Fish Dish: Cedar Planked Salmon

I was excited to find that my local market has started stocking Full Circle all natural, wild caught, US fish in its freezer section.  I live on the Gulf Coast and can get fresh Gulf seafood but these are not indigenous fishcicles.  So I have decided to share this culinary voyage with you.  I won’t be providing recipes per se but instructions on how I fixed each Fish Dish.

Cedar planked salmon w/maple-bourbon glaze, steamed veggies w/brown rice.

The Finshed Product

Cooking on a cedar plank is an ancient Native American technique that transcends well to the modern world.  You can place the plank on an open fire, gas grill or as I did in a 350 oven.  Soaking the plank in water for a while is required; follow the directions on the plank you buy.

The glaze was insanely easy.  I stirred a tablespoon of Maker’s Mark Bourbon into two tablespoons Grade A maple syrup (not pancake syrup, the real stuff).  I seasoned the salmon with salt and pepper and placed it onto the plank and the plank into the oven for 1o minutes.  I then brushed the glaze on the salmon and back into the oven for 5 more minutes.  I simply steamed the veggies and pre-cooked brown rice until hot (the microwave does this well) and seasoned them with salt and pepper.  I poured the leftover glaze over everything.  The maple-bourbon glaze is addictive.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
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2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
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2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
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