Plank Grilling Tips

Harry Aldrich's 10 steps for plank success

Grilling with planks
Photo: Brit Huckabay

Cedar is an excellent source of smoky essence. The hotter the grill, the better the smolder.

Soak the plank before using to keep the fish moist.

If the fillet is skinless, lightly spray vegetable cooking spray on the plank.

After placing your choice of plank on the grill, cover grill immediately.

Cedar planks may catch fire on the edges. Don't panic--it's not time to put a pizza in the oven. Keep a spray bottle handy, or douse lightly with water.

Test your fish by poking it with your index finger. Test the thickest part. Rare is soft, and medium is perfect. If it's hard, put in a pizza.

Remove the entire plank from the grill. The edges will be charred, brittle, and smoldering. Use a pair of oven mitts and a spatula to remove the plank and place on a fireproof serving platter or a cookie sheet.

If you are serving fillets, cut them into serving-size pieces, then carefully slide the spatula between the skin and meat.Serve from the plank.

Do not reuse disposable planks.

Do not eat the plank. It takes incredible quantities of water, wine, or beer to wash down any size portion.

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