How To Cook Smoked Fish

Smoked fish can be cooked in a variety of ways, from pan frying to grilling, to baking in the oven. Have you ever tried to cook smoked fish on a plank? That rustic, smoky aroma of salmon or haddock will make you want to take it off the grill early, and start chowing down. It's the tastiest way to cook smoked fish. With a few simple tips and tricks, you will be on your way to a delicious meal in no time.

Choose your favorite type of fish, and make a marinade for the fish to soak in. You may like it hot and spicy with cilantro, white wine, ginger and butter. Jack Daniels, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, lemon and orange juice, will give you a tangy barbecue flavor. Let the fish slowly absorb the flavors of the marinade for at least an hour. If you really want to keep it simple, instead of a marinade, just sprinkle it on the grill with salt, pepper and your favorite seasonings.

Now it's time to choose, and prepare your plank. Some kitchen and lumber supply stores will have suitable planks. Make sure that the plank is large enough to hold all the smoked fish, and has a thickness of about one inch. If you prefer a smokier flavor, you'll want cedar or hickory. If a fruity taste is more to your liking, choose apple or cherry. Using untreated wood will keep harsh chemicals from mixing with the taste of the fish. Soak the plank in water for at least 2 hours. This will keep the wood from splintering, and catching fire as you're cooking.

If you're using charcoal, light half of the grill about 20 minutes before you're ready to cook. Brush the side of the fish touching the plank with oil to keep it from sticking. Place the plank on the grill over direct heat. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Move the plank to the indirect or cooler part of the grill, cover and cook another 10 minutes. If you can flake the fish with a fork, it's done and you're ready to eat.

Once you've tried cooking smoked fish on a plank, you may never want to cook it any other way. It's ideal for those hot summer days when it's too hot to heat up the kitchen. I think you'll agree that it's the tastiest way to cook smoked fish.


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