Saturday, May 31, 2008

cedar plank grilled salmon

The husband of a good friend of mine loves to fish and loves salmon. I would say if there was one meal that is his specialty to make, it is grilled salmon. His wife (my friend) makes a tasty-tasty lemon dijon sauce to top it. She was kind enough to share her recipe, but of course I can never just leave well enough alone! So below are directions for our version of cedar plank grilled salmon based on the deliciousness of theirs!

Grilled Salmon Ingredients:
cedar plank (for grilling)

water to cover plank
1/3 cup coarse salt
1 & 1/2 lbs fillet of salmon (we like the skin on)
a drizzle of olive oil
1/3 yellow onion thinly sliced
1/2 lemon thinly sliced

1/3 cup fresh dill
salt pepper

Lemon Dijon Sauce Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter

1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons yellow onion, minced

1 & 1/2 lemons juiced
4 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 green onion thinly sliced
3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  1. In a large roaster pan place cedar plank, cover with water, add coarse salt. Allow to soak for 3 hours.
  2. Once cedar is fully soaked, prepare salmon.
  3. Pre-heat grill (ours is gas) to indirect medium high (about 425 F)
  4. Rinse off salmon (if it hasn't been done already, debone fillet)
  5. Place salmon on board, drizzle with olive oil, flavour with salt and pepper. Place dill, onion and lemon across the top of it.
  6. Place plank over indirect heat, allow to cook for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temp of 134 F.
  7. While salmon is cooking, make Lemon Dijon sauce: heat butter and saute onions and garlic, don't brown.
  8. Add Dijon mustard, lemon juice (sans seeds!) and honey. Whisk together and allow to thicken.
  9. Once the sauce is brought to a gentle simmer add green onions and dill, allow to simmer for 2-3 min
  10. Remove sauce from heat.
  11. Once salmon is done, remove from heat, serve fish right on cedar plank. Serve Lemon Dijon sauce on the side.
We served this with wild rice and a fresh salad... a great summer meal! Serves 4.


Emily said...

Sounds delicious! We're having a WIN A SUMMER OF WILD SALMON CONTEST - mailing the creator of the best salmon recipe 15 lbs. of wild salmon. If you'd like to submit this recipe or another favorite, please enter it at

Parker said...

I love grilled salmon. I have yet to try the cedar plank - sounds great.

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