In the Kitchen … Grilling Salmon

I like grilled salmon. Not only is salmon (and peas) a centuries old 4th of July tradition in New England, it’s good for you and great for a crowd. However, I have found a two or three pound filet difficult to maneuver on a hot grill. Several years ago I was delighted to find a fish basket in the hardware store. You can also find them on-line in different shapes and sizes.

To grill salmon using fish basket: Season the salmon, spray the basket with nonstick spray and place the fish in the basket. Fold the tail if fish is too long. Put the basket on a hot grill and cook the salmon, turning once, for 8-10 minutes.

Then again, maybe you’d like to grill you salmon on a cedar plank. You can get the plank at any lumber yard. Just make sure you buy untreated cedar and give it a good long soak.
To grill salmon on a cedar plank: Soak an untreated cedar plank in water for at least 2 hours, overnight is better. Use a clean stone or a couple of large cans to weigh it down.

Lay the salmon skin-side down on the cedar plank.

Setup the grill with the coals or gas flame on one side only. Preheat to medium-high. Place the salmon and cedar plank on the grill on the side without the fire. Cover the grill and cook until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your filet.

Check the plank occasionally. If the edges start to catch fire, mist with water or move the plank to a cooler part of the grill.

Bon appétit!

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