Cedar Plank Salmon with Brown Sugar & Black Pepper
I like to serve the salmon still on the cedar plank so that everyone can take chunks of the salmon and pick at it for a more rustic style dinner. Make sure the cedar plank is soaked long enough otherwise it will catch on fire, and then things just get messy. The goal is to have a nice smoky finish to the sweet, peppery salmon, not to eat charred wood. The recipe can easily be made in the oven as well if you don’t have a grill. Place the cedar plank on a baking sheet then bake the salmon at 350º for about 30 minutes.
2 pound boneless salmon fillet
1 cedar plank meant for cooking, soaked in water for 2 to 4 hours*
¼ (packed) cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Preheat the grill to medium-high to prepare for indirect grilling.
In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and pepper.
Place the salmon on the cedar plank, and then spread the brown sugar mixture all over the salmon. Place the plank in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat. Cook until salmon is thoroughly cooked through and opaque, about 15 to 20 minutes.
To serve, cut the salmon into desired portions or serve the salmon on the cedar plank.
*Note: Cedar planks for cooking can be found at gourmet grocery stores, Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table. Do not use a piece of cedar plank found at a hardware store for cooking, it may be treated and can add unwanted chemicals to the food.