Bottom line, a plank needs to be covered when cooked on a grill, it’s the only way to get heat on the top side. Here is a technique that will allow you to cook a plank on an open fire and still get adequate heat on your ingredients.
Total Time: 15 minutes
- Cedar Grilling plank
- 2 5- 8 oz salmon portions
- Seasoning blend of your choice (this recipe is about technique)
You will need a heavy cast iron skillet and a thick pair of gloves to handle it.
- Soak the plank in hot water for at least 15 minutes and get a fire going, wait for the coals to develop and flames to die down.
- Place the skillet over the fire and let it heat up for 15 minutes or so, it needs to be extremely hot.
- Season the salmon generously and place on the plank.
- Set the plank on a grill grate and very carefully place the skillet upside down over the salmon to completely cover the plank.
- The residual heat from the pan will sear the top of the salmon while the plank infuses the fish with cedar. This will only take 6 – 10 minutes to cook, remove the skillet before taking the plank off the grate.
*Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.