Fish Dish: Cedar Planked Salmon

October 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

I was excited to find that my local market has started stocking Full Circle all natural, wild caught, US fish in its freezer section.  I live on the Gulf Coast and can get fresh Gulf seafood but these are not indigenous fishcicles.  So I have decided to share this culinary voyage with you.  I won’t be providing recipes per se but instructions on how I fixed each Fish Dish.

The Finshed ProductFish Dish: cedar planked salmon with maple-bourbon glaze, steamed veggies over brown rice.

Cooking on a cedar plank is an ancient Native American technique that transcends well to the modern world.  You can place the plank on an open fire, gas grill or as I did in a 350 oven.  Soaking the plank in water for a while is required; follow the directions on the plank you buy.

The glaze was insanely easy.  I stirred a tablespoon of Maker’s Mark Bourbon into two tablespoons Grade A maple syrup (not pancake syrup, the real stuff).  I seasoned the salmon with salt and pepper and placed it onto the plank and the plank into the oven for 1o minutes.  I then brushed the glaze on the salmon and back into the oven for 5 more minutes.  I simply steamed the veggies and pre-cooked brown rice until hot (the microwave does this well) and seasoned them with salt and pepper.  I poured the leftover glaze over everything.  The maple-bourbon glaze is addictive.

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Stuart Reb Donald

Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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