Wednesday, June 24

A Product Review and Give-Away for Cedar Grilling Planks

cedar planked salmon

It's almost the 4th of July, and Americans are gearing up for cookouts. According to the National Retail Federation, 62.6% of Americans will host or attend a cookout, barbecue or picnic this year.

Everyone knows that any decent 4th of July cookout will have hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, and watermelon. But if you want to add some panache to your cookout, then consider buying a cedar grilling plank.

Recently I was asked to do a product review for Fire and Flavor's cedar grilling plank. I was quite pleased with it. According to the company, the plank is made from all natural western red cedar and contains no additional flavorings. It was easy to use: I soaked the plank in water for the recommended 1 hour. (Don't skimp on the time, or the wood could burn too much when grilling.) I placed the salmon on the plank and set it directly on the heated grill racks. It cooked in about 15 minutes.

I really loved the fragrance of the wood while it was cooking. It had a sweet, woodsy aroma that definitely whetted the appetite, as was evidenced by the people near the grill asking, "Mmm... what's that wonderful smell?"

The salmon cooked evenly and maintained its shape perfectly. As for the taste, well, it was lovely. I can't say that it had a particularly woodsy flavor; it was more subtle. When I made beef on the plank, however, I detected a more discernible smoky flavor that was delicious. The meat was succulent and not overly charred as it tends to get when grilling.

cedar planked salmon outside

The plank can be washed in warm, soapy water, air-dried, and reused 1-2 more times, if not overly charred. The plank comes with clear, easy instructions and several great recipes.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product.

Now for the best part! Fire and Flavor is offering a lucky Food Blogga reader a chance to win a Fire & Flavor "kit," with goodies such as a cookbook, cedar grilling planks, and cedar papers. Click here for details, and leave your comment below by the end of the day, Sunday, June 28, 2009!

Orange and Ginger Glazed Planked Salmon
Makes 2 servings
Print recipe only here.

2 (4-6 oz) salmon filets
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon orange zest, plus extra for garnish
salt and several cranks freshly ground black pepper
1 scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish

1. In a small bowl whisk all ingredients from Dijon through black pepper. Using a pastry brush, coat salmon filets with the sauce.

2. Preheat grill to medium low (350-400 degrees F), and set soaked plank on grill rack. Close lid, and heat for 3 minutes. Flip flank over, and place salmon on top.

3. Close lid. Cook for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon turns pink and the flesh is opaque in the middle.

4. Remove plank from grill. Sprinkle salmon with sliced scallions and serve immediately.


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67 comments:

rookie cookie said...

I want these babies for my maple glazed cedar planked salmon.
whitney_leigh_ingram@yahoo.com

Parita said...

Orange and ginger sounds to be a nice combination, looks grt!

Katie said...

I'm dying to try a cedar grill plank, and almost bought one the other day. I'm glad to hear that they're worth using. Oh, and your salmon looks beautiful!

Beth said...

We've been really interested in trying out cedar planks this summer..and that salmon recipe sounds like a great place to start! And grilling at night after work is just so quick & easy..I can whip up some quick sides while my fiance works the grill :o)

cooknkate said...

This is my favorite method for cooking fish, by far and especially salmon. I soak the planks for a long time to make them last longer- like 3 hours if I can remember to start it early enough. I also have some hickory planks that are nice for pork.

The giveaway sounds right up my alley! Count me in!

Evie said...

I would love to try a cedar grill plank. Oh the salmon I could cook!

KristinaYellow said...

I'd love to try using a plank--we've cooked using wood chips before but I would think that actually cooking on the plank would make the flavor even better! I'm thinking some kabobs--chicken, shrimp, beef, etc. YUM!!

t.tex said...

Grilling alot of fish nowadays & we need to try some new methods. Thanks forr the heads up...

Lynda said...

I'd love a cedar plank so I can try your delicious looking salmon!Yum!

Deborah said...

I've always wanted to try cedar grilling planks! Your fish looks wonderful.

Kelly said...

I have a recipe that calls for cedar planks, so I'm intrigued, and in on the contest!

Paula Pereira said...

That sounds delicious, I hope I can win this!

Lynn (The Actors Diet) said...

Mmmm...I love salmon on cedar planks! But seeing as my hubby's a vegetarian, I doubt I will ever make it. Do you think tofu would work on it?

