Recipes/ Seafood

adam’s cedar plank smoked salmon

I’m tired of sweets.

Just kidding. Actually, I’ve been doing a number on some peanut butter fudge and have been nibbling away on a homemade s’more (what else?) from Caviar & Bananas. Now that was a good New Years Eve decision right there.

So no, I’m not really sick of sweets after all… but last night Adam and I decided to cook my parents dinner, and this marinated cedar plank smoked salmon was the star.

And it was SO good that it almost made me forget about peanut butter fudge, s’mores, haribo red gummy bears and Lindt 70% dark for about thirteen minutes.

While we were grocery shopping for our feast, my mom set up this curtain in the kitchen. Mikan played sous-chef, so he was allowed in.

Things got serious. Really serious. I stuck to what I know (cheese filled mushrooms and wine) and sent Adam out back to the grill with the sous-chef.

It was better that way.

Much better.

Forty minutes later and I had Giada’s stuffed mushrooms on the table, along with prosciutto wrapped asparagus and roasted new potatoes. I was pretty proud of myself!

Then Adam swooped in at the last minute with this cedar plank smoked salmon and stole the show completely. I love hate it when that happens.

After one bite, my dad asked if he could stay for a month, fix tvs and cook salmon. Note that he told me I could go back to California though.

What does that mean?

I sorta don’t blame him though. It was the best salmon I’d ever had.

Adam’s Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon

serves 4-5

marinade:

1/4 cup chardonnay

1/4 cup fresh dill, minced

zest of one lemon

juice of one lemon

1 T salt

1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

for the salmon:

1 large salmon fillet (about 2 1/2 lbs)–preferably wild atlantic salmon

1 lemon, sliced thin

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 cedar planks, soaked in water for at least thirty minutes

For the marinade, mix together all ingredients. Pour over salmon and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes (preferably an hour). While the fish is marinating, heat the grill to 450 degrees. After the salmon has marinated, lay on the soaked planks and top with thin lemon slices and rosemary.

Lay planks on the grill and cover. Cook for twenty five to thirty minutes, depending on thickness. Before you pull off the grill, make sure the internal temperature of the salmon has reached 125 degrees.

Let salmon rest for five minutes after taking off the grill then slice and serve with additional fresh rosemary.

The boy can cook. I think I’ll keep him around awhile.

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89 Comments

  • Reply
    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 3, 2011 at 5:01 am

    You two make a gorgeous couple πŸ™‚

    Love cedar plank salmon! Its a favorite in our house πŸ™‚

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    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 3, 2011 at 5:03 am

    This post is perfectly timed. I’m always seeking something new and exciting to do with salmon… the perfect fish.

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    Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com
    January 3, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Can’t wait to try the salmon recipe! Thanks for sharing. It seems like you’re having a wonderful trip home!

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    Haleigh
    January 3, 2011 at 5:10 am

    You two are adorable! I am always looking for new salmon recipes! Unfortunately, there is no fresh salmon (that hasn’t traveled for weeks) in sight where I live. You see, I was spoiled with delicious fresh salmon while living in Sweden, and have become a bit of a salmon snob now that I’m back in the states. Which really is too bad because it’s my favorite.

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    April
    January 3, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Jenna – you look gorgeous, my goodness!!!

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    Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    January 3, 2011 at 5:11 am

    That’s so funny, I made Giada’s stuffed mushrooms for New Years Eve. They were really good and pretty simple! Adam’s salmon looks phenom! πŸ™‚

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    Lizzie
    January 3, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Um, I think it means that Adam is in with your family – never a bad thing! πŸ™‚ And with the salmon, who can blame them??

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 3, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Cedar planked salmon is probably one of my favourite meals of all time…. and you’ve just made me crave it. At 8:30am. Hmmmmm….

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    stacey-healthylife
    January 3, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Oh how cute. The food looks amazing.

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    January 3, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Wow–looks delicious! And your parents’ kitchen looks amazing. As a New Yorker in a small apartment (and thus kitchen), I think we probably both have major kitchen envy! Happy New Year-

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    Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)
    January 3, 2011 at 5:33 am

    that salmon looks so good. I love cooking with planks but hardly ever do it. It gives the meat such a great flavor. Looks like I’ll need to try out this recipe!

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    salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    January 3, 2011 at 5:37 am

    cebar plank smoked salmon? Yes please.

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    Blog is the New Black
    January 3, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I don’t even eat fish and I think that salmon looks great!!! Those stuffed mushrooms look even better to me. I wish my bf cooked…

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    Andrea J
    January 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Those stuffed mushrooms sound delicious, definitely making those soon..and any boy that can cook is a winner in my book! You’re a lucky girl πŸ™‚ you guys are so adorable!!

