Tomato Basil Butter Cedar Plank Salmon

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I am all about Salmon, I am all about compound butters on salmon, and I am DEFINITELY all about cedar plank salmon! Recently I was craving italian food and I had fresh basil and fresh tomatoes from my families garden. I felt like this was the perfect time for a little experiment! I melted some butter and used and immursion blender to mix together some delicious flavors into that butter. Then, I coated the salmon in this butter before grilling it on a cedar plank! IT WAS WAY BETTER THAN I EVEN EXPECTED! I mean I was wowed! It was absolutely delicious!

Equipment for this recipe:

  • Grill
  • Cedar Plank
  • Immursion Blender
  • Microwave
  • Medium Bowl
  • Basting Brush

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • Salmon
  • Salted Butter
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Other Cedar Plank Salmon Variations:

Cedar Plank Dill Butter Salmon

Cedar Plank Dill Butter Salmon is very similar to this recipe except it gets it acidity from lemon juice instead of tomatoes and the herb of choice is dill. It is also a delicious variation of this recipe.

Why the cedar plank?

Cedar Planks have been used in cooking Salmon since the Native Americans. Isn’t that cool? This technique has been used for centuries to add flavor in cooking fish. Some people may argue that and say that the Scandinavians invented this method, but I like to think that it was started right here on American soil. AND since we can’t prove who invented it first, I guess we can say it was a tie! Over time planking fish or salmon evolved into Native Americans building smoke houses or huts to obtain more of a smoked flavor. It is amazing how using cedar planks and smoking food has evolved over time. Now you can simply get on Amazon and order some cooking cedar planks and they will be here in 2 days. CRAZY!

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