Cedar Plank Salmon

Grilling season may be coming to a close for most people, but it never comes to a close for us!  So if you are looking for a last hurrah for grilling, this cedar-plank salmon recipe from Real Simple is one option!

As you can see in the picture below, there is a LOT of topping on it.  I used far less salmon than the recipe called for, so I did my best to cut down the marinade/rub accordingly, but clearly I did not do a good enough job.  I wanted to get the most out of my rub, therefore I just slathered it on. 

IT WAS SO SWEET.  I cut down the brown sugar considerably, but there is just not enough of the other ingredients to counteract the sweetness.  My husband enjoyed it, but I had to scrape most of the rub off of my piece in the end – once I did that, it was more of a nice hint of sweet and spice.

Another side note – the original recipe’s picture shows what looks like a completely different rub – I actually had to add more liquid in order to make it not a huge clump of brown sugar – yet theirs is far more sugar and less liquid than I used, and looks so much nicer.  Who knows…

Because of this, I am going to post the recipe as it was on the original page, and you can adjust it for your own amount of fish.

Let me know what you think!

Cedar-Plank Salmon

serves 4

-1 2-pound salmon fillet, skin on
-1 cedar plank, soaked according to package instruction
-1/2cu brown sugar
-2tbsp canola oil
-1tbsp dried thyme leaves
-1tsp cayenne pepper

-Soak the plank according to package instructions (my planks require 2 hours).
-Preheat the grill to medium.
-Place the salmon skin-side down on the cedar plank.
-Combine the brown sugar, oil, thyme, and cayenne in a bowl. Spread over the salmon.
-Place the planked salmon on the grilling grate and cook, with grill covered, about 40 minutes or just until the surface fat begins to turn white (be sure to adjust this for how much salmon you are using, and how thick it is!)


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