Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

From My Happy Little Life

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves 6


2 (12 inch) untreated cedar planks
¼ cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
¾ cup honey
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder
5 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless salmon fillets
1 pinch of salt and pepper, to taste


Soak the cedar planks in warm water for 1 to 2 hours. Bring the pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the sugar, 1 tsp black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. (It took me MUCH longer) Set the sauce aside. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. They are ready to cook on when they start to smoke and crackle just a little. Season the salmon with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Place the fillets onto the smoking cedar planks, close the lid of the grill, and cook for 10 minutes. Spoon a small amount of the sauce over the salmon fillets, and continue cooking until the fish turns opaque in the center, about 5 minutes more. Serve with the remaining sauce.

****If you don’t want to grill you can opt out of the cedar planks and broil your salmon and add the sauce half way through the cooking.****

Menu Ideas:
sauteed vegetables in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, topped with Parmesan cheese.
green salad

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