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Copper River Salmon on a Plank

Every year when the Copper River Salmon appears in our local markets, we make a beeline there to get some. Their season is very short and, if you miss it, you must wait until next year.

This past week our local Albertsons even had them on sale - instead of the $19.99 regular price, they were $12.99! I know that still seems like a lot to pay, but for a once-a-year treat, it is definitely worth it!

We had never cooked anything on a plank before, so I thought it would be a good time to try. The market had some of those too. The planks needed to be soaked for at least an hour - I soaked them for about six hours.

Here are the planks - there were two in the package:

The salmon filets were just gorgeous! Such vibrant color!

I found a marinade recipe on FishEx.com that I used:

1/2 cup Cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 T Olive oil
1 Garlic clove, large, finely chopped
1/2 t Salt
2 T Lime juice

Actually, I only used half of the above ingredients because the recipe was for 4 salmon steaks, and I had only 2 fillets.

Here is the fish with the marinade on it, ready for planking:

By the way, this website had a ton of yummy-sounding fish recipes on it. Check this out.

The results were outstanding! Better than outstanding even. The wood flavor from the planks and the lime and cilantro marinade combined wonderfully. I fixed a quick batch of TJ's frozen brown rice, added some Cuisine Perel citrus-cilantro grapeseed oil and chopped cilantro, and we were ready to go.


We only ate one of the fillets, so there was an instant replay of the second fillet with pasta and the citrus-cilantro grapeseed oil the following night. Here that is:


Comments (5)

Nancy-Your salmon looks wonderful. I just used the planks for the first time a few months ago-they do impart a wonderful flavor to the fish. That's a great buy on the Copper River salmon-I'm not sure you can even get them that inexpensive here. I haven't had any fresh salmon yet this year-they haven't started running where we fish. My husband did bring home last night fresh halibut and shrimp.


You're making me hungry! Thanks for the fish recipe link and the lovely pictures.

It looks wonderful, Nancy. I love love(did I say love?) salmon.

Brad'll Do It:

With Palma not into salmon, one of the grill toys I really do not need is the plank. But feel free to ask me about my rib rack, or wish list "roaster" from Wms-Sonoma. Oh, yeah, I've got one of those "up-the-butt chicken" things, too, but haven't used it yet.


Nancy, that salmon looks wonderful. Will be trying that marinade too!

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