Cedar Plank Fish

Cedar Plank Fish

Total Time: 35 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Suitable For: Pescatarians

There are many ways to braai fish. But not all have the unique and woody flavour produced by using a cedar plank. Go on, impress the family, try our cedar plank fish recipe and taste the difference.


1 cedar plank, untreated 

1 whole fish fillet (450g – 700g) 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 teaspoon smoked paprika 

small bunch of dill leaves 

1 lemon, sliced 

salt and black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for 2 hours before you plan on braaing. 
  2. Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Then rub them with olive oil and generously season with salt, pepper and paprika on both sides.
  3. Lie the fish on the cedar plank and spread the lemon slices and dill over the top.
  4. Preheat your braai to medium-to-high heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Then shift your coals to one side of the braai and place the cedar plank in the centre of the hot grid. 
  5. Cover the braai until the fish is cooked through around 20 to 30 minutes. The internal temperature should read 57°C. 
  6. Transfer the fish and plank to a platter and serve.


Tip 01 Tip 01

Freshness is key. Use the freshest fish you can find. If purchasing a whole fish, the eyes must be clear, the gills bright red and the scales shiny.

Tip 02 Tip 02

Get to know your local fishmonger or deli and ask them questions like, where the fish comes from and how it was caught.

Tip 03 Tip 03

Serve with herb-roasted potatoes, sugar snap peas or par-grilled brussels sprouts.