Cedar Planked Salmon
No, planks are not an exercise for salmon at the gym, frankly they don’t need the workout. Although salmon are, shall we say… pleasingly plump, they got all the muscling up they needed, on their marathon migration home. We now gratefully stand at the finish line to honor and congratulate. Welcome back wild salmon!
This “wild ones” season, Salty’s is making the effort to treat our salmon with the utmost respect. We are going back to our local roots for inspiration. The native people, who first fished these shores, cooked this delicacy using cedar boards, smoke and care to make salmon it’s most delicious. This became the inspiration for today’s cedar plank cooking.
Western red cedar grows naturally in our region and makes a perfect surface for cooking salmon. This month our chefs are going to extraordinary lengths to plank our salmon. First, they are spicing and brining, then air drying to cure, then cold smoking the salmon. THEN they are infusing the planks with water, then placing the salmon onboard and then slowly baking. Our chefs have their own marathon! The end result is a meltingly luscious blend of natural flavors. LINK (cedar plank salmon)
All this, to get you to eat salmon. Of all the foods in the world my friends, salmon is one of the best for you. Maybe THE best. And perhaps it’s due to all the muscling up they did on that marathon swim. Yes, we known that salmon is full of good fat and that fat is full of omega three fatty acids. Those fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help control oxidative stress, which is so important for your health. But here is something that you may not have heard, there are anti-inflammatory properties in salmon muscle too. Newer research is telling us that salmon muscle proteins contain bioactive peptides, which perform a myriad of important healthful functions. These include antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-diabetes, antihypertension and general antioxidant functions. For example, one of these protein peptides is called calcitonin. Calcitonin provides support to joints and tissues. It helps fortify and regulate collagen and minerals in our bones and keeps us strong and painlessly in motion.
With the powerful anti-oxidant abilities of salmon fat, muscled up with its bioactive protein, we have a powerfully nutritious combination. And frankly, a lot to thank the salmon for.
So, during this very special season when wild salmon is fresh and available, find every reason you can to get to the salmon gym. Chef Jeremy has some great ideas to help inspire you. Exercise your option right here.
It’s all good for you. The food, the flavor and the fun of the season. Please know you are invited to Salty’s to work out your celebration at our “wild one’s festival”. Come welcome back fresh wild salmon with us.
Plank you very much.