Cedar imparts a wonderful distinct smoky flavor and is a simple and easy way to impress your family
Cedar imparts a wonderful distinct smoky flavor and is a simple and easy way to impress your family and friends. You can buy it at BBQ stores or Wholefoods (expensive), but the best place is at your local lumberyard. Buy “Untreated” Cedar. Immerse an untreated piece of cedar (I used an eight-inch piece of 1-by-5) in a container of water for at least six hours. Overnight is better. Weigh it down with a jar or can. Prepare your grill. Have a spray bottle of water nearby to put out any flames on the cedar, which is less likely to occur if cedar is soaked overnight. Mix parsley, sun-dried tomatoes and vinaigrette together. Rub salmon with salt and pepper. Coat the top of the salmon with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Place cedar plank on grill to “toast” the wood (3 - 4 minutes). When toasted, flip over and place salmon on toasted plank. Keep over indirect heat and lower lid on grill. No lid? Place a tent of aluminum foil over the fish. Cook until fish begins to flake. Remove from grill. No grill? Bake the fish on the plank in the oven at 350°F until fish flakes, about 7-10 minutes. Cook the vegetables along with the fish.