Now You’re Cooking with Cedar
Cedar Roofing: Durable, Sustainable…Edible?
With summer grilling season in full swing, we thought we would share a few of our favorite recipes.
Okay, so the shakes and shingles themselves aren’t edible but they DO add flavor to all manner of grilled foods. Cedar plank grilling is a common method used in the Pacific Northwest where cedar is abundant – the Cedar Roof Company team was treated to a wonderful meal grilled using this method while touring the Waldun cedar mill near Vancouver – but cedar planks can be purchased in many fine cooking stores.
Waldun is known for using only the finest quality cedar, sustainably harvested and hand-shaped so we were assured that our cedar was free of any chemicals; cedar is naturally rot-resistant and requires no treatments before installation. You can’t say that about other roofing materials, often made of asphalt and plastic, and you certainly would not want to eat anything that came in contact with them!
To grill with cedar, the planks are typically soaked in water, sometimes with other flavoring agents added, to prevent them from burning, the food is laid on the wood and together they are placed on the pre-heated grill where the heat and flame help to bring out the cedars natural flavors and infuse it into the foods. We found cedar grilling planks at our local Whole Foods in Wayne and followed the link for more information, including this recipe:
Cedar Planked Salmon is a classic here in the Pacific Northwest. The fragrant flavor of the Cedar pairs perfectly with the delicate salmon. That’s why we tried to keep this recipe pretty simple – no fancy ingredients needed. All it takes is a Cedar grilling plank and 4 easy ingredients!
Total Time: 20 Minutes
- 5 x 11″ Cedar Plank
- 1 (2-pounds) Salmon Fillet, with skin
- 2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
- Salt & Pepper
- Soak Cedar Plank in water for 1 hour, keeping it immersed.
- Preheat grill to 400°F.
- Place salmon on plank, skin side down; sprinkle with brown sugar, salt and pepper.
- Grill with the lid closed for 12-15 minutes.
- Have a spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups.
- Remove from grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Who knew roofing could be so tasty! Want more recipes? Head to the Recipes Section of Wildwood Grilling. Want more information on cedar roofing? Visit our website and learn about our services including Installation, Preservation, Repair and Real Estate Consultations.