Don't Eat Out, Stay In - Cedar Plank Salmon

Ready to cook at home instead of going out?  How about Seafood this weekend?  You can make this for a fraction of the price, and it is so simple.  When I ask people what they are eating for dinners, most don't mention fish, which is a shame!  When I ask about fish they more often than not tell me they do not include it because they don't know how to cook it.  This method turns out flaky and tender every time!  Salmon is a great source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which most of us don't get enough of from food!  

Have you ever cooked with a Cedar Plank before?  They add an amazing flavor to whatever you are cooking on them!  You can find them at any grocery store, usually by the seafood counter.  I recently purchased some at Costco, they were 6 for $9.95.  (one time use, good to stock up!)  The cedar planks need to be soaked before use, they say 2 hours, but I can't say I have ever gotten it in the water 2 hrs prior to eating.  Usually I soak for about 30 min, and keep an eye out for flare ups.  You can cook anything on the cedar plank!  Any kind of protein or veggies work very well.  If you don't like salmon, give the cedar plank a try for chicken or pork!

For dinner in, try serving this Salmon with Quinoa and grilled Asparagus.  A simple, tasty recipe for quinoa can be found here.  You can do the asparagus on the grill right next to the salmon (or on the rack above).  Simply wash, break off the woody ends, lay on tin foil, lightly drizzle olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic.  Wrap up, and grill for 9-10 minutes!  Easy!

Simple Cedar Plank Salmon
1.75-2lb Salmon Fillet
2 tsp Olive Oil
Lemon Pepper
1 Lemon (optional)
1 Tbsp minced Garlic
Season All (McCormick seasoned Salt)
Also - 1 Cedar Plank

Soak the Cedar plank according to directions (about 1-2 hours)

I usually dress the salmon off to the side and transfer to the Cedar plank right before going to the grill.  Start the grill heating up to high.  You want to grill Salmon on high heat, 450-500 degrees F.

Drizzle with 2 tsp Olive Oil.  Use the back of a spoon or a brush to rub olive oil over the entire fillet.

Sprinkle with Garlic and again, rub over entire fillet.

Cover Fillet well with Lemon Pepper seasoning.  If you want more Lemon Flavor, Zest a lemon over the fillet, then cut a lemon in half and squeeze juice over fillet.  This is optional, depending on if you have a lemon or not.  I highly recommend it though!

Sprinkle Season All over the fillet, covering well.  The Season All has sodium in it, but about 1/2 as plain old salt.  If you are watching sodium, you may want to measure, and limit this one.  Season All also has chili pepper, celery seed, nutmeg, coriander, onion, paprika and a little garlic in it, it is a great combination on proteins!  It also has no MSG.

 Transfer Salmon to soaked Cedar Plank, and place plank directly on grill.  For 1 inch thickness, cook for 10-12 minutes, for 1 1/4 inch thickness cook 12-13 min, and for 1 1/2 inch thickness, cook 14-15 minutes.


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