Illustrations by Matthew Brennan, photo by CIA/Keith FerrisIn our ongoing video series, watch a demonstration of a classic Pacific Northwestern recipe for cedar-planked salmon, prepared by The Culinary Institute of America's Chef Michael Garnero.
In this video, The Culinary Institute of America's Chef Michael Garnero, associate professor in culinary arts, shows us how to make cedar-planked salmon from the Pacific Northwest of the United States. In this cooking technique, which stems from Native American traditions, the fish is cooked on a piece of cedar wood, which imparts a subtle sweet and smoky flavor to the fish. Be sure to choose a plank designed for cooking -- you can find wood planks at cookware stores and online from sources such as cooking.com. Also make sure you select top-quality fish for this showstopping dish, such as the famous wild salmon of Oregon's Rogue River and Tillamook Bay. Unfortunately, wild salmon stocks in much of the Pacific Northwest have been depleted recently and there have been bans on fishing in some areas. A reputable fishmonger can help you choose the best available wild or farmed salmon -- for you and for the environment. For more information about choosing seafood, visit oceansalive.org and Seafood Watch. Serve the salmon with the mustard mashed potatoes suggested in the recipe or with your favorite seasonal sides.
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Megan O. Steintrager is a senior editor at Epicurious.com. She has worked as a writer and editor at Epicurious since the late '90s. Steintrager holds a master's in journalism from New York University with a concentration in Cultural Reporting and Criticism, and has taken numerous cooking classes at New York 's Institute for Culinary Education and the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. She has worked as a writer and editor for ConsumerReports.org, Restaurant Business magazine, and Spin.com, and has been published in Self, Brides, and Time Out New York, among other print and online publications.
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