Plank cooking elevates simple dishes from the simply delicious to the sublime.
It is by definition cooking your food on a cedar plank.
You can buy the plank at a high end store like Williams Sonoma (4 planks for under $20) or from a good lumbar store and having them cut “untreated” cedar wood into pieces that will fit on the grate of your grill or your oven.
My son, The Chef, feels that you can attain similar results on the grill by tossing a few cedar wood chips into your coals while cooking.
I have found that apple or cedar burning in the coals will impart a woody flavor to meat or fish whereas plank cooking is much more subtle.
The cooking method is very simple.
You soak the plank in water for 2 hours or over nite.
Season your fish, meat, poultry or vegetables and lay them on the plank.
Put the plank on your grill or in your oven and cook as you normally would.
In the grill the plank will blacken on the edges and you will need to discard it after 1-2 uses.
Using it in the oven affords it a longer life.
I love using the plank with this salmon recipe.
It was inspired by a wordpress blog that has since dissapeared.
2 gals who posted recipes with music?
I have changed the recipe up quite a bit but want to give them some cred.
Salmon/Mango on the plank:
1 – Cedar Plank
1 – Salmon Filet 2-4 pounds
1 – mango peeled and cut into thin slices
1 – thinly sliced orange
1/4 – cup butter
1/4 – cup honey
1/8 – cup brown sugar
2 – tablespoons lemon juice
2 – teaspoons ginger
2 – teaspoons siracha or chili paste
Put the plank into a baking pan.
Lay orange slices all over the cedar plank.
Lay the Salmon on the orange slices.
Put this aside.
IN A SMALL SAUCE PAN:
Warm up the butter, honey, brown sugar and spices until well mixed.
Spoon half of mixture over the salmon.
Layer the mango all over the salmon.
Spoon the rest of the sugar/spice mixture over the salmon.
Bake on 350 F for 10 minutes per inch of fish or until thickest part of fish flakes easily.
Turn oven up to broil for last 2-4 minutes to brown edges and carmelize mangos.
Enjoy this yummy dish.