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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon


Grilled cedar plank salmon is surprisingly easy to make on the grill.  No more having to dine out for it.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon I Nikkilynndesign

My husband loves salmon and orders it frequently when we go out for meals.

When grocery shopping on Monday, our regular store had a one day special closeout on salmon.

Fresh Salmon

While I was browsing the selection another gentleman (who is the chef at an upscale restaurant) and I were talking.

I told him that my husband loves salmon but I had never made it before.

He helped me chose my salmon and explained a unique way to make salmon on the grill. Grilled cedar plank salmon was his recommendation.

 

Two Ways to Purchase Cedar Boards

1.) Purchase them.

2.) Make them. Stop by a local lumber yard. Purchase 1×8, untreated cedar planks and cut them into 16 inch pieces. 

 

Prepping The Boards

About 2-3 hours before you want to grill your salmon, soak your boards in water. You can also soak them in wine, it gives your salmon a whole different taste. I chose to use the water method for the first attempt.

Prepping The Grill

While you are boarding up the salmon, let your grill warm up to a medium heat.

 

Prepping Your Salmon

Wash and pat your salmon dry: leaving the skin on the salmon. You can choose to marinade the salmon at this time if you wish or use a rub you have prepared.
Salmon
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Place the salmon skin side down on the planks. If you have marinated the salmon you are set to grill. If not, now is the time to season it. I generously sprinkled sea salt, cracked pepper and rosemary on the skinned side that was facing me.

 

To Grill

Place the boards on the grill grates. I used a gas grill. As the boards dry out on the grill keep a water bottle handy and spritz the boards occasionally.
The boards will blacken on the underside a little but will not catch on fire. You will need to keep an eye on the boards during the grill process; just keep them damp.

Your salmon will take between 15-25 minutes to cook; depending on the thickness of your fish. It is finished when the salmon is a light pink.

 

Removal From Grill

Transfer the board onto a plate. Using a knife and a fork, remove the under skin; it comes off fairly easy. Plate up the salmon and let rest for a few minutes. The salmon really needs that rest period to meld the flavors.

Recipes for Side Dishes

Simple Creamy Cucumber Salad  Blue Cheese Potato Salad  Ham Pasta Salad


 

Re-Using Your Boards


You can reuse the boards as many times as you see fit.  Just be sure to wash them immediately with warm soapy water and rinse well.  Let air dry.