This is the west coast at its best! I don’t have a BBQ at my apartment so any chance I can get to use one, I make it happen! I was visiting Ucluelet, in beautiful British Columbia, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, around 4 hours drive away from Victoria for a little weekend getaway. It was a stormy and beautiful day and nothing seemed better than cooking some fish on the BBQ and listening to the waves. The resort cabin I was staying in is part of Wya Point, which has cabins, campsites and even yurts! Check them out at https://www.wyapoint.com/ . Depending on the season, Ucluelet and Tofino have some amazing fresh seafood, like halibut, lingcod, oysters and of course salmon!
I wanted to keep this meal simple. Let the freshness of the fish and the smoke from the BBQ and cedar wood speak for themselves. Please enjoy!
What you’ll need:
two cedar planks
fish, I used salmon fillets and grey cod fillets
salt and pepper
1) Soak the planks in cold water for at least 30 minutes but over an hour is good too!
2) Preheat your BBQ to around 300-350F, medium heat, depending on your BBQ.
3) Marinade your fish fillets in a mix of lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil and parsley.
4) Once your planks are soaked, place your marinaded fish on them and transfer to your hot BBQ. There’s no need to turn the fish over at any point, it will cook evenly on the wood.
5) Cook for 10-15 minutes. Check after 10, depending on the thickness of your fillets. This is a pretty forgiving cooking method as it keeps the fish moist.
6) I served the fish with a variety of vegetables, including grilled asparagus and peppers, pan fried potatoes, grilled lemon and a simple salad of radishes in balsamic vinegar.
7) Bon appetit!
Thanks for stopping by,
The Simmering Pot