Cedar Plank Salmon

Jun 19th

Pete and I have been cooking fish for as long as I can remember on cedar planks. The planks give the fish just enough smoky flavor, and cook them to perfection. Of course you do have to have a grill for this recipe. We bought a lovely piece of Copper River Salmon at Lambert’s here in Holland Michigan. They sell fresh fish and chicken. You need to check out my perch recipe on my blog for fried perch. They have the best salmon and perch I’ve ever had. For this delicious recipe, I made a homemade rub, and then we used a homemade BBQ sauce. We soaked the plank for about 3 hours in water, in the sink. You can buy cedar planks almost anywhere now. We have found that you can go to Home Depot, and see if they have any scraps of cedar, and either have them cut it for you, or cut your own. It is a lot less expensive that way. Otherwise you can buy them at any grill, or grocery store. I called home the other day, and in Mesa Arizona it was 110 degrees! I hate to rub it in fellow Arizonians, but the high here in Macatawa has been 85 degrees! I’m sitting writing this, on our back porch with a sweatshirt on! Today I’m trying to live in the moment, and hope I can practice this for the rest of my life! Why worry about yesterday or tomorrow and just live and breath in the moment. You can’t change yesterday and you can’t predict tomorrow, so take each little thing that comes your way today, and be thankful, and blessed in the moment! If any of you have cooked with a cedar plank, leave me a comment, and let me know what way you like to cook with these perfect grilling accompaniments! Thanks for reading, love, Stacey

Cedar Plank Salmon

1 cedar plank soaked in water for about 3 hours.

1 piece of Copper River Salmon, enough for two people. I think this one was about a pound and a half.

1/2 of a lemon squeezed on top of the salmon.

For the rub:

1 tsp granulated garlic

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp chile powder

Mix altogether and rub all over the Salmon.

Place on cedar plank and top with 2 lemon slices

Grill on Medium high heat for about 20 minutes, don’t turn over

After 20 minutes brush with Maple BBQ Sauce

Maple BBQ Sauce:

8 oz can of tomato sauce

1/4 cup of good maple syrup

1 cup of golden brown sugar

1 cup of Ketchup

1/4 cup of molasses

1 Tbs of apple cider vinegar

3 Tbs of soy sauce

2 tsp brown mustard

2 Tbs of chile powder

1 tsp red chile flakes

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Mix altogether in a medium saucepan over medium high heat until blended. Turn burner to low and simmer for 30 minutes, you can then cool and use right away or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


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