SALMON Cedar Plank Grilled
Recipe and Photo submitted by Rick Beach
Image ©2013 Rick Beach
This is a family favorite. Cedar "Planked" Salmon. Also see our favorite Sun Dried Tomato & Basil topping recipe.
Don't wait for summer to be over before you try this recipe. Though cedar is what we prefer, other species of wood are available. We use Cedar specifically sold for cooking on. We find ours at Home Depot in the BBQ area. While some cooks write you can reuse the boards, we never-ever do. In some places the planks are only available seasonally. Don't try native wood or wood that may have been exposed to chemicals. It's worth the price to pay to get what is specifically made for this.
This recipe takes advanced prep. The planks need soaked in water for a minimum of 1 hour. I often times soak them for 3+ hours or overnight. Use a rectangular glass casserole dish and fill high enough with water to completely submerge the planks. Fill a large glass or glass measuring cup with water. Place the filled glass or glasses on top of the planks to weigh them down enough to stay submerged.
I use a 3 burner BBQ grill with a lid. These can be done on any BBQ grill, charcoal grill, or a campfire bed of coals as long as you can cover them to retain the heat and cook at a temperature around 375°. The whole concept is you need to try it and get used to your own cooking method.
With the 3 burner arrangement I turn on all burners to high to pre-heat. Then I turn the center to low and the 2 ends to medium high. My under the lid temps range from 350° to 400°
The soaked planks with the Salmon are placed over the center (lower heat). It is common for the planks to smoke and even burn around the edge some. I keep a spray bottle of water handy and check at 10 minutes, and 15 minutes. I spray soak the edges that might catch fire. Keep the spray water off the fillets. (My total grilling time on my grill is perfect at 20 minutes)