June 21, 2010

Cedar Roasted Salmon

Cedar adds a really great smoked flavor to the salmon.  This couldn't be easier to prepare and the taste is rich and different from standard grilled food.  For this I used a beautiful wild caught Sockeye salmon with no added coloring.  When I saw the fish glistening from behind the fish counter I knew what I was serving for dinner.

Salmon, any type that you would put on the grill will work fine
cedar plank to fit salmon soaked for at least 2 hours

1 small container plain yogurt - non fat is fine
3 cloves finely minced garlic
5 full sprigs of dill finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
Zest of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl.
In a glass dish coat the salmon with a thick layer of the marinade and let sit in the refrigerator for as little as 30 minutes - longer is better
fire up grill
place salmon on plank and onto grill
cover and let cook for 5-10 minutes depending on how hot the grill is
I like to buy high quality salmon and cook until just pink in the middle

I love to use the natural wood charcoal.  It tastes so much better.  I also NEVER use lighter fluid!! Try to find kindling or fat wood to start the grill.  It leaves no taste and is much better for you...