This is an amazing recipe and since it was my first time ever to eat salmon cooked this way. The kind of salmon they made that night was the Wild Alaskan Salmon, and it was grilled on the barbecue while sitting on top of cedar planks. A total new technique (which I've never seen before) that I witnessed while I was on a business trip in L.A.
However, while my new friends were grilling the salmon, the aroma was so incredible as the smoke from the grill permeated the entire yard, I just had to try it. To my surprise, the non-fish eater that I am, I really LOVED IT! The smoky flavor was so intense, it wasn't fishy at all.
Wild Salmon is also very high in Omega-3, which is now highly recommended by the American Heart Association. So, not only are you having a delicious and impressive looking seafood dish, but your keeping everyone healthy too!
This barbequed wild salmon is wonderful to pair it with a glass of white wine and serve it along with a side dish of either rice, quinoa, vegetables or salad; makes it a fabulous seafood dinner! The smoked salmon is even great as leftovers when served "chilled" over a green salad for lunch the very next day!
- 2 pounds Wild Salmon (not farm raised)
- 2 Cedar Planks (found in gourmet food stores, or hardware stores)
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. ground fennel
- 1 Tbsp. dill weed
- 1 Tbsp. course sea salt
- 1 lemon -sliced thinly
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Directions:Soak the cedar planks in water for 1 hour.
Place salmon skin side down on planks and add all spices to top of fish.
Lay thin slices of lemon across the top of the salmon as pictured below.
Place plank on grill and cover will foil - should cook in about 15 to 25 minutes.
Good sign is when the edges of the plank are charred and lemon slices are slightly burnt.
Do not over cook.
Check and slice fish in center while near end of cooking, it should be pink inside.
Carefully slide the wild salmon off the planks onto a serving platter.
Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the salmon and serve!
Serves 6 to 8