Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Planked Salmon 

 

Planked salmon is a method of cooking and smoking salmon discovered by Pacific Northwest Indians. They cooked salmon on a damp cedar plank and found that it enhanced the flavor of their fresh fish. Variations of this cooking method have become very common in the Pacific Northwest, where different types of meat and seafood are marinated, placed on a soaked plank of an aromatic wood, such as cedar, alder, or hickory, and slow cooked in a covered grill or in the oven. The result is a succulent dish with a rich, smoky flavor.
Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

2 lbs salmon fillet
1 cedar plank
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp fresh chives, minced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced

Directions:

1. Soak the plank in water for at least one hour.
2. Marinade: In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except for salmon.
3. Spread marinade over salmon and let it sit 15 minutes.
4. Preheat grill to 350 F. & place salmon on plank.  Put it on the grill over medium heat, with the lid closed for about 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
5.  Serve hot or cold.  For a brighter flavor, drizzle with some fresh lemon juice.
 
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