Maple Soyaki Cedar Plank Salmon

My husband was introduced to cedar plank grilling by a colleague several years ago.  We started “easy” with chicken pieces and last summer ventured into salmon which is more delicate and harder to cook properly. Our first foray into salmon was using his colleagues recipe for a rum, brown sugar, salt cure. Last year we also made a second recipe – maple-soy that I had found online. We liked the Maple-Soy Salmon and decided to shake it up this year. My daughter loves Asian flavors and Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce is a favorite of hers. We decided to replace the soy sauce with Soyaki Sauce to make Maple-Soyaki Salmon.

Maple-Soyaki Salmon - Cooked on the Grill

You simply marinate the salmon in equal parts maple syrup and Soyaki Sauce for a couple of hours.

Maple-Soyaki Salmon - Marinating



Soak the boards. This is one of the few times that I like my divided sink. We use a heavy pot filled with water to keep the boards submerged.

Maple-Soyaki Salmon - Soaking Cedar Planks

You then cook the salmon on a cedar plank for 20 minutes or until cooked through. 

Maple-Soyaki Salmon - On the Grill

Maple-Soyaki Salmon
Serves 10
Maple-Soyaki Salmon Cooked on a Cedar Plank
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr 20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr 20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
  1. 2.5 lbs Salmon Filet
  2. 3/4 c Maple Syrup
  3. 3/4 c Soyaki Sauce (Trader Joe's)
  1. Place Salmon Filet skin down in a 15x10 baking dish or similar for marinating.
  2. Mix Syrup and Soyaki in a bowl and pour over the salmon.
  3. Refrigerate in marinade for a minimum of 2 hours.
  4. Soak Cedar Plank in water for a minimum of 40 minutes before cooking
  5. Preheat grill on low heat.
  6. Place salmon on soaked boards, brush with additional marinade, and place on grill. We use a 3 burner gas grill and turn off the burner under the salmon and keep the others on low.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Transfer the board to a serving platter and serve on the board.
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We all loved the Maple-Soyaki Salmon, even my daughter who is not usually a fan of salmon. The sweetness of the teriyaki combined well with the maple syrup but added a touch of acid and salt. The sesame seeds were also a nice addition to the salmon. We have made the Maple-Soyaki Salmon a second time and it was a big hit again.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce? What is your favorite way to use it?

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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