Happy #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!
Are you looking to switch up your grilling repertoire this summer? Try a cedar plank! Grilling on cedar will infuse your seafood with smoke, so you get all the wood-grilled flavor you love without the need for wood chips or a smoker. This technique is so easy to try at home, and you’ll get a subtly smoky taste that’s out of this world! Plus, there’s less mess than with traditional grilling, so cleanup is a breeze. Cedar planks are widely available, so there’s no time like the present to add this handy tool to your Seafoodie arsenal!
If you haven’t grilled on a cedar plank before, you’re in for a treat! Start by soaking the plank in water for about an hour to keep it from burning. Then char it on a hot grill, put your seasoned seafood on top, move the plank to indirect heat and cover the grill. The soaked plank protects the seafood from direct heat, letting it steam gently while it soaks up the cedar smoke. The results are mouthwateringly good!
Salmon is often the go-to for cedar-plank grillers, and we heartily agree it’s an inspired choice—our cedar plank salmon gyros are a fan fave! But this grilling method works its smoky magic on just about any seafood. Shrimp, tilapia, mahi mahi—the sky’s the limit! We’ve rounded up some tempting recipes that showcase what cedar can do, and we’ve even included a one with pineapple “planks” that show how well fruit and seafood complement each other. Submerge your planks in water, or try soaking your cedar plank in beer or wine for added flavor. Which leads us to the real question here… what recipe will you try first?
Pro tip: Since planks can dry out on the grill, keep a spray bottle of water handy when cooking.
A little bit smoky, a little bit sweet: This garlic-lime shrimp grills beautifully on a cedar plank.
Grilled Mediterranean Cedar Plank Salmon Gyros
Greek-inspired, cedar-grilled salmon is wrapped with veggies, olives and yogurt for an out-of-this-world gyro.
Grilled Pineapple Plank Tilapia
A cook-from-frozen dish with tropical flair: Seasoned tilapia fillets are sandwiched between planks of juicy pineapple that flavor the fish as it cooks.
Cedar Plank-Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos
Flavor fiesta! These smoky, spicy fish tacos are brimming with Tex-Mex taste.
Cedar Plank Beer Scallops with Roasted Vegetables
Scallops are marinated in beer, garlic and Old Bay, then cooked on a beer-soaked plank with aromatic vegetables.