So British Columbia for those of you that don’t know is our most western province, and has it’s coast on the Pacific Ocean. For those of you still not sure, it’s right above Washington State and below Alaska. It is a gorgeous province, sharing the Rocky Mountains with it’s neighbouring province Alberta, and has beautiful valleys, and AMAZING skiing. In fact, the Winter Olympics were held there, centred around Vancouver, in 2010. One of the food items that BC is known for though is their salmon! It is delicious, fresh and readily available. This recipe also calls for the use of maple syrup and mustard, two more Canadian staples. This recipe cooks up right on the barbecue, and will go great with some grilled asparagus and new potatoes. Enjoy!
1 ½ pounds salmon fillet
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Soak one 12 x 7 inch (30 x 18 cm) untreated cedar plank in water for 30 minutes or for up to 24 hours; place salmon on top.
In small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper; brush half over salmon.
Place plank on grill over medium-high heat, and close the lid. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, brushing once halfway through the cooking time with the remaining maple mixture. The fish will be done when it flakes easily when cut into. Halve the salmon lengthwise, and then cut crosswise into 6 slices. Transfer to serving platter.
If you can’t do this outside, bake the planks in a 425 degree oven for about 12 minutes.
Note about planks – Make sure the wooden plank you are using is food grade compatible, and has not been treated with any chemicals. You can purchase these at grocery stores. Be wary of buying planks at hardware stores, as they may have been treated (for use in construction, not food).