Buttered Plank Smoked Salmon

Cooked salmon filet garnished with two thin, twirled lemon slices and a dill sprig resting skin down on a white platter.

Perfect after a long day fishing, this Plank Smoked Salmon with Seasoned Butter provides garlic and dill flavor infusion.

Salmon is a delicate fish that does well when lightly smoked and gently seasoned. Cooking it on a plank over a live fire gives it a great smokey flavor while letting it hold its shape. The seasoned butter is made ahead of time, to infuse as much garlic and dill flavor into the butter as possible.

This salmon can be as easily made with fresh-caught salmon around the camp, as it can be made in the backyard for a family gathering. Serve it with crusty bread, a green salad, and/or fresh vegetables.

Buttered Plank Smoked Salmon Recipe

Cooked salmon filet garnished with two thin, twirled lemon slices and a dill sprig resting skin down on a white platter.
Perfect after a long day fishing, this plank smoked salmon with seasoned butter provides garlic and dill flavor infusion.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
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Seasoned Butter Sauce

  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and halved
  • 3 sprigs dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste

Planked Salmon

  • 1 large salmon fillet
  • salt and pepper to taste

To Serve

  • 1 lemon to garnish
  • 1 sprig additional dill to garnish


  • heat proof dish
  • 1 plank


Seasoned Butter Sauce

  • In a heat-proof dish add the butter, garlic, dill, and salt. Place in the BBQ and melt, but do not boil. The longer this can infuse, the stronger the flavors, a minimum of 10 minutes.

Planked Salmon

  • Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees F (125 degrees C).
  • Lay the salmon on a cooking safe plank of wood, such as untreated alder wood.
  • Brush the salmon with the flavored butter then add to the smoker.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes. The salmon is cooked when it gently flakes away when pulled.
    Tip: Time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of the salmon fillet.

To Serve

  • Serve the salmon drizzled with some of the remaining seasoned butter, then garnished with the lemon and dill. Serve the remaining seasoned butter on the side.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 477kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 34gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 661mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 869IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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