Abigail said...

i would love a cedar grilling plank so i can impress my family and boyfriend with superior grilling skills! and maybe conquer my fear of the grill...

Janelle said...

Oh, my husband would LOVE the grilling planks!!

Mrs. L said...

I bought some really inexpensive cedar planks and they are still sitting in a bag...I've been afraid to use them because they look like they would go up in flames even if they were soaked in water for hours!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Lynn-I don't see why tofu wouldn't work, though I haven't tried it.

Joshua - ChaosOfAPen@hotmail.com said...

Currently, I am a Culinary student, and I am working toward my bachelor's degree in Food and Beverage Management.

I love to try new foods, whether the item is completely foreign to me or it's just prepared in a new way. However, money has been tight lately, I no longer have the funds to go out and buy new culinary equipment whenever I want to. I very rarely get to treat myself to something such as this.

Cooking is my passion. I would love to win these planks in order to gain more experience and learn different techniques. I share the enjoyment I find in cooking with my friends and family, and preparing a meal is always the best way!

Thank you,
Joshua. (Chaosofapen@hotmail.com)

Karen said...

Great giveaway, Susan! We use cedar planks all the time but I hadn't heard of the cedar paper. I Googled it and will have to try them as I've wrapped trout in butcher paper to grill... I bet it'd be great with the cedar papers. Don't enter me in the giveaway - we have a *stack* of cedar planks, but I'm glad to learn about the paper.

Jaya said...

I've never tried grilling with planks--we just got our first grill and so far, I've been afraid to be more daring than burgers and grilled peppers. Hopefully smoky wood plank flavor will force me to become more adventurous!!
My e-mail address is jakannan AT vt DOT edu. Thanks for holding this giveaway!

Sean said...

Great color on the salmons! I've never personally grilled with planks before but the flavor it imparts is extraordinary!

lisaiscooking said...

Your salmon looks great! I've never used cedar planks but have wanted to try them since forever.

ikes said...

i've always wanted to try grilling on a plank, but have never gottten around to it. this would be great!

Linda said...

We have been grilling fiends with our friends and neighbors this summer and would love to have a cedar plank to add to our community grilling. Great food and great company, what more can you ask for?

Patsyk said...

I've wanted to try grilling with cedar planks for such a long time! What a great way to prepare salmon and beef!

Anonymous said...

I just had my first experience grilling salmon on a plank, with a mango/ginger prepared sauce that someone had given me. It was so so so delicious! It is my new favorite way to cook salmon. I would like to give cedar planks to a family member to share this discovery! Thanks for the recipe, we'll give it a try!

Jenny, refinnej100@hotmail.com

Bellini Valli said...

When I walk in the woods close to my home I love the scent of the cedar forest. Cedar also reminds me of my moms cedar chest. I have never had the oppoertunity to cook with a cedar plank so would enjoy the chance:D

Kara said...

I've always wanted to try grilling some fish (or beef, for that matter) on one of the grilling planks... seems like this would be the perfect excuse!

Navita said...

Grilling with cedar is new to me...I have only used charcoal to give smoky flavours to my dishes as n when required....looking at that gorgeous salmon....I sure need to get my hands on a plank soon, Susan!:)

Brooke said...

The smell of cedar smoked fish- Is there anything better? I have had that at friends houses, but never dared to try it at home. I love that their boards are reusuable too!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

That salmon looks fresh & delicious Susan...can just imagine how beautifully flavoured it must have been. The cedar planks are too cool too. I smoke my stuff with a piece of red hot charcoal, but this seems different!

Megan said...

That is a beautiful piece of salmon. Love the orange ginger combo. I'll have to give this recipe a try!

malleycc said...

I am not sure it took my message it told me my cookies were disabled so I will try again. Yumm those salmon look wonderful.

Rachel said...

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Kelly said...

Great recipe! I stumbled it... I would like to try this particular recipe on the cedar planks. I don't cook fish very often, and I need the practice!

Annemarie said...

Reading through the comments - who knew salmon on a plank was such a phenomenon! Really like the sound of your fish as well as the plank, even if it's only for the gorgeous smell it's sure to give off. A bit of aromatherapy with your food.

Manggy said...

I would love to try this sometimes-- does the beef still develop that flavorful crust, even with the wet wood on it?

Jura said...

