Prep4 hrs 30 mins
This is a traditional and very special way of cooking the omnipresent and excellent fresh salmon that you find in Canada or the Pacific Northwest in the USA! You just have to remember to soak your cedar plank or shingle for at least 3 - 4 hours prior to cooking. The soy and orange marinated salmon fillet takes on a wonderful smoky flavour when cooked this way, and marries so well with the slightly tart and Oriental flavours of the cranberry relish. Serve with garlic-roasted or steamed new potatoes, wild rice, asparagus and assorted hot or cold salads. Preparation time includes the time to soak the cedar planks. (Planks can be used several times if soaked well and used over indirect heat. After use, rinse the plank thoroughly with warm water. Use a scrubbing brush if needed!) This planked salmon can be grilled or broiled, cooked in a kettle BBQ or over a wood fire.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs whole salmon fillets, 3/4 to 1 1/4-inches thick
- 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
- 3⁄4 cup craisins (Sweetened Dried Cranberries)
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 untreated cedar plank, 12 x 18-inch, about 1-inch thick, soaked in water for 3-4 hours
- Soak the cedar plank or shingle in water 3 to 4 hours.
- Combine all relish ingredients in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is tender and mixture thickens. Cool.
- Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, orange juice, ground ginger and honey in shallow dish; add the salmon, skin side up. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Heat the grill/broiler to medium-high for indirect heat. Place the soaked plank on or under the grill for 3 to 4 minutes - or until the planks start to spit and crackle. Place the salmon skin side down on to the hot plank; place on or under the grill and grill for 20 to 30 minutes or until flesh is opaque and flakes easily with fork. Continually baste the salmon with the excess marinade as it cooks.
- Or, for those who are going to use a barbecue, light the barbecue and allow it to heat up for about 5 minutes; then place the soaked plank on the grill for 3 to 4 minutes - or until the planks start to spit and crackle. Put the salmon skin side down on to the hot plank and close the lid on the barbecue. You must monitor the cooking as the plank will buckle, crack, smolder and even catch on fire! Baste with excess marinade and cook as before.
- This style salmon can be served in several different ways. If the plank is smoldering, extinguish the smoldering parts of the plank. Using a large serving tray, place kale or rainbow chard leaves around the perimeter of the serving tray and place the plank in the middle of the tray with the leaves partially tucked under the edges of the plank. Serve with garlic roasted or steamed new potatoes, wild rice, steamed asparagus topped with bearnaise sauce and the cranberry relish of course!