Plank-Grilled Sweet Soy Salmon

Plank-Grilled Sweet Soy Salmon

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup sake, or dry white wine (see Note)
  • ¼ cup mirin, (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped scallions
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 5-ounce wild salmon fillets, or steaks, ¾-1 inch thick, skin on
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced


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  1. Soak a grilling plank in water for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  5. 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.
  • 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 Make sure the plank is virgin, untreated wood and at least ¼ 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 information

  • Per serving: 233 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 1 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 37 mcg folate; 90 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 56 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 19 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 93 mg sodium; 794 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 4½ lean meat

Reviews 15

March 06, 2019
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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 :)
January 12, 2018
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By: marianomuilleoir
Loved it, will be a regular dish!
December 05, 2013
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December 05, 2013
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December 05, 2013
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October 02, 2010
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By: djweidle
My husband and I loved it. So Good.
August 21, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
August 20, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
You CAN reuse a good quality grilling plank. Check out this website for more info. This recipe sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it myself.
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