Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon
2 salmon fillets with skin on one side – 3/4 to 1 pound (about 1-1.5 inch thick)
chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
sea salt for finishing
2 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon pure Maple Syrup (or brown sugar)
2 tablespoon grainy or old fashioned mustard
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove)
1 teaspoon cornstarch (this will help glaze adhere to salmon)
Soak a plank in cold water for 10 minutes for a 1/4 inch plank (or 30-60 minutes for 1/2 inch plank). I use a thin plank and just toss it out when I'm done. Cedar planks are great for salmon as they provide a gentle smoky taste.
HEAT THE GRILL TO HIGH.
MAKE THE GLAZE: Place all glaze ingredients in a microwaveable bowl or measuring cup. Stir. Microwave for 1 minute on high. Glaze will be slightly thickened. Let cool for 5 minutes if using part as a marinade
GRILL PLANKED SALMON: Pat plank dry. Spray with oil. Place salmon on top of plank, skin side down. Brush salmon with 1/3 of glaze. Place plank on grate of barbecue, close cover and grill for 3 minutes for thinner plank (a little longer if using a thicker plank) until plank starts charring and smoking. Have a glass of water on hand in case of flare ups.
Brush 1/3 more glaze on top of salmon. Turn off burner/heat under the salmon (salmon should now be on indirect heat) and close lid. The other burner(s) should still be left on high or med-high heat with the temperature of the BBQ at about 425F-450F/218-232C.
Cook for another 7 minutes or until salmon just begins to turn opaque. Instant thermometer will show an internal core temperature of 130-135F/54.4-57C (temp will rise while resting). Salmon should be a warm pink in the thickest part. Drizzle with remaining glaze. Rest salmon for 5 minutes loosely covered with a foil.
SERVE: Slide a spatula between the skin and the salmon. The salmon will lift right off leaving the skin on the charred wood plank. Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with chopped parsley if desired and some good sea salt and/or lemon zest
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 25 min