Cedar Plank Salmon and Spaghetti Squash

Welcome Kelly Stilwell from Virtually Yours.  Kelly is taking over my virtual kitchen for the day while I am exploring NYC with my daughter.  My family loves New York City, so I’m sure you’re in for stories about all our adventures.  Here are some pictures from our last trip: NYC Spring Break and NYC 2009.  As I said, we love New York City!  This is the first time my daughter and I are flying there alone together (she’s 10!) and we’re staying in some pretty nice hotels, so we are super excited!  Meanwhile… a big thank you to Kelly for contributing this post.

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Salmon and spaghetti squash are two of my favorite combinations. I make it with a creamy pink sauce, and it has been my go-to dish for years. The problem is, my family is tired of it. I have wanted to try cedar-plank salmon for ages. I was part of a huge fundraiser for several years when I lived in Maryland, and each year we had this fabulous restaurant that would bring their amazing cedar-plank salmon. I finally decided it was time to try this way of preparing my favorite fish, and I’m so glad I did!

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Cedar Plank Salmon and Spaghetti Squash
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Ingredients
  • Cedar Plank
  • 4 medium pieces Sockeye Salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. The spaghetti squash is so easy to prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the outside of the squash. As the outside of the squash can be pretty tough, you'll need a sharp knife. Cut the squash in half and, with a spoon (a grapefruit spoon is ideal), scrape out the seeds until the squash is clean. Place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake the squash for 30 minutes.
  2. While squash is cooking, you can prepare the salmon. Cover of each piece of fish generously with lemon pepper. Sprinkle a pinch of Cajun seasoning over each piece. If you like spice, add a pinch more!

 

Cedar Plank Salmon and Spaghetti Squash

First, you have to purchase a cedar plank. They are not expensive, and I found them right in the cooking utensil isle at my local grocery store. The brand I bought had two planks in the package. I was surprised that the plank just looks like a thin piece of wood. Of course, it’s not just any wood, it’s cedar.

Cedar plank salmon The plank has to soak for at least an hour. Personally, I don’t think that was long enough based on the flames coming from our grill! I will soak it for two hours in the future. Just fill your sink with enough water to submerge the plank.

cedar plank salmon

The spaghetti squash is so easy to prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the outside of the squash. As the outside of the squash can be pretty tough, you’ll need a sharp knife. Cut the squash in half and, with a spoon (a grapefruit spoon is ideal), scrape out the seeds until the squash is clean. Place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake the squash for 30 minutes.

While squash is cooking, you can prepare the salmon. Cover of each piece of fish generously with lemon pepper. Sprinkle a pinch of Cajun seasoning over each piece. If you like spice, add a pinch more!

salmon and spaghetti squash

Place the cedar plank on the grill for about a minute. Flip the plank over, placing the salmon on the heated plank. Grill for 20 to 30 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Using a knife, slip under the skin to remove. It should peel off easily. Cover salmon to keep warm.

Once the squash has cooled enough to handle it (about 5 minutes) shred the strands from the outer shell. You might be surprised to see how much squash you are able to get out of that shell! Once the shell is clean, add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the squash.

cedar plank salmon and spaghetti squash

Place about 3/4 cup of spaghetti squash on each plate, and top with fish.

lCedar Plank Salmon with Spaghetti Squash

This is such an elegant presentation, and I always get rave reviews! Salmon and spaghetti squash were made for each other!

A salad rounds out the meal perfectly. Enjoy!

Kelly Stilwell is a wife and mom of two teenagers. She blogs at Virtually Yours (www.kellystilwell.com) where you’ll find articles on family travel, food, entertainment, and lots of giveaways!

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