June 18, 2009

Cedar Plank Rainbow Trout

My grandpa could carry a tune, ride horses, tie knots, fish, hunt, cook, & cut his own firewood. If he were a young man now he would be the perfect candidate for some silly Survivor show or Man Vs. Wild. He was one of those rugged types, self-sufficient, the kind who knows a thing or two about living in the woods and hunting for his own food.

As a child I wasn't much of a fish fan, Rainbow Trout was the only fish that I seemed to truly enjoy; the fresh and delicate flavor, not too "fishy," perfect for kids. Growing up, we spent summers on Lake Sheridan, in British Columbia, at Grandpa's cabin. Fishing, swimming, catching frogs, climbing trees and running with our boxers, Brandy and Jon Jon.

Preparing and eating this meal takes me back to those long summer days.
The smoke from the cedar planks echos the scent of Grandpa's smoker and the fish.....well that's a given.

Grilled Cedar Plank Rainbow Trout

Serves 4

1 untreated cedar plank
4 (6-8ounce) rainbow trout fillets
1 lemon
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Soak the cedar plank in water for at least one hour prior to grilling.
Preheat the grill to Medium High.
Place the cedar plank on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side until you begin to hear a crackle and pop.
Season the trout with sea salt and pepper, place on the prepared plank and close the grill lid. Let cook until fillets are opaque and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes. Squeeze the lemon over the fish and serve on the plank.

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