CEDAR PLANKED SALMON WITH MAPLE GLAZE
~ Native Americans pioneered the art of roasting on wood planks. The wonderful aroma of red cedar adds a sweet, spicy, roasted flavor. This wonderful recipe ( a 'perfect' marriage of maple syrup & cedar) came with the plank.
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. finely grated peeled fresh ginger root
4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 1/2 lbs. center-cut salmon fillet with skin
Greens from 1 bunch scallions
- In a small heavy saucepan simmer maple syrup, ginger root, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Maple glaze may be make 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temperature before proceeding.
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Season surface of plank lightly with cooking oil. Arrange scallion greens in one layer on plank. In another small saucepan, heat half of the glaze over low heat until heated through to use as a sauce. Stir in remaining lemon juice. Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Place salmon, skin side down, on scallion greens. Brush with remaining glaze. Season salmon with salt & pepper. Roast in middle of oven until just cooked about 25-30 minutes.
Note: Without a plank, bake on foil-lined pan or baking dish for about 35 minutes