My Turn for us: Cedar Planked Salmon with Mango Salsa
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cedar Planked Salmon with Mango Salsa

This is one of my all time favorite recipes.  The cedar adds a touch of smoke flavor to the salmon fillets and it is so very easy to prepare. This is also very healthy and low calorie (I am still trying to get rid of the extra padding around my middle from the holidays).  I always serve it with Mango Salsa which I love.

 You can buy these cedar planks at your local grocery (if that doesn't work for you try Bed Bath and Beyond or any kitchen speciality store)  This particular brand comes in a two pack.
You will need to soak your plank completely submerged in water for a hour or more. (place a heavy object  on it to keep it from floating)

I usually use a teriyaki seasoning for the fillets (I have made teriyaki sauce in the past but I like to keep it simple these days so store bought is excellent).  I live in the southwest so I do envy those of you that are able to buy "fresh" salmon but for now I love these little portions.

Cedar Planked Salmon

Start by soaking your plank (remember if the plank is not soaked for at least an hour, it will catch on fire)  At this time I marinate my fillets with the teriyaki sauce and  I will turn them in about 30 minutes so the marinate covers both sides.  I also make the salsa at this time  and place it in the fridge to allow the flavors to marry.

When the plank is ready, I place the fillets on the plank leaving space between them to allow the smoke to surround the fish.  Of course I then take the easy way out, because my lovely Fellow takes over and places the planked salmon on the grill.  But just in case he is not around, this is what he does.

Heat the grill to medium and place the plank with the salmon on the grill, close the cover.  It will smoke, this is exactly what you want, keep the cover closed so the smoke can penetrate the salmon fillets.  Remove  in 10 minutes and check for doness, the fish should be flaky and cooked throughout. He removes the plank with the salmon.  

Serve immediately with this awesome Mango Salsa.  

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