Trader Joe’s Seasoned Wild King Salmon On A Cedar Plank Review

I was at Trader Joe’s today for a completely unrelated mission (cheap wine) when I browsed their frozen seafood section. I came across a neat-looking item: king salmon already seasoned on a cedar plank. I was just talking about king salmon with a co-worker of mine who is from Alaska. I don’t recall ever having king salmon and I’m just too cash strapped to buy it online. The wild-caught salmon I usually see here in New England is frozen or previously frozen sockeye and coho. It stood out from the pack and I grabbed it on impulse.

Good Looking Package With Good Chunk Of Salmon
Packaging and Price

I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s that much but I usually like what I get. However many of their items tend to be on the small side. Their cedar-planked salmon breaks this trend as they come in nice hefty portions over 1 pound, including the plank. They went for 10.99 a pound, which made for a slightly pricey dinner, but no different than if I was grilling up a modest sized steak. A big selling point for me was that it came with a pre-soaked cedar plank that can be cooked in the oven. It can also be cooked from frozen, which I is how I will be doing it. I am very interested in how smokey this will make my house and if the fish will be done using the “cook from frozen” directions.

Wild-Caught In The Pacific Northwest

The Product

Although the salmon was frozen, you could tell it was a nice looking piece of fish. In my gluttony I got two of them and even before putting them in the oven I figured my mother in law was going to get an unexpected present later. The seasoning as stated on the label was not much more than salt, pepper and thyme.

Cook It Frozen? Sure Why Not!


The Recipe

I am simply following the instructions as listed on the package since the salmon is already seasoned. As instructed I placed the planked fish directly on the oven rack and cooked at 375 for about 40 minutes for frozen. I could have thawed them out, but I’m sort of curious about how it will turn out. While it cooked my house had a faint hint of cedar, but no detectable smoke. In my oven, after 40 minutes the salmon was not even close to being done, but I had a feeling this may happen so I started them earlier than usual. It took another half an hour for the thickest part of my salon to reach 140 F but it was worth the wait.

The Verdict

This was very good and did not suffer from being cooked from a frozen state. Moist, flavorful, just enough flavor from the thyme and the cedar.The fish was pre-seared, which gave a nice crust just like I did it on the grill. I love that distinctive flavor from wild-caught salmon, the flakes close to the skin remind me of grilled mackerel and always takes me back to my childhood. I’m glad I cooked two of them as one is enough to share, but is better as a mini-feast. I would definitely buy this again, next time I’ll thaw it first and maybe try it right on the grill. So thanks Trader Joe’s for a very pleasant surprise!



  1. I saw this item in Trader Joe’s before but was reluctant to try it. However, after reading your verdict I’ve decided to give it a try. Thanks for the directions and as always thanks for sharing.

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  2. I would like to thank you for giving me a like on my wordpress site,Which is and my blog was about cooking amazing fish in a Dutch oven, I found your blog very informative. As a beginning blogger I would appreciate any feed back that you could provide on my blogs. Also, I would be willing to volunteer my services with your blogs..

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    • Thanks for the kind words, I’m a new blogger myself and you would like to submit a fish story/recipe for a guest post, please send me an email or use the contact form. Thanks again!


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