We had a great Fourth of July this year. Just my husband and me, Picky Eater had to work. Since she doesn’t like salmon, what a great time to fire up the grill for Maple Mustard Cedar-Planked Salmon. We’ve been eating more salmon this year and this was the first time on the grill. I forgot how much I like it this way. And it is super easy.
So you need a cedar plank. You can find them all over this time of year, I got mine at the grocery store. You need to soak it in water for a couple hours so it doesn’t catch on fire. It tends to float in the water so I weigh it down with a glass of water.
I make a simple sauce to brush on the salmon just before cooking with maple syrup, coarse Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. That’s it. Simple and delicious with the smoky cedar. I used skinless fillets but it really doesn’t matter. I kind of think the fragrant cedar penetrates the skinless better though. I’ve also made it with a whole piece of salmon when entertaining, beautiful.
Happy belated Fourth.
Sweet and tangy salmon on the grill with a hint of smoky cedar.
- 3 tablespoons coarse ground Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, the real stuff
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 4 salmon fillets, about 2 pounds, or 1 piece
- 1 soaked cedar grilling plank
Soak plank in water for 1-2 hours.
In small bowl, whisk mustard, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare grill to temperature of 350º.
Wipe plank dry and place on hot grill and close lid.
Heat plank for 3 minutes on one side and then flip and heat another 3 minutes until plank begins to smoke and crackle.
Using tongs, take plank off grill and onto a sheet pan. Arrange salmon on plank and brush it all over with maple mustard sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Return plank with salmon to the grill with tongs. Close lid and grill until just done, about 10 minutes (about 20 minutes if using a whole piece).
Remove plank and salmon from grill and tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy.
- Good idea to have a spray bottle on hand in case of flare-ups.
- The salmon can marinate in the maple mustard sauce while preparing the grill and cedar plank for about 20-30 minutes and then put on the plank to grill.