Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cedar Plank Salmon

Making fish on the grill is tough!  It sticks and burns and dries out easily.  But the charcoal flavor is terrific with any fish.  Here is the solution!  This is my favorite way to eat fish, and it's easy!

This fish is quick so it is great to either please a crowd or for a healthy dinner during the week.

The dry rub I use in the video is "Low Salt Cajun Rub" from Whole Foods.  There are also more traditional salmon rubs that have brown sugar in them, for a sweeter taste.  I like them both.

The video has more explanation than usual.  The down side is, it's longer.  So be ready to take some notes. Cedar planks are pretty easy to find.  I usually buy them in bulk when I find them. Try a "high end" grocery store, Price Club or even a building supply.  Otherwise, order them on the Internet.

The plank should soak in water for at least 30 minutes!

Planks can be reused a few times if you wash them off (no soap).  If you really want to get crazy, when they are "done" break them up and use as smoking chips.

If you do not have a charcoal grill:

Follow the recipe, but use an indirect cooking method on your gas grill.  If your gas grill has two burners, bring the grill up to a high temperature with both burners on.  Next, turn one burner off and place the plank over the extinguished burner, but as close to the lit burner as possible.  Everything else is the same as in the video.  If your gas grill has three burners, same technique, but turn off the middle burner and place the plank in the middle.  I'm unaware of a gas grill with one burner, but if that is your situation...  get a new grill!

I think I'm getting better speaking on camera, but it's still a bit dry.  I'll work on it.  I also wore a shirt!

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