1/8 Photos of Cedar Plank Braided Salmon With Apple Butter Sauce
1 hr 30 mins
TOOLBELT DIVA's Note:
The biggest challenge in preparation of this recipe is ensuring the braiding stays intact. Once braiding is complete and liquids poured and brushed generously over the fillets, transferring to a backing sheet, is quite simple; chilling overnight is essential. I love this recipe because of its unique flavour. Although originally developed for the barbeque, it can be successfully baked in your oven. This recipe was handed to me in preparation for a wedding reception in B.C. (August/2004); I had to adjust the ingredients, of course, to serve 150 people. Preparation was a fun exercise; the prepared salmon was cooked on a 5 ft. length, 2" X 10", water-soaked, cedar plank and placed on a large, propane-fired grill. The end result was a perfectly seasoned, delightfully flavoured, lightly smoked salmon that had the wedding guests returning to the buffet table, repeatedly, until all 24 salmon fillets had been devoured. When purchasing your salmon, have the fish-monger filet the fish, remove the skin and pin bones.... When you have purchased your cedar plank, soak the plank in cold water, overnight. Place the plank in a container of water, with a rock or brick on the plank to keep it submerged. Soaking the plank will keep it from burning during the cooking process. Not soaking it gives the salmon a stronger, smoky taste. Remember, this is not only a recipe, it is also a cooking lesson, so have patience and you will be pleased with the results. Follow the Instructions carefully, and you cannot fail. It is a wonderful recipe, the end result will amaze you and your guests praise you.
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- 2 (16 inch) lengths cedar planks
- 6 -8 lbs whole salmon, filleted, skin off and pin bones removed, you should have two fillets, 3 to 4 lbs. each
- vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup dark amber maple syrup or 3/4 cup amber maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Canadian rye whisky or 1/4 cup maple liqueur
- 3/4 cup maple butter
- 4 -6 tablespoons granulated maple sugar
- coarse sea salt
- fresh ground pepper
- fresh thyme (optional) or sage sprig, for garnish (optional)
Apple Butter Sauce
- 1To prepare Apple Butter Sauce: blend the mayo, butter and tarragon in a bowl and chill until serving time. Makes 2 cups Apple Butter Sauce.
- 2Fillet the salmon, removing all the bones.
- 3Remove the skin and pin bones.
- 4Oil the cedar planks and place the salmon on it.
- 5Slice through the salmon, from the wide end, lengthwise, to about 2 inches from the tail end.
- 6Repeat this motion to cut a total of seven strips that are each about 1/2" to 3/4" wide.
- 7Keep the tail end intact.
- 8Where the fish is intact at tail end, strips will be narrower.
- 9Measure out half of the maple syrup and reserve.
- 10Combine remaining maple syrup with whiskey, or liqueur.
- 11Brush whiskey mixture all over salmon strips to generously coat.
- 12Season with salt and pepper.
- 13To braid: Mentally label the strips starting from the left as numbers 1 through 7.
- 14Starting with strip number 4 lift it over strips 1 through 3, so that it is now on the outside left-hand side.
- 15Next, take strip number 3 and lift it over strips 5 through 7 (to the right side).
- 16Now, start again, renumbering the strips from 1 through 7.
- 17Again, lift (the new) strip number 4 to the far left and (the new) strip number 3 to the right.
- 18Continue in this manner until you have braided the whole length of fish.
- 19Repeat braiding steps for second fillet.
- 20Pat the braided fish into one compact length.
- 21Either skewer the loose ends together or simply press together to keep in place.
- 22At this point, the planked, braided salmon can be set on a backing sheet, covered and chilled overnight.
- 23To finish the salmon: pour the maple butter and reserved syrup generously over the salmon; use a pastry brush to force the liquid into nooks and crannies.
- 24Season with salt and pepper.
- 25Preheat BBQ to medium heat, or oven to 350°F.
- 26To Barbeque the Salmon: Place the plank on a grill, over medium heat, on the upper rack, if your bbq has one.
- 27Close lid (or cover salmon with foil roasting pan).
- 28Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork and internal temp for the fish reaches 120°F.
- 29Alternatively: Preheat oven to 350°F.
- 30To roast the salmon in the oven, place the plank on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
- 31Remove plank and salmon from heat.
- 32Dust salmon liberally with maple sugar.
- 33Salmon may be served hot or cold right from the plank.
- 34Garnish with fresh herbs if using.
- 35Serve with chilled Apple Butter Sauce.
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Nutritional Facts for Cedar Plank Braided Salmon With Apple Butter Sauce
Serving Size: 1 (281 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 691.0
- Calories from Fat 315
- Total Fat 35.0 g
- Saturated Fat 12.0 g
- Cholesterol 187.2 mg
- Sodium 535.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 34.3 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
- Sugars 24.8 g
- Protein 54.8 g
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