Smoke ‘Em Out!

Now that is one of my favorite Bush-isms. OK, I like his references to the Internets too. And his definition of Sovreign… I could just keep going on and on. Sorry Bush fans… or should I say fan? HA! Anyway… sorry if I offend anyone, but it really was a good title for my cedar smoked salmon. I smoked ’em out all right, but this was in my grill.

I’ve been wanting to make cedar plank salmon ever since I had it at a restaurant a few years ago. I saw cedar grilling planks for sale at my local Publix, and first cringed at the price… $9 for two planks. Sheesh, its just wood. A bit pricey, but when I saw that you could use them a few times, I threw my frugal caution to the wind and bought them. Boy was I glad I did! This made such a fantastic dinner, and I did basically NO work for it, as I used my basic orange juice glaze. That is a total win-win situation for me.

Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe

1 cedar plank
1/4 c orange juice
1 tbsp honey
2 salmon filets

1. Soak planks for at least an hour, preferably longer. Preheat grill and place the plank inside the grill, rough side down. Let heat for about 10 minutes until smoking.

2. Simmer the orange juice and honey in a small sauce pan, just until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes, and let cool down. Or, you can microwave it in a ramekin for 1-2 minutes (if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to dirty a pan)

3. Season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. Brush both sides with glaze and place on the cedar plank. Grill until cooked, 10-15 minutes. No need to flip the fish.

Makes 2 Servings