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Cedar Planked Crab Stuffed Sockeye Salmon

Fresh British Columbia Wild Sockeye Salmon is a perfect BBQ treat for special friends.

You will need to buy some untreated cedar planks that can be found most places that have BBQ supplies. We soaked the planks for 5 hours in water. They float so you will need to weigh them down. Just before you are ready to BBQ the salmon, you will preheat your grill to 425.

Put your planks down on the grill, leave 2 minutes and turn over. . leave 2 minutes and flip them onto the other side. Just before putting the salmon on the planks, drizzle a bit of olive oil on each plank and a sprinkle of salt and place your salmon on the board. I found individual portion sized planks which I placed on each plate and then allowed each person to remove the salmon and I collected the boards before the dinner started.
Crab Stuffing
  • 2 cups of crab meat (I bought a can of crab in the deli section at Costco made up filling from the whole can and froze half for next time)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced bell pepper 
  • 2 beaten  eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon dill seasoning (or fresh dill and lemon juice to taste)
  • salt and pepper 
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  1. Saute the onion and pepper until translucent. Add the seasoning and the mustard and the crab. I would taste it at this point to make sure it does need salt and pepper.  
  2. Add the beaten eggs and the bread crumbs.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to stuff your salmon.
I bought 2 sockeye salmon fillets. I carefully removed the skin with a sharp knife. It is a bit tedious but only took a few minutes. I then cut 1 1/2 inch long strips down the length of the salmon. Depending on the weight of your salmon you will get either 3 or 4 strips per fillet.
After they are sliced, roll each strip of salmon into a circle. Aa little hole will remain in the center for you to plop your crab filling. I used an ice cream scoop to put the crab filling into each circle of salmon. I covered it with plastic wrap and refrigerated it the rest of the afternoon.
When the cedar planks were ready, I took a large egg flipper and slid each salmon/crab circle onto the plank. If your grill tends to flare have a spray bottle ready with water to douse the flames.
As I said at the top in the preparation for the cedar planking. The grill should be 425 F. Set your timer for 14 minutes.  Have your plates ready and enjoy.
I made an easy cucumber sauce to go with the salmon.

Cucumber Sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup finely diced cucumber
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • some fresh chopped dill
  • some fresh chives
  • a fresh grind of salt and pepper to taste
Combine ingredients and refrigerate until the salmon is served.


  1. another fabulous reipe, thanks lovella, looks great.

  2. How fabulous looking is that!?
    The weather looks like it will be perfect this week for more outdoor BBQ's!

  3. Hi Lovella - hope you are enjoying your holiday.

    I've heard about cedar planks but have never used them before. I was wondering - do they improve the taste? Or does it make it easier to cook the fish?

  4. Wow! This looks impressive! Who even wants to go out to a fancy restaurant? I saw cedar planking like that recently and wondered about getting it. I really want to try this . . . I'm not sure if our BBQ keeps its heat level like what you have explained in some of your grilling recipes, so there's always the unknown element that makes me nervous. Thank you for another great recipe.

  5. Hello!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog to say hello! Wow, this is one yummy blog! Must come back for more! Have a wonderful week!


  6. island sparrow .. .yes it does change the flavour. . the cedar smokes a bit and then it also makes the grilling of the fish fuss free by not having it fall apart and slipping through the grates.

  7. Okay...this looks so good! I bought planking some time ago...and have yet to try grilling with I shall give this a try.

  8. This looks delicious! My question is: where do you buy your Panko bread crumbs? So far I've not found a place that carries them.

  9. Fabulous! This is a must have for a special dinner. Kathy

  10. bev. . I bought the panko bread crumbs at Walmart. . and I've also seen them at most grocery stores. .maybe you have to look by the Chinese food stuff .. or else ask.


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