Tips for Grilling Fish on a Cedar Plank
The grilling gurus over at Ted's Montana Grill have some tried-and-true techniques for grilling fish on cedar planks.
Fish Grilling Tips With A Cedar Plank:
· Prep: If using charcoal or wood, prepare a hot fire in the grill. If using a gas grill, preheat the grill on high heat. Use a paper towel to pat the fish dry on both sides and check for any bones or scales.
· Season: Sprinkle the salmon generously with sea salt and fresh ground pepper on both sides. To prepare your cedar plank, soak it in water for at least 2 hours to allow for full saturation, then coat with olive oil before it goes on the grill. Rubbing the plank with different spices, like garlic and fresh herbs, will bring out different flavors in your fish. You can even soak the plank in wine or cider if you want to get adventurous!
· Cook: When the grill is preheated, add the cedar plank to a hot grate for about 3-4 minutes until it starts to have a smoky aroma. Flip the plank so the charred side is facing up, and place the fish skin side down. Cook the fish about 9 minutes for a 7 ounce piece. When ready, the fish will flake apart easily. Be careful not to overcook!
· Serve: Serve the fish while still hot from the grill with any finishing garnishes of your liking. Well-seasoned and simply grilled with a squeeze of fresh lemon is best!
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