This Cedar Plank Grilled Fish is an easy grilled whole fish recipe that is cooked on a cedar plank over and open flame.
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I love a good fish recipe any time of the year but the summer is my favorite because in the summer I get to enjoy fresh caught fish. There is nothing better! Last summer I shared one of my favorite styles of cooking fish here and today I’ve got a new recipe for you that uses the grill.
I caught this beauty on Memorial Day weekend. We went night fishing on a bridge and as soon as I dropped my line in the water I hooked’em. I have been wanting to try grilling a whole fish and since this one fit my cedar plank perfectly I figured I would give it a try.
This is as simple as it gets when it comes to cooking fish. Once the fish is cleaned you stuff it with fresh lemon slices and fresh parsley. Then I like to season the inside with some garlic powder, paprika, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. I also rub olive oil on the top of the fish. It’s light and simple and brings out the fresh flavor of the fish. This time I grilled my fish on a cedar plank over an open flame.
The first step is preparing your cedar plank by soaking it in water for several hours. I also like to rub oil on the plank. Then start up the grill and heat it to a medium heat. Place the whole fish on your pre-soaked and oiled plank then place the planks over indirect heat . Depending on the type of fish and thickness cooking time will vary. You can also cook fillets like this and just place the lemon underneath and or on top depending on how lemony you like it. Grill the fish with the cover down for 10-15 mins or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 120 degrees F.
You can’t beat the presentation of a whole fish. Some eat the head, personally I don’t. If having the head on it creeps you out, just remove it before you grill it.
- 1 Cedar plank
- 1-2 pounds Fish cleaned
- 1 Lemon cut into slices
- 3 Sprigs of parsley
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1 pinch of pepper
- 1 pinch of paprika
- 1 pinch of garlic powder
Preheat the grill to high.
Rub pre-soaked plank with olive oil.
Place whole fish on plank.
Season inside of the fish with sea salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder.
Stuff inside of fish with lemon slices and parsley.
Grill 10-14 minutes on a covered grill for optimum smoke.
*The key is to make sure the grill is good and hot!
I’m hoping to go out again in August on a charter boat, so keep an eye out for another fish recipe!