Now that the humidity has abated somewhat, it is wonderful to enjoy a meal on the veranda. Grilling fish is a yummy way to celebrate the beginning of autumn, with its cooler evenings. I’ve had fish grilled on cedar planks in restaurants and liked it, so when I got these planks as a gift, I decided to try this at home. I like salmon, and DH likes ahi tuna, so those were the first experiment.
There are lots of different kinds of Cedar Grilling Planks available in multiple sizes of packs. These are the ones we used. They are single use planks.
The package says to soak them for at least one hour. I figured more was better so I soaked them several hours, weighed down with a little ceramic dish to keep them underwater.
Place the planks on the grill for 5 minutes to heat up the bottom. Then turn the planks over and place the fish on top.
These took about 25 minutes to fully cook. There wasn’t a lot of smoke, and the planks didn’t burn.
Although the fish looked great, and was cooked well, the cedar flavor wasn’t there.
I thought it might be that I soaked the planks too long. After all, you want some smoke to flavor the fish.
Another night we tried this again, this time I only soaked the planks for barely one hour. You can see the planks are showing signs of fire damage and there was more smoke.
This time, what a difference! The cedar flavor was delicate, but discernible, and added a wonderful dimension of taste to the fish.
DH liked his better this time too. His cod filet really took up the smoky flavor well. My Grilled Vegetables would go well with the fish too. And here is a Quick Sewing Project idea for those who like to use their cast iron pans on the grill for beans or corn.
Have you ever tried cooking with cedar planks?
Cedar Grilling Planks on Amazon.