How to plank a fish
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You can buy grilling planks, but they are expensive. For the same price, you can buy a 6' cedar board and cut it yourself. Cut it about the length of a dollar bill.
This is a very important step!! You must soak the board in water or else it will catch fire while on the grill. Fill the sink with hot water.
Place the board in the sink for a minimum of 1 hour. I like to do it for at least 6 hours. Soak one board per fish. It will float, so use something that can get wet to weigh the board down.
When you're ready to grill, take the board out and pat dry it.
Gather the rest of your ingredients. This is a very simple recipe. I like to focus the flavor of the cedar fish. You can do anything you want! Planking will add the nice cedar flavor.
Add a very little bit of oil to the board. This is to prevent sticking. After you add the oil, spread it all over the board.
Once you have the board prepared, it is time to add the fish. I used a Salmon Filet with the skin removed. Honestly, any protein will work. Fish seems to absorb the cedar flavor the best.
Place the fish on the board.
Go preheat your grill while you season and finish prepping. The grill needs to be HOT so place all burners on high.
While the grill preheats, season your fish. I add salt, pepper, lemon zest, dried parsley, and lemon juice. Simple! After you season it, drizzle lemon juice over the fish and hold the rest for later.
Place the board directly on the grill. I have a thermometer to tell me when the fish is cooked between 135 and 145 degrees. Periodically, I will baste the fish with the remaining lemon juice.
The less time you soaked your board, the more time you will need to check it while it is on the grill. You should always check the grill regularly to ensure the board does not catch fire.
After about 30 minutes or so and periodically after adding lemon juice, the planked salmon is ready! Remove it from the grill.
I like to place the fish on a grate after I remove it from the grill to let the fish rest.
Voila! All done! I usually have planked fish with brown rice and broccoli. The best part about this meal is that it is only 540 calories!
Remember consuming undercooked or raw fish can cause food illness. So cook yo' fish!