Cedar-planked salmon with bourbon and other good stuff

If only walking the plank could mean this

Really good Alaskan salmon went on sale at Fresh Market and this idea struck us. Next time I will buy more and smoke the rest.

Marinade (for two good sized filets, see above)

  • 1/2 cup of bourbon
  • 1/2 cup marmalade
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • juice from half an orange
  • orange slices from the other half
  • splash peach schnapps (optional)

Sprinkle pink side of fillets with a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk marinade ingredients together and pour over fish. (Even the orange slices.) Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Meanwhile take a cedar board and soak in water. Light grill. When coals are hot, place fish on cedar plank and place plank on grate over fire. Arrange coals for indirect cooking. That means put them around the outside of the wood plank, not under. Cover and cook until fish is done about 12-15 minutes.

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59 Responses to Cedar-planked salmon with bourbon and other good stuff

  1. OMG!!! This sounds so simple but sooo amazing! I’ve been craving salmon for the past couple of days. If only we had a hot coal barbecue… but I guess it will work with gas too! Thanks for the inspiration. Blood oranges currently in season here – yum!

  2. rutheh says:

    Alaskan salmon on sale? Those are some giant filets! I haven’t planked anything but like the look of yours.

  3. Kristy says:

    Perfect! We’ve been on a salmon and cedar plank kick lately. I love the marinade in this recipe. And look at those fillets – beee-u-ti-ful!

  4. weirdcombos says:

    omg that would be on the too sweet side of savory for me any salt there? lol

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Wow! As if those salmon fillets weren’t enough, you add that bourbon marinade and take the dish to another level completely. Well done!

  6. Wow.. I am totally drooling right now.. no lie lol. I absolutely love grilled cedar planked salmon. I am totally hungry.. and I can’t stop looking at that piece of salmon. You have completely outdone yourself with this post.. I am officially speechless so I am going to stop talking now lol

  7. Planked salmon! Great!

  8. That is fantastic. Strangely enough, as Autumn arrives, I’m starting to use the BBQ more than in summer. Lovely idea.

  9. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow that sounds so delicious! Just the method on how this is prepared simply amazes me.

  10. Perfect! Love this! Perfect! Oh did I say perfect already.
    Have a happy day. :-) Mandy

  11. Amazing – have never seen anything cooked this way before. Now I want a cedar plank!

  12. Sissi says:

    Please don’t torture me!!! I have no grill :-( However, I’ll remember the marmalade tip!
    This salmon looks particularly lean and delicious (I hate fat, force-fed salmon I usually find at my fishmonger’s, I definitely prefer force-fed duck liver ;-) )

  13. Lea Ann says:

    I have a feeling that as a result of your trip to Kentucky, I’m going to find myself at the liquor store buying bourbon.

  14. Oh yes, I’d walk that plank! Your salmon looks incredible – I love a sweet, fruity glaze on salmon! Heck, I love a sweet, fruity glaze on anything…
    Nancy

  15. You know the rules for cooking great fish?
    1) Buy good fish
    2) Don’t mess it up
    Looks like you knew that already!

  16. We love grilling this time of the year when the weather here is perfect for being outside. This looks wonderful.

  17. Carol Ann says:

    Oh yes I am definately going to make this one!
    Thank you Gregg!

  18. Chef Scar says:

    Yum. I like the combination of sweet and citrus and definitely the peach schnapps! Will have to try it as an alternative to my ‘Cedar Plank-Grilled Glazed Wild Salmon’. Cooking with bourbon, cognac, pastis and calvados always adds an extra dimension to any dish.

  19. doesn’t bourbon make everything taste better? Love using salmon on a plank. you get all that aroma and pure goodness from the wood. This piece of fish looks like a winner and can’t wait to try it. We are seafood lovers in this house

  20. Amy says:

    I wish I had a cedar plank! And a grill! :) This sounds awesome.

  21. sallybr says:

    Naive question here – are the planks re-usable? Or do they get too nasty after a single use?

