This Cedar Plank Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce is the best way to grill up your salmon filets, and the basil cream sauce is going to blow you away!
Salmon is a fish that I think takes some getting used to.
My boys absolutely love it, in fact they’ll order it in a restaurant almost every time they see it. My little guy was so excited when we were in Disney World at the California Grill that they actually had salmon on the “kids menu”…no chicken fingers for him that night.
But for me, I’m working my way into liking salmon. I love salmon burgers as a good swap out for beef, but it’s still not a dinner that’s very high on my list.
One taste of this Cedar Plank Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce pretty much changed my mind. And I think it might change yours too if you’re not a fan of the fish…
The basil cream sauce is where it’s at for this recipe. You could even throw the salmon filets in the oven or pan fry them as long as you make this sauce and it’s going to be amazing. But the cedar plank on the grill does give another level of flavor here – it smokes the fish and flavors it with cedar as you’re grilling it. And since we grabbed our cedar planks at the grocery store for about 5 bucks for two…I think we’ll be making this a lot.
It starts out really simple, just salt, pepper and olive oil on the salmon then place them on your cedar planks. You have to soak the cedar for a couple of hours before hand so they don’t burn, just try and remember that step before it’s too close to dinner time…
The salmon grills for about 15 minutes, this is what it looks like right before you pull it off the grill…
Then you just top it with a big spoonful of that basil cream sauce and that’s it – a total gourmet dinner in less than 15 minutes.
Oh – wait, what – the sauce?
Yep, that only takes about 3 minutes to make right in your blender. That’s right – you’re blender. This is a no-cook basil cream sauce.
Just add fresh basil, garlic, olive oil lemon juice and cream to your blender. The sauce is thick, but once you place a scoop on your hot salmon filet it melts all over.
Don’t worry when you refrigerate it and it hardens up on you, it’ll melt again whenever you put it on anything hot. It’s almost like a flavored butter that people put on steaks, but this one you make it right in your blender.
Nice, right? And, yes. Definitely use this sauce to top your steak too.
Or that grilled chicken or pork or any other fish you might be eating…it’s going to make whatever you’re eating taste a million times better.
Let me know if you can get one of your non-salmon loving family members or friends to try this…I bet you’ll be making it for them again!
- (4) 6 oz. salmon filets
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- 2 cedar planks
For the Basil Cream Sauce
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil.
- Place on the cedar planks and grill over medium heat (about 375) for 12-13 minutes.