Yesterday I shared some tips for keeping your kitchen and home cool during hot summer days. One of the tips was to cook outside, using the grill to do a lot of the cooking so you keep the cooking heat completely outdoors.
This recipe is one of our family favorites, and it can be prepared outside on the grill: Cedar Planked Salmon. Truth be told, salmon is not my favorite fish, but it’s nutrient and health profile help encourage me to buy it fairly regularly. Once SPH came up with this recipe for cooking the salmon, I was hooked and R and G love it too. A salmon recipe that has the whole family eating it up? Sold!
If you aren’t too comfortable (like me) grilling fish, this recipe could be right up your alley. In lieu of placing the fish directly on the grill, you use a pre-soaked cedar plank to indirectly cook it. You don’t have to flip the fish, so you won’t have any worries about flipping the filet and losing half of it to the grill grates (I’ve done this!).
Cedar Planked Salmon
3 8-12 ounce salmon filets, skin on
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon maple syrup
First, soak the cedar plank. You can do this in any container, even a clean kitchen sink, as long as it is big enough to submerge the plank fully under water. You will have to place something heavy (we use a big jar of applesauce or the like) on top to keep the plank from floating on top. Soak for at least 20 minutes, or several hours.
Rinse the salmon, pat fully dry and place on a platter, skin side down. Preheat your grill to medium high heat.
In a medium bowl, mix the paprika, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, salt and ground pepper.
Rub the spices on fish.
Remove the planks from the water and wipe off any excess water. Place the fish skin side down on the plank and place the plank on top of the grill grates. Close the grill and let cook for 7-8 minutes.
Check to make sure the fish flakes when you touch it gently with a fork, but isn’t too dry.
Drizzle a small bit of maple syrup on top and serve.
*Cedar Planks can be purchased in most major grocery stores, near the seafood department.