Greg and I are always looking for healthy foods to incorporate within our lifestyle. When researching Omega 3’s and fish oil supplements, the research always take you back to Salmon and how good it is for you. I have a hard time with the dense texture of Salmon so finding the right recipe is always important for me. Because of that we like our Salmon well done and cook it to about 165 degrees. Plus I add more brown sugar to compensate for the dense Salmon. If you cook your Salmon to about 130 degrees you may want to use less dark brown sugar in this recipe. The better you can distribute the brown sugar the more it will caramelize. Through trial and error you will determine how much brown sugar you like. You may just want a very thin coating if you enjoy the Salmon flavor. By leaving it on the grill longer, provides more time to caramelize the brown sugar. I like to serve my cooked salmon on the cedar plank – just place the cedar plank on a plate. It is more fun to eat it that way. Also consider if you would like any type of a sauce – some people like it with a horseradish sauce. Personally, I believe the brown sugar and cracked black pepper is enough. Just make sure you plan ahead since the cedar planks should soak in water about an hour so they do not start on fire. Plus you want them to smoke a bit for more flavor.
I purchase the cedar planks and cracked pepper blend from Wegmans. If you cannot find a similar rub, the recipe from the cedar planks had a dry rub recipe that I listed below. You can find more information on their website. If you cannot find cedar planks in your area, they are available through Amazon. I pay about $2.00 plus tax per cedar plank and the Amazon price is fairly competitive. I adapted this fabulous recipe from Wegmans. See their website for more wonderful recipe ideas!
2 salmon portions, skinless
2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp Cracked Pepper Blend
Alternative for the Cracked Pepper Blend:
2 parts kosher or coarse salt
2 parts dark brown sugar
1 part black pepper
1 part garlic powder
1 part dried basil
Soak 2 small cedar planks for one to two hours in water.
Preheat grill on high.
Combine brown sugar and cracked pepper together in small bowl; mix well.
Place salmon on cedar plank; rub brown sugar mixture evenly over them.
Place plank with salmon on grill; close lid. Reduce heat to medium; cook salmon about 15 – 25 minutes or until desired doneness.