This dish is a favorite at our home for entertaining - it is delicious, easy to make and guests are always impressed with the presentation (we bring the plank directly to the table and serve off of it!). My husband, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, was home on leave recently and it was his homecoming request for dinner! Since we are currently living in New Brunswick, we love that fresh atlantic salmon is readily available and the maple syrup here is some of the best in the world! In the spring time, I love to serve this dish with steamed fresh fiddleheads tossed in garlic butter and jasmine or basmati rice (or wild rice when we were living near Winnipeg). At other times of the year, I serve garlic sauteed spinach. If you aren't a curry lover, just leave it out and the dish is still great! Cedar planked Salmon is fantastic on the grill but can also be prepared in the oven. Enjoy!!
1. To prepare Glaze: in a small saucepan simmer maple syrup, gingeroot, lemon juice,vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and curry paste until reduced to around 1 cup, about 25 minutes, and let cool. (Glaze may be made up to 2 days ahead and kept covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before continuing) 2. Soak cedar plank in water for 20 - 30 minutes, weighing down so plank is completely submerged. 3.Preheat grill to medium high. (if using oven, the plank does not need to be soaked. Preheat to 350 degrees farenheit. Lightly oil plank and heat in oven for 15 minutes) 4. Place green onions in a single layer on the plank to form a bed for the fish. 5.Arrange salmon fillets on plank, skin side down if they are not skinned, and season with salt and pepper. Brush liberally with glaze. 6. Place plank on preheated grill and continue basting with glaze every 5 minutes until glaze is gone and salmon is cooked, about 20 - 30 minutes, or until fish feels firm to the touch and is no longer translucent. (if cooking in oven, place plank on rack and place a drip pan underneath. Cooking time will be about 30-40 minutes). 7. Arrange plank on serving platter (lining with leaf lettuce makes for a fabulous presentation). 8. Slice through green onions and serve green onions and salmon to each lucky guest. Enjoy!!