I really want to try the cedar plank. The salmon recipe you posted looks delicious. Thanks for a great post. jura

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Grilling on planks is such a great way to cook seafood - it stays moist and the flavor can't be beat. My planks are ready to be tossed, so I'd be excited to win these.

debra said...

this sounds absolutely lovely. Salmon cooked on a grill is one of my favorite things.

chefectomy said...

Very nice Susan, I love Cedar planked salmon. Try doing rack of lamb on the plank - It's really excellent. Your preparation looks devine.

--Marc

Amy said...

Cedar plank salmon, sign me up.

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Katrina said...

I would like to receive this grilling kit so maybe my husband will like salmon!

Christie Stump said...

That salmon looks amazing! I've recently gotten my husband into trying more fish...I know he'd enjoy it even more if he got to be the one to grill it on one of those fabulous planks!

Lin said...

I've just purchased my first grill. It would be wonderful to try grilling on a cedar plank, especially since I live in Seattle, where salmon is adored.

Anonymous said...

This recipe is making my mouth water! I would love to try the cedar planks out for a weekend bbq I'm having this summer in Chicago. Taking advantage of the warm weather in this fantastic city with a delicous entre sounds wonderful! meganlynnburgess@gmail.com

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmmm I love fish cooked on cedar planks. Seriously no better way and it just seems so rustic and fun!! Yours looks delicious!

Sues

Ryder said...

Ive never planked salmon, but a fiend with a fisherman brother in law just gave us a huge slab of salmon! I'd love to try it out this way

Kitchenphobe said...

My boyfriend absolutely LOVES grilling, and I know that he would have a fantastic time using a cedar plank. Having mentioned this possibility to him, he says that he is "obsessed with cooking and learning how to make new and exciting dishes, and a cedar plank would broaden my amateur repertoire".

Toni said...

I had cedar plank cooked salmon in a restaurant before but never tried it at home. I love the idea of trying it with beef because getting too much char on your beef isn't too good for a body.

Kristen (ShatteredSlippers@hotmail.com) said...

My boyfriend's Birthday is right around the corner, and he would be so excited to receive these planks as a gift! Ever since my dad show him how to use the grill, he has absolutely -loved- grilling! We've barely used the stove, lol. We are very big fish eaters, since we don't eat beef, so he will definitely be giving this recipe a try! It looks amazing!

Thank you,
Kristen (ShatteredSlippers@hotmail.com)

The Mama - aka Heather said...

My father is a commercial fisherman and I was raised on salmon. I've been wanting to try a cedar plank for YEARS. And I'd love to introduce my fishing family to something new. We've been just barbecuing or broiling it forever.

Dandelion said...

Although I'm not a bbq master myself, my Dad is the grill king. His birthday is coming up, and I would love to get him this cedar plank. I know it would sizzle up some tasty new creations.

Arfi Binsted said...

4th of July is my birthday and I already know what I am going to get: fireworks in all America land hehehehe... I just love grill but never make grilled fish before. Would love to try out!

Melissa said...

Um...I want to win so I can give this recipe a whirl, natch!

Dragon said...

I love cedar planks for cooking salmon. Great recipe!

The Leftoverist said...

I have never tried this--why?! Maybe the universe is about to give me a chance :)

Lea said...

I always thought the cedar plank was a product of hype but your review has me reconsidering. I am eager to try it especially since I don't enjoy fish so I would use it on chicken or something similar instead.

Thanks!

Lori Lynn said...

I am a fan of cedar plank cooking, the aromas are awesome. And your recipe sounds great Susan! No need to enter my name in the giveaway, let someone who doesn't have one win!
LL

Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write said...

That salmond looks amazing! I see you live in San Diego as well. Beautiful today. Have a great one!

Anonymous said...

Here in Oregon have lots of salmon. I'd love it try it on a cedar plank!

Linda

Abby said...

Brad and I FINALLY bought propane for our first gas grill. That we've had for two years and never used. I know. The horror.

lisamichele said...

Oh, wow, that cedar plank salmon looks so decadent, Susan. Mine never come out that lovely! I was just reclling the other night that you were one of my first challenge comments, in my second SHF challenge for berries, and you did a wonderful job, hosting. If you recall, I melted all over the place! lol

Kia said...

I always wanted to try the wood planks on my grill, thank you for the useful information!

Chez US said...

This looks GREAT. I have wanted to try these planks ... now I will have too!

Dianne said...

I want to cook more fish this summer and those cedar planks would be a nice place to start!

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