Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.
It’s been a full week of grilling here on Simple Bites and what a delicious week it has been! There is nothing better than heading outside to cook dinner when the weather turns warm.
Our family loves traditional grilled fare like hamburgers and hotdogs, but what we really enjoy cooking on our grill during the summer is seafood. There is something about the lightly enhanced smokey flavor of grilled seafood that makes it seem like the ideal summer meal.
We love all kinds of seafood on the grill – shrimp, tilapia, tuna steaks – but the one fish that we can’t get enough of is grilled salmon. Salmon has the perfect amount of natural fat to leave it flaky and moist when prepared on the grill.
Salmon is also an extremely versatile fish making it a great addition to your weekly menu. The ingredients can easily be changed to suit the flavors you are craving the most.
The salmon recipe I am sharing today is cooked on a cedar plank, which enhances the salmon with a smokey grilled flavor like no other. Cedar planks can be purchased at your local grocery, warehouse or specialty shops and preparing them to be used on your grill is simple.
How to Prepare a Cedar Plank for Grilling
- Once you have purchased your grilling plank and are ready to use it, rinse it off under warm water to remove dust and residue.
- Next, fill your kitchen sink half full of water. Submerge the cedar plank all the way into the water. Use a heavy item (such as a full wine bottle, filled cup, etc) to hold it in place at the bottom of the sink.
- Soak the plank in the water for at least 1 hour.
- After the cedar plank has soaked for the appropriate amount of time, and once you are ready to grill your salmon, place the plank on a pre-heated grill for 5 minutes, or until it begins to smoke and crackle.
- Your cedar plank is now ready for grilling. Add your salmon and enjoy!
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Recipe: Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon
- One 2 lb salmon filet, skin removed
- 1 cedar plank, pre-soaked in water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Preheat a gas grill to medium.
- Place the cedar plank on the grill grate for 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, combine brown sugar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika and Kosher salt in a small bowl.
- Using clean hands or a spatula rub the mixture over the top of the salmon filet (the side the skin was not on)
- Place the prepared salmon onto the cedar plank, what would have been skin side down.
- Grill for 30 minutes, or until salmon turns light pink in color and is flaky.
What is your favorite seafood to cook on the grill?