  • Reply
    Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate
    January 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

    You guys are too cute for words!
    And the salmon looks amazing!

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    January 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

    That DOES sound incredible. Good going, Adam.

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    Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    January 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Oh man, it’s been forever since I’ve had salmon. That looks amazing.

    And I love the cooking shot with the computer on the counter. My computer has a permanent spot in the kitchen!

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    Nelly
    January 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

    And he’s a snappy dresser, too! Keep him close, girl πŸ˜‰

    Erm…where does one find a cedar plank to use for this? All I have in my backyard are oak, pine, tulip and mulberry… -_-

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      jenna
      January 3, 2011 at 5:50 am

      basically any grocery store! We got these at Lowe’s though.

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    Baking 'n' Books
    January 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Boys have a tendency to do that. Love the hair.

    How do you pronounce the dog’s name? Is it like “me-can” or “my-kin”..?

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    grocery goddess jen
    January 3, 2011 at 5:57 am

    You guys are just awesome together (from what I can tell from the Internet, ha ha)! I’m sure your dad wants to keep you around, too.

  • Reply
    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 3, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I just love salmon. Adding this to the list.

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    shannen
    January 3, 2011 at 6:05 am

    thanks for reminding me of the fact i haven’t had salmon in AGES. yum yum. and this is probably going to sound like a stupid question but what’s the curtain for?

  • Reply
    Emily
    January 3, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Would you two just get engaged already!?

  • Reply
    Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    January 3, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Love fresh salmon! never had cedar planked though…gotta try that one soon πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    christina
    January 3, 2011 at 6:21 am

    yall are gonna get marrrrrrrrrrrieddddddd.

  • Reply
    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    January 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

    if he can cook, he’s a keeper! πŸ™‚
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Stephanie
    January 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

    So cute. Does he blush when you write about him like this?

  • Reply
    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 3, 2011 at 6:38 am

    That looks great. I love cedar plank salmon, but I don’t have a grill. Alas, it’s oven-baked or sauteed fish for me.

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    Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    January 3, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Awesome!! Ya’ll are cute πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Tessa
    January 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

    You two are ADORABLE !!!!!!!!!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    January 3, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Sounds delicious!! I see kitchen wars in your future! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Baking 'n' Books
      January 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Kitchen wars! Yes! Jenna – that could be a new part of your blog – b/w you and Adam! Spin offs from the Chili cook-offs πŸ™‚

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    Marie @ PeoniesNCupcakes
    January 3, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Having a man that cooks is so amazing! Enjoy that πŸ˜‰
    I love salmon & this recipe looks so delicious & I can’t wait to make it! Giada’s recipes are some of my favorites so I am sure the meal turned out wonderful!

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    Lindsey@DishesNDiapers
    January 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I am admittedly not a big salmon fan… however I love dill, so I just may be trying this recipe soon! Looks like you guys had a great evening!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    January 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Looks delicious! And I’m with you 100%, I let my boyfriend do all the grilling! Grills intimidate me.

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    Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    January 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    First of all – you guys are so dang cute!
    Second of all – I absolutely must try that salmon.

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    Dorry
    January 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

    The best salmon I’ve ever had was cooked on cedar plank – best flavor in the world! Glad your man can cook. My husband loves to cook and it’s such a treat!

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    aubrey
    January 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Yum! What a tasty dinner.
    How does is feel to be a trained cook and cook a meal with your bf?
    I would feel a little competitive or nervous.

  • Reply
    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    That looks incredible!!

  • Reply
    Cassie
    January 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I MISS SAVANNAH!!!!!!!!!

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    Ann @ Day by Day
    January 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Wow that salmon looks/sounds so good. I always cook salmon in the same old boring way. I need to mix it up and try yours. That is a great picture- you should definitely frame that!

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      Hines
      July 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Wham bam thank you, ma?am, my quseintos are answered!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    January 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

    This is my favorite way to cook salmon, and it always looks so good on the plank. Sounds tasty!

  • Reply
    Laura
    January 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Looks delish! Not totally related, but I saw the movie “Bottle Shock” over the weekend, and I bet you’d love it. It’s based on the story of how the California wine industry got it’s start in the 1970s and how it beat French wines in a blind taste test which caused all sorts of hype and controversy. There is also a female “intern” whose look reminds me of you (light hair, dark eyebrows, high cheekbones, etc).

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    Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing
    January 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I have some salmon I just pulled out of the freezer to defrost. Would it be okay to let it marinate for 24 hours rather than just 30 min.?

  • Reply
    Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    January 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Darn…that was the cutest post ever. You have met your match!

  • Reply
    Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    January 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Oh, those mushrooms look sooo good!

