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SANDRA'S CHARCOAL GRILLED CEDAR PLANK WHITE KING SALMON – JAMAICAN STYLE

The flavor achieved by grilling fresh Alaska King Salmon
on cedar planks is second
to none...


Serves: (4)
Pre-Soak Plank: Min. 4 Hrs.
Prep: 5 Mins. |
Marinade: 30 Mins.
Grill: 20 to 25 Mins.

Non-treated Cedar Plank:
Weigh down and soak cedar plank totally immersed in water for a minimum of 4 hrs.

**Marinade:
2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste

***Alaska King Salmon
4 6oz. - 2” thick, boneless, skin-on white king salmon fillets (or red king salmon, or halibut)

--Prepared steamed rice
--Prepared coleslaw
--Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves

METHOD

Begin by soaking the cedar plank fully immersed in water, as directed above, for 4 hrs. by weighing it down (I use a heavy-bottom stainless steel saucepan with a large-full can of goods inside of it).

Simply
irresistible...
A half hour before grilling, begin by whisking the marinade ingredients in small bowl, and brush liberally on flesh-side of king salmon fillets. Place seasoned king salmon into a shallow non-reactive (glass) dish, skin-side down, cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator to marinade for 30 minutes.

Prepare charcoal for grilling by making one half of bottom “in-direct heat” (no charcoal), and the other “direct heat” (a pile of charcoal), and place a spray bottle with pure water close by to douse possible flare-ups on edges of cedar plank.

Place cedar plank onto “direct” side of grill to preheat and slightly sear for 3 to 5 minutes, with lid closed.

Open grill, and move cedar plank to the “indirect” side, and brush top of plank just where you’ll be placing the king salmon fillets (please do not brush edges to avoid unnecessary flare-ups). Place the king salmon fillets onto the cedar plank skin-side down, close lid, and grill for 20 to 25 minutes, just until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Check periodically for possible flare-ups, and spray the edges of plank with water, if present, (not the fish please ;).

Place a baking sheet lined with foil close by, and when king salmon fillets are done, use care while removing the extremely hot plank to the baking sheet (I do so using two large spatulas). Lightly tent salmon with foil and let stand 5 minutes for juices to redistribute. Serve cedar plank white king salmon with fresh cilantro leaves, steamed rice, and coleslaw. – Enjoy!

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Tips: A slightly longer cooking time is necessary because the plank absorbs more heat, versus placing the king salmon fillets directly on the grill. 

Also, please use your cedar plank for grilling only once, then toss it!

(I purchased my cedar planks at Fred Meyer in the cookware section, which came 2/pkg.)

3 comments:

sandra said...

This is the greatest method in which to grill salmon...it is never fail, and such an stunning presentation, with just the right amount of cedar flavoring with moist richness!!!

Unknown said...

Looks yummmy! I've never eaten white king salmon but would love to try it some day. I threw my plank away after only one use but that's because it burned!!! Thanks for the tips Sandra.

sandra said...

You are welcome! Cedar planks are only good for one use as a rule. I hope some day you're able to try white king salmon - it's splendid!!!

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