Grilling salmon on a wooden plank gives it a wonderful smokey flavor; and, by soaking the planks in water beforehand, you can help keep the fish moist and tender while it cooks. Grilling planks can be found at specialty gourmet food stores or online and come in several varieties -- maple, cherry, hickory, etc. -- but we like cedar for this recipe. Grill salmon fillets with fresh lemon and dill, then serve with a tangy sauce made of yogurt, lemon, dill, and garlic. Enjoy!
Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce adapted from Chelan Rene Russ
- Cedar planks
- 2 (6-lb.) salmon fillets
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- Fresh lemon slices
- 1/4 cup minced fresh dill
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons dried dill weed
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
1. Soak cedar planks in salted water for 2 hours, then drain.
2. Place salmon, skin down, on a cedar plank, making sure there is at least an inch of cedar showing on all sides. Mix the butter and 1/2 lemon juice in a small bowl, and drizzle over the salmon. Season with salt & pepper. Layer fresh lemon slices on top. Sprinkle with fresh dill. Tent with foil.
3. Meanwhile combine yogurt, dill, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Set aside.
4. Grill until cooked through, around 20 to 30 minutes. The internal temperature should read 135 degrees F, and the salmon should flake easily with a fork.
5. Transfer the salmon and plank to a platter, spoon sauce over the top, and serve right off the plank.
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