It's The Wood That Makes it Good: Seven Ways to Cedar Plank Salmon
If you're not familiar with cedar plank salmon, it's time to get familiar. Grilling fresh fish on a cedar plank is the difference between a sub-standard cookout and a bodacious backyard blowout.
The technique isn't terribly difficult to master, either. Just pick up some cedar planks at a kitchen supply store (or online, or wherever you buy your propane), and use them as a platform for grilling. You'll need to soak the planks in water or cider for a few hours beforehand, but that's a small price to pay for the smoky, woodsy flavor they lend to meats, vegetables, and especially salmon.
RECIPE: Danny Boome's Perfect Pan-Fried Salmon
Wanna try cedar plank grilling at your next barbecue? You really can't go wrong, but here's six exceptional salmon recipes to get you started:
(Clockwise from left: Kiss My Whisk, Kayotic Kitchen, Patio Daddio BBQ)
Apricot-Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon
"I don’t need much to be happy. No, really. This is all it takes," writes Kay of Kayotic Kitchen. And it's hard to doubt what she says after seeing her cedar plank salmon, made with a glaze of white wine, jalapeno, mustard and apricot preserves. Get the whole recipe here.
John at Patio Daddio BBQ debated calling this recipe Asian Barbecue Salmon, but decided to go with the title above after giving it a taste. He uses his own homemade Asian barbecue glaze (containing mirin, hoisin sauce, ground ginger and cherries) to flavor his fish before grilling it on cedar planks. Click here to check it out.
(Patio Daddio BBQ)
Cedar Plank Salmon With Lemon-Dill Butter
If her lemony dill-infused butter hasn't sold you on this cedar plank salmon recipe from Grill Grrrl (aka Robyn), her following comments might do the trick: "After making this dish, I woke up the next day to smell a faint hint of cedar in my hair, as if I was wearing a men’s cologne I was mildly attracted to."
Cedar Plank Salmon With Cayenne Lime Butter
A fine piece of cedar plank salmon is already almost as good as it gets, but that didn't stop Carrie at Kiss My Whisk by finishing her recipe with a drizzle of cayenne lime butter. She says it's great on more than just fish, too. "On salmon, on veggies, on steak, and guzzling straight up," she says.
(Kiss My Whisk)
Cedar Plank Salmon With Horseradish Chive Sauce
Shannon at The Curvy Carrot was introduced to cedar plank salmon by an article in Fine Cooking magazine, but she added a horseradish/chive sauce to make this recipe her own. (Shannon says the leftovers are perfect for making salmon burgers, too.)
(The Curvy Carrot)
Blackened Cedar Plank Salmon
Mary at Chasing Some Blue Sky is a big fan of cedar plank fish, especially with her homemade blackening spice recipe. "Seriously, blackened salmon is good stuff," she promises. "And it's just as outstanding cold and thrown into a salad the next day."
(Chasing Some Blue Sky)
Brined Cedar Plank Salmon
If you've got enough time before grilling, you can also brine your salmon fillets with spices, juniper berries and brown sugar like Rick of À La Mode Journals. "The brine helped keep the salmon deliciously moist during grilling, and the infused flavors of the spices, brown sugar, and dill were complimented by the sweet cedar smoke," he says. Try Rick's recipe here.
(À La Mode Journals)
Spicy Charred Baby Octopus Skewers
These spicy octopus skewers from Lori at Taste With the Eyes might take a bit of extra prep work, but they really pay off in taste and presentation. And let's be honest, nobody's going to forget a barbecue where they were served whole sea creatures on sticks. Get the recipe here.
READ: 7 Ways to Make Cedar Plank Salmon
(Taste With the Eyes)