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Celebrate Summer with Flavor and Tradition: Cedar Plank Salmon for Healthier, Happier Gatherings.

By Declan Chapin | May 23, 2024

✓ Reviewed by Dietitian Ashley Besecker, RDN

Cedar plank salmon is more than just a dish; it’s a celebration of flavor, tradition, and sustainability. This classic preparation is a family favorite, cherished for its unique taste and ease of preparation. Perfect for summer dinners, cedar plank salmon is not only delicious but healthy and perfect for a large crowd.

A Family Favorite

For the Besecker family, cedar plank salmon has been a favorite dish for generations, bringing the family together around the dinner table. The aromatic cedar plank infuses the salmon with a distinctive, smoky flavor that’s hard to resist.

A Sustainable Option

Choosing cedar plank salmon is a decision that supports sustainable seafood practices. Wild-caught salmon from Alaska is often the best choice for sustainability, as it is harvested in a manner that ensures the long-term health of fish populations and the health of our oceans.

Mess-Free Dinner

One of the greatest advantages of cedar plank salmon is its simplicity and mess-free preparation. The cedar plank acts as a natural barrier between the fish and the grill, preventing the salmon from sticking and ensuring easy cleanup. Simply cut the salmon into strips, marinate in olive oil, salt, pepper and sesame seeds for one to several hours and you're ready to go. Pre-heat your grill on medium-high heat while you're soaking your planks in water and then lay the fish on the planks. The salmon will be done in 8-12 minutes and the result is a perfectly cooked, flavorful fish with minimal effort and cleanup.

Healthy Option

Wild salmon is renowned for its health benefits, making this recipe a nutritious addition to your summer dinner menu. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon supports heart health, reduces inflammation, and promotes brain function. It’s also an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. Grilling the salmon on a cedar plank allows it to retain its moisture and nutrients, resulting in a dish that’s as healthy as it is delicious.

Great for Summer Dinners

Cedar plank salmon is the epitome of summer dining. Grilling outdoors not only keeps the heat out of the kitchen but also adds a delightful smoky flavor that complements the natural richness of the salmon. Paired with fresh, seasonal vegetables or a light salad, cedar plank salmon makes for a well-balanced, flavorful meal that’s perfect for warm summer evenings. So, fire up the grill and enjoy this delicious, sustainable, and healthy meal with your loved ones!

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