How to Grill Salmon Using Cedar Planks
Last week I told you about a dinner party for some friends where my wife chose a menu from one of our cooking magazines and we prepared it in its entirety. I shared with you the Grilled Eggplant Caponata and now I’d like to share the Salmon Steaks with Lemon and Dill cooked on the grill using cedar planks that give the salmon some of the natural flavors from the wood plus a little smokey flavor. You start this recipe by coating the salmon with a salt mixture (curing) and then marinating in sake, a Japanese beverage made from fermented rice adding to the texture and flavor.
I’ll be honest with you; this is not a weeknight meal when you are pressed for time. The steps are not difficult but they do take time. I’d save this meal for the weekend especially if you are having friends over for dinner. You can count on a full 3 hours of prep time, and should probably allow a little bit more to be safe. It’s much easier to season salmon steaks, toss them on the grill and cook them in less than 10 minutes but the extra steps described in the recipe are well worth the extra time.
The original recipe from my June 2012 edition of Food & Wine was for 8 people. I cut it the recipe down to serve 4 but you can double everything if you want to serve 8.