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Canadian Cedar Planked Salmon

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“My son prepared this wonderful dish for us and it was my first time to taste this method of griiling; what flavour! Planked salmon is a method of cooking salmon that has been used for many years. The salmon is slow cooked, which produces a rich, smoky flavor. Use only untreated cedar; look for planks at the fish counter at your supermarket or ask your fishmonger.”

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  1. Submerge untreated cedar plank in water. Soak approximately 12 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Place prepared plank on the grill, and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  3. Cover grill and heat plank 2 to 3 minutes, until dry. Adjust grill temperature for medium Low heat.
  4. Rub salmon filets with maple syrup. Arrange on the plank.
  5. Top salmon with red onion,tarragon and black peppercorns.
  6. Barbecue with lid closed until a knife tip inserted in centre of fish comes out warm, 20 to 30 minutes depending on thickness of filet.
  7. Check fish occasionally during cooking.
  8. If plank ignites, spray with water.
  9. Remove salmon from plank to dinner plates or a platter.
  10. For an extra boost to the flavour soak add a bottle of beer to your water the last 2 hours of soaking.

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