A wooden board with salmon and lemon slices on it.

Cedar Plank Steelhead Trout with Lemon & Basil

This is a BC Coastal Original Recipe!


  • 1 Cedar Plank
  • 1 8-12″ fillet Steelhead trout (or Salmon)
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves (or enough to cover the bottom of the fish)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • BC Coastal Salmon Rub spice kit


  1. Presoak BC Coastal cedar grilling plank in water for 2-6 hours
  2. When ready to cook wipe off excess water
  3. Place basil leaves evenly on plank
  4. Season fish with lemon juice, salt and pepper, and Salmon Rub (follow package instructions)
  5. Place seasoned fish onto plank and cover with any extra leaves
  6. Cook fish on barbeque or in the oven, following instructions below

Oven use:

Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees Celsius.

When using a grilling plank be sure to put plank on a cookie sheet or place foil underneath to catch drips.

Once the planked food is in the oven turn temperature down to 375.

BBQ use:

Turn BBQ on high to warm up

Once hot, place your rubbed or marinated food on the plank, skin side down, and onto one side of the BBQ, reduce only that sides temperature to low. Reduce the other sides temperature to medium. (If you have an extremely hot BBQ consider turning the plank side burner off after the plank has started to smolder)

The plank should start to crackle and smolder. This creates the smoke!

Check your plank occasionally, if you have a flare up, which is normal, use a spray bottle filled with water to spritz out the flames. You want your plank to be smoldering, not flaming. Make sure while you’re checking your plank that a very minimal amount of smoke escapes.

Remember that when cooking with a cedar plank your cooking time will double!

When cooked to desired tenderness, carefully remove plank and place on a cookie sheet or foil before plating.

Eat & Enjoy!