|Salmon, grilled on a cedar plank = delicious|
Michael and I are house sitting this week. The home is beautiful – great design, layout and views of the Puget Sound. However, one of the best features may just be the barbeque. Since our place doesn’t have this amenity, I secretly lust over those who have one. So, you can imagine how super excited I was to see that dinner could be grilled!
We settled on barbequing salmon that my brother had caught (and generously shared with us) this summer. I decided to simply coat the fish in olive oil, salt and pepper and cook it on a cedar plank on the grill. If you’ve never grilled with a cedar plank you should – it really brings out a great flavor in the food.
To use a cedar plank you’re supposed to soak the wood in water for more than 20-minutes, put it on the grill and to warm up and then add the food. All was going to plan until I spaced and forgot the cedar plank was on the grill. Well, when I finally got my brain back I went out to check the grill and found the cedar plank completely on fire! I freaked, managed to get the fire out (we were using a gas grill so extra freak out moments) and then regrouped to cook up the fish.
So – tip for for who do choose to use cedar planks: don’t leave the wood on the grill for too long and at too high of a temperature! And, a long soak in water is a good thing to avoid any potential fires!
All in all, the fish was delicious and I learned a good lesson when grilling on cedar planks! Bonus – we didn’t burn down the house either!