Cooking salmon on your grill or barbeque is almost always a great experience, but if you want truly amazing salmon, try cooking it on a cedar plank. You will get a nice Smokey flavor as well as a very moist piece of fish.
- 2 salmon fillets
- 2 thin untreated cedar planks
- Copious amount of ginger -- chopped
- 2 tablespoon lime or lemon zest (finely minced lime or lemon peel)
- 2 tablespoon orange zest (finely minced orange peel)
- Salt and pepper
- Cajun or Creole spice mix
- Olive oil
- 1 water spray bottle
First of all, you should be able to find untreated cedar shims at your local hardware store, they usually come in bundles so you will probably have some extras which will be great if you decide to use this recipe again in the future.
Each salmon fillet will use its own plank, so if you are making two pieces of fish, you will need to follow these instructions below twice.
Preheat your grill to medium.
Next generously oil up one side of your cedar plank using your olive oil.
Sprinkle some of your Cajun or Creole seasoning on the oiled part of the plank.
Place your salmon on the oiled/seasoned side of the plank and add some of your seasoning to it as well as salt and pepper.
Next cover the top of your salmon in the lime/orange zest as well as the ginger. These herbs help to keep the salmon nice and moist.
Place the planks directly on the grill and close the lid. You will notice your grill smoking like crazy, but don't worry this is supposed to happen.
Allow the fish to cook for 15 minutes.
Periodically check on your salmon, if your cedar planks start to catch on fire before the 15 minutes has passed, spray it with the water bottle mentioned in the ingredients.
Once the fish is done, remove from the grill and either serve directly on the plank or place the salmon fillet on a plate. Make sure to remove the majority of the zest and ginger prior to eating as the flavor can be overwhelming.