  • Reply
    Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    January 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

    the salmon sounds delicious! Looks like you guys are having a great 2011!

  • Reply
    Kelli H
    January 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    mmmm…that dinner looks delicious!! It’s only 9:40 but I could totally go for that dinner right now….

  • Reply
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Okay, if dad likes him, it’s golden. Dads don’t normally like boyfriends!

  • Reply
    Katherine: Unemployed
    January 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    nothing sexier than a man who can cook. esp on a cedar plank! I’m totally impressed

  • Reply
    Rochel
    January 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    You look so content and happy. And the food looks delish. Sounds like a pretty perfect vacation to me.

  • Reply
    Christine (The Raw Project)
    January 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What an adorable pic of you two! And my hubby would love the salmon, thanks!

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    January 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

    So.. you’re invited to my place anytime. I promise to supply endless amounts of Haribo red gummy bears and dark chocolate (and that’s a promise I don’t take lightly).

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    Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    January 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

    So glad I’m not the only one who cooks with the laptop on the counter! At least it’s a paper saver πŸ˜‰

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Yummy! My hubby just got quite a few wooden grilling planks for Christmas so I may have to tell him to make this. haha

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Best salmon ever? NICE!!!!

    I hate it when someone steals the show..haha…but if it’s with good food or a good wine selection, then I’m all about it πŸ™‚

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    You two are seriously the cutest couple I’ve ever seen. And I don’t go around just saying that πŸ˜‰
    Salmon cooked on a cedar plank is the BEST!

  • Reply
    Sandy
    January 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    You two are adorable together. A good Texas boy is a real keeper.

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    Lindsey
    January 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Welcome to the “my parents like the boy better than me” club. When my mom hugged us good bye after Christmas, she was crying when she said good bye to my husband, saying “I don’t know when I’ll see you again.” I might be their favorite daughter just because I brought him into the family.

    And of course, your food looks fabulous, btw. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Anne P
    January 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Dear long lost BFF,

    You two are adorable, I love salmon, and I miss you. Remember when I was a ninja?

    xoxo,
    Anne P

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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Aww. Don’t you love when the parents like the boyfriend? It’s cool that he can cook. I’m a bit jealous.

  • Reply
    Whitney
    January 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Um yum? You guys are too cute!

  • Reply
    Kerri@tinybuttons
    January 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    What a delightful evening. Thanks for the new recipe. Love the sheet curtain.

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    January 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I love a boy who can cook. And I love cedar planked salmon–reminds me of camping or something, even though I’ve never done that. It’s actually the one reason I want to go camping. Happy New Year!

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Can you and Adam please get hitched? You’re ADORABLE together!!

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    The Healthy Apple
    January 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Looks amazing, Jenna; so glad you are having fun with your parents down in Florida; enjoy your family time and have fun! Lovin’ this salmon recipe…and of course, your mushrooms too!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I had cedar plank salmon for the first time a few months ago and it was the BEST salmon I had ever had. This looks amazing, thank you for posting!

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    January 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Yum! This looks so delicious. Totally keep him around πŸ™‚ Your mushrooms, potatoes and (especially) prosciutto wrapped asparagus sound utterly delicious also!
    Heidi xo

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    January 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    what a fabulous meal! yum yum!

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    Nikki
    January 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

    SO stinking cute! (And not talking about the salmon!) The mushrooms made me swoon, too.

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    Martha Lilian
    January 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Wow! This dinner looks absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try the stuffed mushrooms. Unfortunately, grilling doesn’t work out so well when living in an apartment with no yard or balcony, but the recipe will definitely be filed for when the opportunity arises.

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    Andrew
    January 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Your stories always make me smile Jenna. That salmon looked delicious. Happy New Year guys!

  • Reply
    Mara
    January 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Yum! We cooked salmon for New Year’s, too, but our didn’t come out nearly as well. I’m going to steal this one for next year!

  • Reply
    Allie
    February 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    OMG!!!! I used to read your posts religiously about a year ago when you were living in that little apartment near Sonoma….and thats when I first started reading about Adam…When you guys had the green monster drinking contest ;). Anyways, How exciting it is for me to get on and see that you guys are now together! I’m sure you’ve been together a long time now, but it makes my heart smile to see that you have found a partner to share all your happiness with!!! So happy for you!!!!

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    June 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I made this salmon for my mother in law over the weekend – it was incredible. Seriously, mind blowing – and delicious the next day, cold! I can’t wait to cook it again!

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    Adam
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    Question about salmon. Is there really such a thing as wild Atlantic salmon? Does anyone know?

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    My family devoured it, including all three kids. Great flavor, moist and perfectly grilled; the herbs and lemon made all the difference. Another winner, thanks for sharing this recipe.

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