Plank Smoked Salmon with Grilled Pepper Relish

Plank Smoked Salmon with Grilled Pepper Relish
8 servings
Serving Size:
3 3/4 ounces salmon and 3 tablespoons sweet pepper mixture
1 1/2 cups sweet pepper mixture
25 mins
1 hr
1 hr
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Plank Smoked Salmon with Grilled Pepper Relish

2 pound fresh or frozen salmon fillet with skin
grill plank (15x6 1/2x3/8-inch), such as alder or cedar*
cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
cup balsamic vinegar
tablespoons honey
tablespoon grated fresh ginger
teaspoon crushed red pepper
red, yellow, and/or orange sweet peppers
tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
teaspoons olive oil
teaspoons balsamic vinegar
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
cup thinly bias-sliced green onions


  1. Thaw salmon if frozen. Rinse salmon; pat dry with paper towels and set aside. Soak the grill plank in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling.
  2. For marinade, in a small bowl combine soy sauce, the 1/4 cup vinegar, the honey, ginger, and crushed red pepper. Place salmon in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over salmon. Seal bag; turn bag to coat salmon with marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally. (Marinating longer will give the fish too strong a flavor.) Remove salmon from the marinade; discard marinade.
  3. For a gas or charcoal grill, grill sweet peppers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until blistered and charred, turning occasionally. Wrap peppers in foil, folding edges together to enclose peppers; let stand for 15 minutes. Using a sharp knife, loosen edges of skins; gently pull off skins in strips and discard. Chop peppers into 1/2-inch pieces, discarding stems, seeds, and membranes.
  4. While peppers are standing, place plank on the rack of the uncovered grill directly over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until plank begins to crackle and smoke. Place salmon fillet, skin side down, on grill plank. Cover and grill for 18 to 22 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.
  5. In a medium bowl stir together the chopped sweet peppers, the basil, olives, olive oil, the 2 teaspoons vinegar, the salt, and black pepper.
  6. Sprinkle salmon with green onions and serve with the sweet pepper mixture.

From the Test Kitchen

Salmon Cakes:

Chill half of the smoked salmon (about 15 ounces cooked salmon). In a large bowl beat 1 egg with a fork; stir in 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs, 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, and 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or cilantro. Using two forks, flake the chilled smoked salmon into small pieces. Add flaked salmon to bread crumb mixture; stir to combine. Using your hands, shape mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick cakes. In a very large skillet heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Arrange salmon cakes in a single layer in the skillet. Cook about 8 minutes or until done (an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of each cake registers 160 degrees F) and lightly browned, turning once halfway through cooking time. For topping, in a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Serve topping over salmon cakes. Makes 4 servings.

Per salmon cake: 379 calories, 25 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 27 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 127 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 8% Vitamin A, 5% Vitamin C, 264 mg sodium, 6% calcium, 9% iron


Look for a grill plank in the grilling supplies section of hardware and home supply stores.

Nutrition Facts

(Plank Smoked Salmon with Grilled Pepper Relish)
    Per serving:
  • 196 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 62 mg chol.,
  • 197 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 3 g sugar,
  • 23 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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