Plank Grilling Tips

Planking is a traditional Northwest-style of cooking using aromatic pieces of wood. It’s a great way to add subtle flavors to your wild Alaska Seafood. Many stores sell pre-cut planks now, but it’s just as easy to make your own.

Easy Planked Seafood

  1. Go to your local hardware store and purchase untreated lumber.
  2. Cut planks into any size you desire.
  3. The best wood choices for planking are Cedar, Alder and Oak.
  4. Presoak the plank in water for 30 minutes – two hours.
  5. Pat planks dry with paper towels and spray-coat or lightly oil one side of the plank.
  6. Season seafood lightly with an herb blend or just salt and pepper. Go easy, as you don’t want to overpower the flavor you will get from the plank.
  7. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  8. Place the planked seafood on the grill over indirect heat and close the lid.
  9. Turn the heat down to medium.
  10. Check seafood frequently after 10 minutes.
  11. Seafood changes from translucent to opaque as it cooks and will continue to cook after it is removed from the heat. Cook just until opaque throughout.
  12. Serving: the plank provides a beautiful, organic-looking platter for serving.

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