Resting on a cedar bed, cushioned with fresh dill and green onions, this maple mustard glazed salmon was my most memorable summer meal yet.

salmon-plank-dill

When you are a food lover, eating experiences are filled with emotion. This meal was amplified by some peacock, chest-puffing pride. You see, I caught this salmon out of Lake Michigan on Saturday evening and cooked it on Sunday. The truth is, my friend Dave “caught” the fish by knowing exactly what lures, colors, lines and trinkets needed to be on the end of his fishing poles. But, I spotted the pole as it bent once, then twice, made the call, “Fish On!” and then reeled him in.

I believe I may have been a fisherman in a past life. My Dad is much more of an academic than a sportsman. I’m not sure if he even owns a hammer, let alone fishing gear. We did take half day fishing trips during Florida vacations and my grandpa took me out a few times as a kid but not enough to explain my extreme love of the sport I know so little about. Every time I have a chance to fish, I am filled with childlike excitement.

Lucky me… my friend Dave not only loves to fish but also has a boat on Lake Michigan in Chicago. We enjoyed an evening fishing excursion on the most beautiful summer evening. Though a thunderstorm was promised, it passed south and we were treated to a gorgeous sunset while floating and awaiting nibbles from below.

Fish-sunset

Due to my extreme excitement, my senses were piqued and I was the first to identify a quivering rod. I cranked the reel and brought up a fish that I thought was of notable size. The other ladies with us were equally impressed though Dave quietly admitted it was one of the smaller catches he’s had this season. The fish was big enough to provide a few good fillets, which was all that mattered to me.

Fish-Caroline

When darkness set in, we pulled in the lines and decided to catch the Saturday night fireworks at Navy Pier. It took us some time to go from our fishing location to the pier. As we cruised along the smooth water with the warm summer wind in our faces, I was reminded why we live in Chicago.  Now and then, we enjoy an amazing day or experience and our tanks of patience and stamina are refilled so that we may endure the hassles of this city: bad winters, nearly nonexistent spring,  big city traffic.

Dozens of boats bobbed just offshore along the skyline, awaiting the colorful fireworks display. In the company of good friends, I leaned against my husband, looked up at the sky and pondered how I would prepare my fresh catch. These are the dreams summer is made of.


Cedar Planked Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

1 large Salmon fillet(s), preferably skin on
2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
salt and pepper
fresh dill
green onions
cedar plank
Chives or dill for garnish

Soak your untreated cedar plank in water for 15 minutes. Preheat your grill. Wash your fish and pat it dry. Remove bones if needed. Place fresh dill and green onions on the soaked cedar plank. Lay the fish, skin side down, on top of the greens. Season with salt and pepper. Stir together mustard and syrup and brush it over the fish.

Grill the fish (or bake in 350 degree oven) for about 10-15 minutes or until fish is flaky and done. Top with fresh dill or chives.

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8 Responses to “Cedar Planked Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze”

  1. gi gi Says:

    That looks amazing and simple. I have dill in my garden that is begging to be used. Thanks for a great idea.

    p.s. I LOVE fireworks. :)

  2. stresscake Says:

    Well done sister! I love fishing! When I’m catching that is. Sitting around with no bites stinks. Man, I love this town.

  3. flyer printing Says:

    That fish is not small for me. What else if you see the fish that I’d catch before. It’s smaller than that. This is a good meal, I’m getting hungry right now.

  4. heather @ chiknpastry Says:

    you just made me really miss Chicago! and really, SF is awesome, but there were many awesome days out there too. great lookin’ fish you have there – i’m impressed!

  5. EB Says:

    Wowza! Gorgeous fish!! Fish on indeed.

  6. Home Cooking Recipes Says:

    Now that’s fishing! Well done on the salmon :)

  7. KB Says:

    Although I love sushi and most white fish (cooked or otherwise), I have never really been a salmon fan…until my dad started making cedar-planked salmon at home with a plank he received for Christmas last year. Absolutely amazing! Something about the wood completely changes the texture for me and makes salmon just as enjoyable as a juicy steak. I’ll pass your recipe on to him because he was looking for new and creative ways to use his present. Thanks from both of us! :)

  8. Tad Stucky Says:

    Great blog! Sorry to get off subject, but since Nashville is getting a lot of press lately, I’m looking for a great Nashville sushi restaurant or Japanese restaurant. Have you read any recent buzz? There’s a new one called Nomzilla Sushi Et Cetera, but I’ve only seen a few reviews. Here’s the address of this new Nashville Japanese Restaurant, 1201 Villa Place, Suite 101 Nashville, TN 37212 – (615) 268-1424. Thoughts? Thanks!

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