Costco is our new BFF. We got a sweet deal on good salmon (which I portioned into 4 meals for 2 people each), cedar planks, and red potatoes (the potatoes part is super old news, if you’ve been reading this blog this summer!). This was the first time I used the Costco salmon (I *love* buying in bulk, but I also *love* hoarding/savouring things).
In addition, this is about our 10th time using the potatoes since we bought the 5 pound bag – and there is STILL a lot more! Thankfully, when stored properly, potatoes last for a long time, so we can use them all!
This salmon from Simple Bites was so simple and yet so delicious. On one side, we could taste the dry rub ingredients (including a subtle sweetness from the brown sugar) and on the other side, we could taste the smokey, cedary flavour. It was great! Also: my husband used to dislike salmon (hence why I think this is only the second salmon recipe featured on Never the Same Dish – the first salmon recipe were these delightful grilled barbecue salmon burgers). But he gobbled up this piece of salmon, and would have eaten extra, if there was any!
The crispy herb roasted potatoes from Barbara Cooks were a nice accompaniment and there is nothing particular to note about them. Just trying to slowly but surely plow through my potato recipes…
Side note: Despite following our plank-preparation instructions to a T, it still charred (and even…um…caught on fire a teeny bit…), but it did not at all ruin the salmon itself! It was my first time cooking with a plank, and the planks we have work great, but are disposable, so I have no idea if that is normal, or totally strange. Any thoughts?
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon
-Two 4-6oz salmon fillets
-1 cedar plank, prepared (please follow the directions for your specific plank!)
-1/4cu brown sugar
-1tbsp olive oil
-1/2tbsp dried Italian seasoning
-3/4tsp smoked paprika
-sprinkle of kosher salt
-Prepare plank according to plank package instructions
-Preheat a gas grill to medium
-Combine brown sugar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika and Kosher salt in a small bowl, then rub the mixture on the salmon (opposite skin-side)
-Place the prepared salmon onto the cedar plank, skin-side down
-Grill for about 10 minutes, or until salmon is cooked and flaky (you can Google cooking time instructions for various sizes of salmon – the amount and thick-ness I used called for about 10 minutes).
Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes
-4-5 red potatoes (depends on size, of course)
-1/4tsp garlic powder
-pinch of paprika
-1-2 grinds of seal salt and pepper
-1tsp olive oil
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-Cut each potato into wedges and let sit in a bowl of water (this can be done as early as overnight, or as late as 5-10 minutes before)
-Combine the dill, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil and then the seasoning mix
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, lightly spray with cooking spray, and spread the potatoes in one layer on top.
-Bake 30 minutes or until edges are a golden brown, tossing a few times during cooking.