Can You Reuse A Cedar Plank?

Last Updated on May 5, 2023

If you’re looking to save money, can you reuse a cedar plank after using it to grill salmon? Keep reading to discover the answer.

Two salmon filets and some asparagus cooking on a cedar plank

Grilling salmon on a cedar plank is a sure way to impress your guests. It tastes delicious and the presentation just can’t be beat.

So let’s talk about why you’d want to grill on a cedar plank and how it works, then if it’s possible to reuse cedar planks more than once.

Why Grill With A Cedar Plank?

First of all, it looks really cool. There’s nothing like pulling a deliciously grilled salmon off the grill and serving it right on the cedar plank it cooked on. It’s guaranteed to wow your guests.

Then there’s the flavor. The cedar plank will keep the fish moist while also infusing it with a very subtle smokiness.

You obviously won’t get as much smoke flavor as you would from using an actual smoker, but cedar planks will work with any type of grill or even in the oven. So convenience is key here.

To get started, you just need a cedar plank, which you can buy anywhere grilling supplies are sold.

Unlike wood chips, which don’t need to be soaked at all, a you should soak the grilling plank in water for at least an hour. Fire up your grill and let it come up to temperature. Add your meat or veggies to the plank and place it directly on the grill. You can even add your favorite sauce or seasonings right on the plank.

When it’s done just remove the entire thing and serve right on the plank. It will be hot so be sure to put it down somewhere safe.

Can You Reuse A Cedar Plank?

Technically, you can reuse a cedar grilling plank if it isn’t too damaged during its first use. But it’s going to be scorched on one side and covered in fish juice and seasoning on the other side. So if you’re going for presentation, you won’t get it with a reused grilling plank.

It might also give an off-putting flavor on its second use or contain bacteria left from the initial cook, so why bother? I know it’s a shame to be wasteful but you can get cedar planks for just a few bucks so you might as well use a fresh one rather than risk ruining your entire meal.