I’ve found that far too often that the only time people are treated to a meal where fish fillets are baked in the oven on a cedar plank comes strictly from their imagination as they are watching TV personalities enjoy it on an outdoors show. On the outside looking in, this cooking method seems sort of intimidating because it does involve the idea of a fire hazard in baking wood in the oven, but there really just isn’t anything to it. For this recipe, I used rainbow trout as the fish of choice. Any fish would work, but I just love trout!
Cedar Plank Trout
- Cedar Boards
- Trout Fillets
- Sesame Oil
- Brown Sugar
- Fresh Dill
- Soy Sauce
This is a very simple recipe. I tend to like simple recipes that come out tasting like they were very complicated. If you do too, then you are in luck. To start this recipe, first make the basting sauce. In a mixing bowl, combine sesame oil, brown sugar, chopped fresh dill, and soy sauce. If you are new to my recipes, I normally do not include the exact ingredients. Making the dish your own is up to you. If you would like to know the exact ingredients, by all means shoot me an e-mail or tweet and I would be happy to help.
Next, place full rainbow fillets skin side down on the cedar plank (I got mine from the grocery store). Cedar planks need to be soaked in water for at least 1 hour before cooking. This help prevent the whole house burning down problem. Once on the plank, season with salt and pepper and spoon the brown sugar glaze on top. For this recipe, I also added a few sprigs of thyme on top just for grins (pictured at the top). From here, just bake in the oven for about 30 minutes at 325.
Here’s a tip, bake the planks on top of a rimmed cookie sheet. Otherwise, the juices from the fish, as they cook, will line the bottom of the oven and make your whole house smell like rotten fish for a few weeks. This way, the juices run off the planks and on to the sheet.
I also topped this fish with a nice and easy dill sauce. Simple combine any remaining fresh diced dill, plain yogurt, and sour cream in a bowl with lime juice. Drizzle it over the fish when ready to serve. If you would like to see more of my recipes, just follow me on twitter at @bradsmith319 or on facebook. Thanks for looking, enjoy!
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