“Salmon are like men; too soft a life is not good for them.” – writer James de Coquet
So me hearties, we have run aground at the next item on our list: salmon on a plank. And it’s easy and beautiful…smooth seas ahead. Arrgghh!!
Annnnnnd that’s probably enough pirate speak.
The main prep for this dish involves acquiring a plank. I’ve seen planks for sale at cooking stores, but got a tip from a friend that you can just get a scrap of cedar cut at your local lumberyard. I tried to do this, but was ignored by men working (but that’s a rant for another time) I actually found pre-cut planks in the grilling section at that lumber store (insert rant here).
Of course after this ordeal, I realized they actually sell planks AT the seafood counter of my local flyover grocery. Which is impressive. See them stacked on top of the case?
Your plank gets soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before use. This keeps it from charring too much on the grill.
Now onto the salmon. I went with a sustainably caught wild salmon, which most agree has better flavor and is better for you than farm raised salmon. Also, I think it was the single most beautiful thing I have ever bought at the grocery store. I mean, look at this:
Gorgeous. Continue reading