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Cedar Planked Trout


Trout that is grilled on a cedar plank is an easy and scrumptious way to grill fish but is also a very traditional method of preparation - something our great Palaeolithic ancestors might have done over the open fire! This recipe will require a thin, clean, untreated cedar plank to set the fish on while it grills - you can pick these up at stores like Canadian Tire or Home Depot. The smoke that comes from the cedar wood really enhances the flavor of the fish.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 - 4


· 2 12-ounce whole or 4 filleted Trout, cleaned

· 1/2 cup fresh Dill chopped or 1 Tbsp Dried

· 1 Tbsp dried Fine Herbs

· 6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

· 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

· 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

· 2 freshly squeezed Lemons

· Untreated Cedar Plank large enough to fit the fish


Soak the cedar plank submerged in water for 1 hour. Season fish with dill, herbs, oil, lemon, salt & pepper in plastic bag and let marinate for 1 hr. Preheat grill. Place soaked cedar plank on grill over direct medium heat. When cedar plank starts to smoke (about 5 - 10 minutes) place fish on plank. Grill with the bbq lid closed for about 15 minutes or until the fish is done (lift a section with a fork and look inside - the flesh should be opaque and not look pink) - do not overcook. Remove from grill.

Serve with red chard, mushroom & red onion, cooked mixed greens or grilled asparagus with zucchini with a slice of lemon wedge.

We really enjoy this meal - it is definitely part of Healthy Eating - low carb, paleo, omega 3's, sits light - what more could one ask for - except beautiful weather to break open the bbq. Enjoy!!!

This trout also makes a great smoked fish appetizer or spread instead of a main course. To make spread remove bones and skin from the meat and break the meat up and mix with a little homemade mayo.

Plank grilling really is a great way to grill. The flavors and the ease have always made this method popular. Once you've given it a whirl you will want to grill lots of dishes on a cedar plank. You can plank other kinds of fish such as salmon, roast beef, poultry or most anything, particularly those things that require a longer grilling time. Quick items won't gain much from the plank because they won't be exposed to the smoke long enough to get the flavour. Also, you don't want to plank cook items that need to be grilled hot and fast like steaks or chops.


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