Check this my dinner tonight: healthy, gorgeous, and best of all, delicious.
The salad is a salad kit from the store. And there’s some avocado in the upper left. But don’t focus on that stuff… focus on the fish. That’s a piece of cedar plank smoked salmon, and you’ll never want to cook salmon any other way.
It’s surprisingly easy, but you need to get some cedar planks first. I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond, where two planks cost $7.99, but thanks to the 20% off coupon that came in the mail, I walked away with them for $6.39. If you search for “cedar planks” online, you’ll see that they’re everywhere: Target, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, and so many more places.
Those planks will end up on the grill, so you need to prep them by soaking them in water for at least an hour, preferably more. I soaked mine for 3-4 hours.
Then pat them dry, and brush a little olive oil on one side, which will help keep the fish from sticking.
Prep your salmon by seasoning with salt and pepper, or whatever herbs and spices you like, maybe some lemon or a sprig of dill, or marinate it if you want.
The salmon goes on the oiled side of the plank (skin side down, if your fish still has the skin), and the plank goes on the grill. Cover the grill, and open it as little as possible. The smoke from the cedar is what cooks the fish, and you don’t want that smoke to escape!
The fish should take 15-25 minutes to cook, over medium heat, but it will depend on the size and thickness of the fish.
The end result is so smoky and tender and juicy and amazing. Seriously. And I should know, because I’ve had it twice in three days!
I was visiting my sister over the weekend, and we came across the cedar planks at the store, and that’s when we decided to give this method a shot. It was my sister’s idea – she has a new grill that she’s been using in all sorts of ways, and she wanted to give this a whirl. We were both cedar plank newbies, but now I have two meals under my belt! (Literally and figuratively.)
For that meal, we paired the fish with a quinoa salad that had yellow pepper, tomatoes, feta cheese, and parsley in it.
I’m excited to try smoking other fish on cedar planks. The options are endless! Making healthy food choices is so much fun when you’re willing to experiment and try new things. You never know what you’ll discover… and what will inspire you to make more healthy choices!
Keep it up, David!
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