cedar plank salmon

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Old Bay

Another great summer recipe, this one is seasoned with Old Bay, my husband’s favorite seasoning.

According to Saveur Magazine, Old Bay was created by Gustav Brunn, a German Jewish spice merchant who was arrested and sent to a concentration camp in 1938. His wife somehow managed to secure his release and the Brunns sailed for America, spice grinder in hand.

The family ended up in Baltimore where he was hired at McCormick spice company. Three days later – when they realized he didn’t speak English – he was fired, and decided to go into business by himself. By 1940 the savory blend – which screams summer – was born.

Brunn sold his company to Smith Corona Machines in 1985 and in 1990 the McCormick Company acquired and still holds the secret recipe for Old Bay. Brunn’s original recipe which is a combination of celery, salt, mustard, pepper, bay leaves, cloves, pimento, ginger, mace, cardamom, cinnamon and paprika, has never changed.

1 1/2 pounds salmon
juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon olive oil
Old Bay seasoning

Soak cedar plank in water for 1 to 2 hours.

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Rub the flesh side of the salmon with lemon juice and olive and drizzle generously with Old Bay. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Put salmon on the plank, skin side down and grill, covered, until salmon is cooked through and the edges are browned, about 15 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6

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