Maple Lemon Glazed Salmon

Hands down one of my favorite dishes to both cook and eat is salmon.  I make salmon a few ways: with a ginger-dill cream sauce, with a balsamic-soy sauce or my favorite way, with a maple lemon glaze.  To me, there are few grilled dishes that beat cedar plank grilled salmon with a side of slightly charred grilled veggies.  It should come as a no-brainer, but in my opinion, the only real key to this simple recipe is using quality maple syrup.  Don’t skimp and buy crap.  The syrup I used is from Bissell Maple Farm located in Ohio.  Be sure to check them out.  They have a bunch of quality maple products including a maple BBQ sauce that I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on yet.

OK, here’s all I did for this recipe:

Ingredients

Salmon
1 – 1 1/2 lbs very fresh salmon (if you want to really splurge pay a little extra for the premium salmon)
Olive oil
Dill weed
Turbinado sugar
Salt and Pepper

Maple Lemon Butter Glaze
2-3 Tbsp of pure maple syrup
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Have a cedar plank pre-soaking in water for at least an hour.  Lightly coat salmon with oil on both sides and place on cedar plank.  Season with dill weed, turbinado sugar (this goes great w/ the maple glaze), salt and pepper.  While you let the salmon sit and take in the seasoning for a few minutes, combine the maple syrup, lemon juice and butter in a small sauce pan and stir frequently until it come to a light boil a then take it off the heat and set it aside.  Place the planked salmon over direct heat on the grill and cook for 6-10 min (depending on how large a fillet you’re grilling).  Baste with the maple lemon glaze every couple of minutes during the cook.  Pull once the salmon is a light pink color and nice and flaky.

For the veggies, take whatever you’ve chosen (I used pineapple wedges, a red bell pepper and an orange bell pepper), cut into chunks then toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Grill over direct heat until a nice char has formed.  I grilled them in a Craycort Cast Iron Veggie Wok which I absolutely love!

Enjoy!  Pics and video from start to finish below.

Grilled Maple Lemon Glazed Salmon
Grilled Maple Lemon Glazed Salmon
Grilled Maple Lemon Glazed Salmon
Grilled Maple Lemon Glazed Salmon
Grilled Maple Lemon Glazed Salmon

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