Itching for a new technique? Cook your salmon on wood! Felicitously, The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has a rich selection of recipes to give inspiration to your next planked salmon meal. Their two most popular wild salmon dishes--our favorite included here--feature salmon grilled on a cedar plank. Planks for grilling can be found for around $10 at most hardware and grocery stores. The planks infuse the salmon with a subtle smoky flavor and offer a fun way to mix up your repertoire when it comes to cooking salmon!
- 1 lb sockeye salmon
- 1 bunch green onions, trimmed and sliced length-wise
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger root
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- ½-1 tsp fresh minced garlic
- Red pepper flakes, to taste
Ready the Plank
Soak wood in water 30 minutes to 2 hours. Pat wood plank dry and spray-coat or lightly oil one side.
Ready the Salmon
Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Place green onions on moistened plank; top with salmon fillet. Blend remaining ingredients and rub onto salmon. Let fish rest 5 minutes before cooking.
Place the planked salmon on the grill using indirect heat (not directly over heat). Reduce heat to medium and cook in covered grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Cook until salmon is opaque throughout, but not overcooked. (Baking at 400° works, too)
Serve with steamed rice and your choice of stir-fried vegetables.