Written By Jennifer Danter Edibles / Recipes Jun 5, 2014 Smoke ‘n Spice: You Haven’t Had Salmon Like This. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSmoke, spice and everything nice – that’s what a good barbecue is made of. Grilling with wood adds depth of flavour to anything on the barbecue. The scented smoke stretches and rounds out the rich fatty flavours of whatever you’re cooking. Add in fiery chilies or something spicy for seasoning and call yourself the pit master.The pros and cons of grilling with wood is that it requires time: slow burn for big flavour. Trouble is, I don’t always have the time. What’s a girl to do? Put on your big pants and grab a plank. Cedar wood is an obvious and easy choice – it is available at most grocery stores, and it’s a fragrant favourite. Simply soak plank in water for a few hours before using to ensure a smoky burn without bursting into flames. This Thai-inspired marinade is a good match for meaty halibut, salmon and big fat scallops.Ingredients¼ cup Thai coconut milk1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste1 Tbsp fish sauce1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger1 Tbsp lime juice1 Tbsp brown sugar1 Tbsp vegetable oilPinches of dried chilies (optional)1.5 kg wild salmon, halibut fillet or 12 to 16 large sea scallops1 large cedar plank, soaked In a bowl, whisk coconut milk with curry paste, fish sauce, ginger, lime juice, sugar and oil. Add chilies too, if using.Place fish in a baking dish just large enough to hold it. Pour marinade over top and turn fish to evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. If using scallops, marinate up to 30 minutes. Strain and discard marinade.Meanwhile, be sure to soak wooden plank. Place in a bucket and weigh down with a damp towel (one you don’t really care about) or a plate. Allow at least 3 hours. Preheat barbecue to medium-high.Place fish on plank, skin-side down. If using scallops, leave space between each so they aren’t touching. Place plank on one half of the grill. Reduce heat under plank-side to medium-low and leave the other side set to medium-high. Grill, covered, until fish is just firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Grill scallops just until cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. Keep an eye on the plank. If it starts to flame, spray with water.When fish is almost done, turn barbecue off but leave lid closed. Let fish rest 5 minutes, then remove to a platter.Top It RightDish up with a creamy, stir-together pineapple and basil sauce. Boil down 1 cup pineapple juice along with 1 minced garlic clove to form a glaze. Remove pan from heat. Finely chop 4 to 6 large basil leaves, then stir into glaze. When cool, whisk in ½ cup mayo. Season with pinches of salt and ground black pepper. Scrape into a serving bowl. Lick spoon! – Photography by Seanna Nichol SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Jennifer Danter Let’s get to know each other: I’m a food writer, recipe developer and food stylist. I love to cook. I really love to eat. Better yet, it’s my pleasure to make it look good too. I am the consummate table-setter: I adore ... Read More You may also like Food News October 26, 2023 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale – November 24 & 25, 2023 For the ninth year in a row, Rancho Vignola is setting up its Vancouver Island Harvest Sale here at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Many of you ... Read More Recipes July 3, 2023 May|June Cover Recipe : Polenta Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote and Lemon Mascarpone Cream A creative take on traditional strawberry ... Read More Recipes March 6, 2023 March April Cover Recipe : Lemony Leek Cod Cakes The unpretentious and delicious fish cake gets an upgrade with chunks of fresh cod, tangy lemon zest, and creamy, sautéed ... Read More Main course / Recipes / Salad November 1, 2022 Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Steak Salad All the flavours of southeast Asia are contained in this colourful, crunchy, and protein-rich ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — A Memory of Lemon Pudding Sweet Endings September ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — Chocolate Custard Cake Sweet Endings September ... Read More Comments are closed.