    I ‘ve seen those for sale, and got a little tempted, but hubby is the official salmon griller in the house

    Nice recipe!

  22. egg me on says:

    Great marinade. I love anything cooked on a plank!

  23. Judy says:

    A bit of butter on top and I’m set — Sounds absolutely delicious!

  24. Karen says:

    I think that when cooking salmon on the grill, this is definitely the way to do it. No problems with sticking or breaking. The marinade really will make it special.

  25. spicegirlfla says:

    Oooh, I had a feeling cooking with bourbon recipes would be popping up soon! Beautiful salmon, it’s my favorite healthy fish. Love that you used the planks!

  26. nrhatch says:

    Grilled salmon is a delish fish.

    BTW: September is ‘Hug a Texas Chef’ month on the food calendar. Consider yourself hugged.
    http://theonlycin.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/weighty-wednesday/

  27. Caroline says:

    I just watched an episode of “Chopped” and they were allowed to cook the salmon on a cedar-plank if they wanted. Pretty much everyone that used the plank failed. Yours looks 100x better! Such a cool cooking technique.

  28. Eva Taylor says:

    What an excellent way to use the bourbon you must have brought back with you! I love salmon and we grill/smoke it regularly on our natural gas grill (we also turn off one of the elements). We add our Smoke Daddy smoker and it comes out amazing. I will try your orange bourbon marinade next time. http://www.smokedaddyinc.com/

  29. What do you do after hitting up the bourbon trail…drink it, cook with it, and consequently eat it. Fantastic recipe. What’s next?

  30. We’ve been trying to eat more salmon… This recipe looks fantastic! Maybe I’ll have the courage to try it!

  31. Kelly says:

    My sister-in-law treated us to cedar planked salmon this summer and we absolutely loved it (and, to our delight, so did the kids) – your marinade sounds delicious – orange is a favourite.

  32. Wild salmon is fantastic. And this looks wonderful, like holding on to that last bit of summer.

  33. ceciliag says:

    I have heard of this but never done it. I guess i can just use a piece of cedar.. this is a good one greg, i will make this, the marinade sounds lovely!

  34. ....RaeDi says:

    Beautiful, I can taste it! We grilled one on the plank the other night, my camera is in for it’s yearly, so no pictures… but your pictures will do, they are beautiful… you captured it perfectly! ….RaeDi

  35. Love salmon prepared this way! Yum!

  36. JamieAnne says:

    This looks amazing! Well done!

  37. Charles says:

    Looks like my kind of food, although my wife would hate it. I made her orange glazed chicken once and she absolutely hated it (just because of the orange :’( ) Beautiful looking salmon… too bad I don’t have such a grill/bbq :(

  38. Oh my, I could use one of those now, but I suppose it’s only 8:00 am here so that’s not quite appropriate. The cedar planked salmon looks grilled to perfection and the marinade with the peach schnapps sounds crazy delicious. I do a similar recipe with soy sauce and marmalade for my salmon which also incorporates the orange. I like your switch from soy to bourbon and schnapps. Very much so.

  39. TasteFood says:

    Now that’s a marinade. Schnapps et al.

  40. Joanne says:

    Anything with bourbon is fine by me! I need to find myself some cedar plank. Where do you buy that sort of thing?

  41. Lisa says:

    I have been on a salmon kick lately and this looks delish! Thanks for once again providing wonderful ideas!

  42. Yum the citrus and bourbon sound great and then to wash it down with your lemonade! Oh, then for dessert, Linda’s recie the figs soaked in brandy or Caroline’s recipe with fig and mascarpone cheese and I’m good to go for dinner!

  43. If walking the plank meant this..food network would be full of pirates

  44. bagnidilucca says:

    We ate salmon cooked on wood in Helsinki at a restaurant that sepcialised in Lapp food. It was very good.

  45. There is not time enough in the day to keep up with delicious-looking recipes you guys put out. Pete and I had a case of smoked salmon shipped to us when we were in Alaska last week. It was awesome! I could live off it, I think.

  46. spiderpaw says:

    Thanks for this great recipe.

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