May 26, 2016

Cedar Plank Salmon with Brown Sugar & Black Pepper

I like to serve the salmon still on the cedar plank so that everyone can take chunks of the salmon and pick at it for a more rustic style dinner.

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I like to serve the salmon still on the cedar plank so that everyone can take chunks of the salmon and pick at it for a more rustic style dinner.

The recipe can easily be made in the oven as well if you don’t have a grill. Place the cedar plank on a baking sheet (or forgo the cedar plank entirely) then bake the salmon at 400ºF until just cooked through, about 16 minutes.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Brown Sugar & Black Pepper

Cooking on Cedar Planks

Make sure the cedar plank is soaked long enough otherwise it will catch on fire, and then things just get messy. The goal is to have a nice smoky finish to the sweet, peppery salmon, not to eat charred wood.

Cedar planks for cooking can be found at gourmet grocery stores, Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table. Do not use a piece of cedar plank found at a hardware store for cooking, it may be treated and can add unwanted chemicals to the food.

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Salmon – While the most common type of salmon sold in stores is Atlantic salmon, there are many other varieties. Atlantic salmon is much fattier and thicker so it takes a bit longer to cook. I used the Copper River Coho variety in this recipe. Every year during the months of May through September, three types of wild Alaskan salmon, King, Sockeye and Coho return to the Copper River as they head 300 miles up the river to spawn. This wild salmon is a more sustainable option. Make note, salmon cooking times can depend on the thickness of the salmon
  • Brown sugar – I use light brown sugar in this recipe which refers to the amount of molasses in the sugar. Light brown sugar contains about 3.5% molasses.
  • Black pepper – I recommend using freshly cracked black pepper in this recipe for a more distinct pepper flavor.

How to Make Cedar Plank Salmon with Brown Butter & Black Pepper

  1. Heat grill. Preheat the grill to medium-high to prepare for indirect grilling.
  2. Mix the sugar and pepper. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and pepper.
  3. Assemble salmon. Place the salmon on the cedar plank, and then spread the brown sugar mixture all over the salmon. Place the plank in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat.
  4. Grill the salmon. Cook until salmon is thoroughly cooked through and opaque, about 12 to 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon).
  5. Serve. To serve, cut the salmon into desired portions or serve the salmon on the cedar plank.

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Cedar Plank Salmon with Brown Sugar & Black Pepper

Equipment:

  • 1 cedar plank meant for cooking, soaked in water for 2 to 4 hours*

Ingredients:

  • 2 pound boneless salmon fillet
  • ¼ packed cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high to prepare for indirect grilling.
  • In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and pepper.
  • Place the salmon on the cedar plank, and then spread the brown sugar mixture all over the salmon. Place the plank in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat.
  • Cook until salmon is thoroughly cooked through and opaque, about 12 to 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon).
  • To serve, cut the salmon into desired portions or serve the salmon on the cedar plank.

Notes:

*Note: Cedar planks for cooking can be found at gourmet grocery stores, Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table. Do not use a piece of cedar plank found at a hardware store for cooking, it may be treated and can add unwanted chemicals to the food.

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