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  • Spice rub:
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cedar or alder grilling plank, soaked for 1 hour
  • 4 salmon fillets


  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. To prepare the spice rub, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Rub spice mixture over top of salmon. Place salmon skin side down on plank. Place plank on grill. Cook, covered, until salmon flakes with a fork, about 10 minutes.
VARIATION: For plain plank-grilled salmon, rub the salmon with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and grill. Recipe by Judith Dern

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