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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cedar Plank Grilled Pesto Wild Alaskan Salmon

This Pesto Salmon will not only taste great but will impress as well!

You will need to get some Cedar Planks. They can be found at cooking stores, Costco, Home Depot and Lowe's. If you cannot find some go to the local home improvement store and have some cut into about a foot and half long pieces. That is actually the least expensive way to buy them.

Soak the board in water for a few hours prior to grilling.


  • Wild Alaskan Salmon (one fillet per person) skin on
  • Pesto
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh Lemon
Preheat your grill.

Rinse and pat dry the Alaskan Salmon. Season with salt and pepper.

Add about two tablespoons of Pesto and spread all over the top of the fillet.

You are now ready to have some smokey fun ;)

Place your cedar plank on the heated grill reduce to medium heat. Close the lid. when you hear the wood start making that snap crackle and pop sound your ready to add the Salmon.

Place the Salmon on the board carefully skin side down of course (no need to oil the board).

Close the lid and cook for 15 minutes.

The wood may catch fire and turn black but the fish will not. Don't be shocked. If you have soaked the board you are fine. I have even soaked the board in less time (being in a hurry) and I have had the fish turn out perfect.

When the fish is flaky but not dry your done.

Remove the board with mitts (hot).

Take a metal spatula and remove the Salmon from the board leaving the skin stuck to the wood! Work the starting point a bit and you will be able to feel when you are between the skin and the flesh of the fish.

You will have a wonderful pesto smoke flavored piece of fish that everyone will love.

Squeeze some lemon on top and serve!


1 comment:

  1. Very fresh and tasty recipe. With this sauce must be great. Besitos!

    (Receta muy fresca y sabrosa. Con esa salsita debe de estar estupenda.



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