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    Cool Grilled Salmon

    An easy way to prepare salmon is to grill it. I take a salmon fillet, put it on a piece of foil on the grill, put about two tablespoons of butter (two slices of butter) on top of it and cover the entire fillet with minced onion. Grill on medium heat with the cover closed for 10 - 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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    Sounds good. Substitute an unfinished raw cedar shake for the tin foil and man o man, is that good. Salt and pepper too. Don't have the coals or burners right under the wood though, use indirect heat. Cedar planked Salmon, yum

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    Another great way is to poach it.

    Put fillets or steaks in a small pot with white wine just covering, fresh dill and a little old bay spice.

    Heat till around 170 degrees, wine will be barely bubbling. Keep lid ajar if you are using one.

    DO NOT BOIL!!!!!

    Length of cooking time will depend on thickness of fish - you want it to just begin flaking. Start checking at around 15 minutes or so.

    Very healthy and tasty.

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    I recently did cedar plank salmon and it was a BIG hit.
    Marinated two 3 lb fillets for the morning in 1 cup o' vermouth, lemon juice and zest from two lemons,1/2 cup of minced fresh dill,1 tablespoon of kosher salt and one teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
    Soaked the planks in water for a couple of hours prior to grilling.
    Grilled on indirect/high - skin side down - for 30 to 40 minutes.
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    Last year I took a trip on a sail boat. I got to be friendly with this couple from Washington State. One night the menu was salmon. The waitor asked me how I wanted my salmon cooked.

    Me, being a back east yankee didn't know any other way but cooked. My new friends said that I should try it cooked med. to med rare. "That's the way they do it in Seattle!!!!"

    Around here when you ask for fish in a restuarant that puppy is COOOOKed.

    But I ordered my salmon as instructed by the Washingtonians and it was surburb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benncool View Post
    Around here when you ask for fish in a restuarant that puppy is COOOOKed.

    But I ordered my salmon as instructed by the Washingtonians and it was surburb.
    ...you mean superb???

    Actually, salmon should be slightly undercooked. What I mean is undercooked on the grill, removed and it will continue to cook before being served. Once ready to eat it is perfectly done. Shouldn't be more than 135'F.
    You'll know if it's overcooked if it feels like cheese curds between the teeth. Kind of squeaky when chewed.
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    Nobody mentioned what you are starting with, but I assume that you are starting with either fresh wild King Salmon or flash frozen wild king salmon.

    When I first tried Salmon it was the farmed junk. I didn't care for it. Then I tried fresh, wild, King Salmon. Wonderful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jettaknight View Post
    ...you mean superb???

    Actually, salmon should be slightly undercooked. What I mean is undercooked on the grill, removed and it will continue to cook before being served. Once ready to eat it is perfectly done. Shouldn't be more than 135'F.
    You'll know if it's overcooked if it feels like cheese curds between the teeth. Kind of squeaky when chewed.

    Oh yeah "superb." I was thing country cooking when I wrote "suburb."

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    When I buy Salmon at Targets...... The filets have the skin on. I have always removed it prior to cooking. Now I have one on a cedar board, and it says to cook it skin side down.

    How do you folks who know what they're doing cook it? Skin? No skin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotts View Post
    When I buy Salmon at Targets...... The filets have the skin on. I have always removed it prior to cooking. Now I have one on a cedar board, and it says to cook it skin side down.

    How do you folks who know what they're doing cook it? Skin? No skin?
    When grilling I ALWAYS go with "skin on."

    90% of the tie I will do cedar plank salmon. Skin side down.

    If I grill, I'll do flesh side down on a HOT grill for about 7 minutes or until the filet will pull away from the grill nice and easily.
    Then I'll flip it over onto the skin side for about another 3 or 4 minutes. One done, I use a fish spatula to remove the filet from the grill leaving the skin behind. Just slip the spatula between the meat and skin.
    I'll let it sit for a few minutes to complete the cooking process.

    This is for a filet about 3 lbs. Any bigger then I'll use the 70/30 method.
    70% of the time flesh side down then finish it off skin side down for the last 30% of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotts View Post
    When I buy Salmon at Targets...... The filets have the skin on. I have always removed it prior to cooking. Now I have one on a cedar board, and it says to cook it skin side down.

    How do you folks who know what they're doing cook it? Skin? No skin?
    Always skin-on when grilling. If for no other reason, it helps hold it together as you remove it from the grill.

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    Thumbs up Great Variations

    What great variations! I am going to try each and every one.

    I was introduced to another version of the cedar plank recipe. My friend is a master-chef at Disney World. He gave it to me.

    Simply marinate the fillet in pure maple syrup for 30 minutes, place on a cedar plank and put on the grill and paint with the syrup. Have way through, paint it again with the syrup. The syrup caramelizes and gives you a rich smoky flavor not sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired1 View Post
    What great variations! I am going to try each and every one.

    I was introduced to another version of the cedar plank recipe. My friend is a master-chef at Disney World. He gave it to me.

    Simply marinate the fillet in pure maple syrup for 30 minutes, place on a cedar plank and put on the grill and paint with the syrup. Have way through, paint it again with the syrup. The syrup caramelizes and gives you a rich smoky flavor not sweet.
    Maple syrup !!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmm....... Let me go tap my trees.

    (I guess this is a "must-do" recipe.)

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