Do you, despite knowledge of the outstanding benefits of fish, prepare it sparingly, if at all? If you answered “yes”, you’re not alone. Although Americans are starting to try to eat healthier, our consumption of fish (particularly in home cooking) is down from what it was ten years ago.
So today’s post is my attempt to do my part. To get you more comfortable with preparing fish in your own home. It’s important to start with a good marinade, I am using a simple one that would be good on most fish, 3 parts butter, 2 parts lemon juice. I am also using a cedar plank, good for firm flesh fish like salmon (the classic choice for this method of preparation), tuna, shark and wahoo. The later is my choice for today because I have a freezer full (read about my freezing method here) thanks to Boomer’s fishing promise fulfilled.
The resulting fish has a smoky, woodsy flavor. I especially like the provincial presentation of serving right off of the cedar plank. So relax; use this plain sailing way to prep and serve fish at home!
Have you ever used a cedar plank for cooking? What are your favorite ways to prepare and serve fish?
Cedar Plank Wahoo
- one wooden grilling plank
- 1 1/2 pound Wahoo steaks
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- canola oil for brushing plank
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- one lemon, sliced
1. Soak the wooden grilling plank in water for 2 hours prior to putting it on the grill.
2. in a small bowl combine butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
3. Place the Wahoo steaks in a zip lock plastic bag and pour marinade over top. Allow to marinate 20-30 minutes.
4. Light gas grill and allow to get hot (about 400 degrees F).
5. Brush wooden plank with canola oil and set wahoo steaks on top.
6. Place the planked wahoo on the grilling grate, and cook with the grill covered, until the fish surface begins to turn white. (Approximately 30 minutes for 1 inch thick fish steaks.)
(Note the grill time will be longer when using a plank because the fish is cooking indirectly.)
7. When the fish is done remove the entire plank and fish steaks with a pair of grilling mitts.
8. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Top with lemon slices.