Using a plank to grill fish keeps it from sticking or falling through the grate and imparts a subtle smoky flavor to the salmon. You could also use mahi-mahi or Pacific halibut in this recipe.

John Ash
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Soak a grilling plank in water for 2 to 4 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, sake (or white wine), mirin, sugar, scallions and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

  • Place salmon in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Place lemon slices on top. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but no more than 2 hours, turning the fish once or twice.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Place the soaked plank over direct heat on the grill and heat for 2 minutes. Move the plank so it's over indirect heat (see Kitchen Tip, below). Remove the salmon from the marinade, place it skin-side down (if using fillets) on the hot plank and replace the lemon slices on top. Close the lid and cook until the fish is just cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Use the plank as the serving platter, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: The salmon can be marinated for up to 2 hours.

Equipment: Grilling plank (see Note)

Notes: Cedar (or other hardwood) grilling planks can be found in well-stocked supermarkets in the seafood department, near other grilling supplies, at hardware stores or from plankcooking.com. Make sure the plank is virgin, untreated wood and at least 1/4 inch thick, thicker if possible. The thicker the plank, the more expensive, but it will last longer.

Sake is a dry rice wine generally available where wines are sold. Junmai, a special designation for sake, denotes sake brewed from rice that has been milled less than other special-designation sakes. More pure than other sakes, junmai has no distilled alcohol added. It is characterized by a well-rounded, rich flavor and body and more acidity than most sakes.

Mirin is a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine essential in Japanese cooking. Look for it in your supermarket with the Asian ingredients.

Kitchen tip: To cook over indirect heat on a gas grill, turn one burner off and place the plank above it. For a charcoal grill, build two small piles of coals on either side of the grill. Place the plank in the center of the grill above the area without any coals beneath it.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; protein 32.1g 64% DV; carbohydrates 0.5g; exchange other carbs; dietary fiberg; sugars 0.5g; fat 10.3g 16% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 89.6mg 30% DV; vitamin a iu 55.5IU 1% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 36.6mcg 9% DV; calcium 19.1mg 2% DV; iron 1.3mg 7% DV; magnesium 46.9mg 17% DV; potassium 793.6mg 22% DV; sodium 92.9mg 4% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 35% DV.

Reviews (15)

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2019
My family loves this recipe! Found it years ago and still making it! I've never used the Mirin because I couldn't find it and it's still amazing every time! Guests love it as well! Thank you:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2018
Loved it will be a regular dish! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/05/2013
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Rating: 2 stars
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I loved this. Best if you are using fresh sockeye. Gayla Westmoreland NH Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was just okay for me. It had a decent flavor but nothing to write home about. Julie Huntington Beach CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I liked the basis for the receipe as the ingredients are good. Because I like spicy foods I changed the recipe slightly and pan seared the salmon. It came out wonderfully and really packed a sweet but spicy punch. Everyone loved it in my house! See my revised recipe below. I hope you like! Soy Chili Pepper Salmon Meals: Lunch Dinner Ingredients 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 1/2 cup white wine 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped green onions 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh ginger 1 lemon Non fat vegetable oil spray (for pan) 2 pounds wild salmon fillets 1/2-1 inch thick no skin Preparation Combine soy sauce white wine brown sugar green onions ginger and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Place salmon in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes but no more than 2 hours turning the fish once. Preheat pan on medum-high. Once pan is hot enough for drops of water to dance spray with vegetable spray. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place in pan. Sear both sides till salmon is firm. While searing brush the marinade over the salmon. Once salmon is almost finished cooking poor the remaing marinade in the pan. Cook for 1 minute. Turn off heat and pour the juice of the lemon over the fish in the pan.. Serve salmon with a si Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I think its tasty and delicious aside from the fact that its a healty food. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Wish the instructions included the proper way to clean the plank. Is the soap going to soak in? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
You don't wash the planks you use them only once Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
You CAN reuse a good quality grilling plank. Check out this website for more info. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-grilling-planks.htm This recipe sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it myself. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Can I use a piece of cedar left over from a decking project? It's a little thick but it doesn't have any paint or varnish on it or anything. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
My husband and I loved it. So Good. Read More