Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cedar Plank Salmon

We spent the past week in Missoula, Montana at my in-laws cabin in the big woods. We had a fabulous week, and spent Canada Day (like our 4th of July) in Alberta, Canada. This is one of our families favorite Salmon recipes to grill during the summer months. We used fresh Alaska Salmon, and ate out on the deck, surrounded by peaceful and serene wilderness. Michael, our 7 year old says this is his favorite meal, and asked me for fish for breakfast this morning... it is that good!

3-4 pound salmon fillet

Coastal Cuisine ~ dry rub (A tasty all around dry rub for seafood, chicken and vegetables)

2T kosher or course salt
2T brown sugar
1T black pepper
1T garlic powder
1T dried basil
1T paprika
1T dried tarragon

Coastal Cuisine Cedar Planked Salmon... a classic plank grilling experience...

1 fillet of fresh salmon
3T coastal cuisine dry rub
limes or lemons for garnish and flavor

Plank Grilling Instructions:

1. Set salmon, skin side down on soaked plank. Season with Coastal Cuisine Dry Rub.

2. Place plank on preheated grill with low to medium heat. Grill for 10 to 20 minutes with lid closed, until salmon flakes easily. Serves 6.

*Remember to soak the cedar plank 20 minutes - 4 hours before use.
*For best flavor, avoid unnecessarily opening grill lid to prevent loss of heat and smoke.
*Planks can be reused once or twice, if not overly charred. Rinse with hot water and let air dry. Store in the freezer. When ready to reuse, follow Plank Grilling instructions listed below.

1. Soak plank.
2. GRILL - Place seasoned food on plank. Set plank on grill using low or medium heat. Close lid. No need to turn food. Grill fish for 10-20 minutes, other foods may take longer.. Plank will smoke lightly creating rich fish aroma. Use spay bottle of water to put out the flare -ups.
3. ENJOY - Grilled food emerges moist and succulent. Place on serving dish and enjoy. Plank will be hot and charred after use.

Jenna... making memories!!!  We put out a blanket on the lawn, and the kids go from the Volleyball court, to the sandbox, tire swing, trampoline, watering flowers, filling up the baby pool, water balloon fights, star gazing, great company, and delicious food!    

Jenna and Grandma Lillian.

Cameron Lake, Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada.  
This is a spectacular rub!  Even if you don't have a cedar plank to grill on your salmon will turn out amazing!  I love to add garden grown asparagus, summer squash and zucchini... whatever I can find.  I marinade the garden veggies and grill it along with the salmon.