A couple of you read yesterday’s post and inquired about the recipe for the cedar plank salmon that I served at Kristal’s 30th birthday party this weekend. I am happy to share this DELICIOUS recipe with you. This recipe is one that I got from the talented chefs in our family, my sister-in-law, Katie and her mom, Diane!
- 1 C pure maple syrup
- 2 T finely grated, peeled fresh ginger
- 4 T fresh lemon juice
- 3 T soy sauce
- 1 1/2 t. minced garlic
- greens from 1 bunch scallions
- untreated cedar plank
- 2.5 lb. salmon fillet with skin
- Soak plank in water for about 2 hours.
- In small saucepan, simmer syrup, ginger, 3 of the 4 T of lemon, soy, garlic and pepper to taste until reduced to about 1 C, about 30 min. Let cool. Maple glaze may be made 2 days ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before proceeding.
- Lightly oil cedar plank. Arrange scallion greens in one layer on plank. Heat half the glaze until heated through. Stir in remaining T of lemon juice. Keep warm covered to serve with salmon.
- Place salmon skin side down on scallion greens and brush with remaining glaze. Cook on covered grill for approximately 30 minutes. (I have a gas grill and use indirect heat, but the grill easily gets up to 350-375 degrees.) I usually brush one more time with the glaze.
- Cut salmon crosswise into 6 pieces. Drizzle with warm sauce.
The 4-1-1 on Cedar Planks
My family, buys their cedar planks at Home Depot, but the Home Depot in the South Bay did not have what I needed. Instead, I bought my cedar planks at Learned Lumber on PCH in Hermosa Beach. The cedar planks must be untreated and you ask the people who work at the lumber yard to cut the planks into thirds or fourths for you. My cedar plank served 4 large salmon filets that served 18 people. The whole plank cost $12 and when the salmon was done I threw the planks out and did not attempt to wash them. Katie and Diane suggested this to me and it was fabulous advice I now pass on to you!