grain is stunning! And cedar-planked salmon is definitely the way to break it in!

  5. Belinda @zomppa — August 13, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    I am LOVING this!! That grill is making me green with envy and hunger!

  6. [email protected] — August 14, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Oh Angie, I’m so jealous of that outdoor kitchen and the salmon. Both look completely lovely!

  7. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 15, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    The kitchen is gorgeous and when that cedar becomes weathered it will be so beautiful! Very nice job and you will enjoy it for years to come. Love that salmon too!

  8. Plumber Glen Waverley — March 11, 2015 @ 11:26 am

    Beautiful kitchen 2

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