You know how some things are so fad-like that you never want to touch them until years later when people aren’t really interested in them anymore? That’s kind of what I feel about cooking fish on planks. Planking is so… well… 1997 Emeril.
Still, what is old is new again, and just because I deem it so, it’s cool. It’s also a way to add a lot of flavor to a dish without adding a lot of extra calories in the process.
This weekend we visited our friends the Liebermans on Long Island. Mark Lieberman is my oldest friend, who I’ve known for 30 years. He was my best man at my wedding way back when, so when he tells me we have to come over and eat his planked fish, well, then I guess we better.
If you don’t plank, you’re gonna walk the… well you know.
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Fish is brushed with Olive Oil and then seasoned with a fish spice rub. Here we have Tilapia and Orange Roughy (Top, Bottom)
Mark likes Bad Byron’s Jubilee, which is a seasoning blend in the Cajun or Redneck Riviera style. It worked great with the fish.
Cameo is preparing to pounce on his prey.
I planned to simply sear the Tuna, with a Pampered Palate Garlic and Pepper rub.
We planned to accompany the fish with basket grilled Haricot Vert with a Tamari/Sesame/Olive Oil/Salt and Pepper seasoning and chopped Garlic Scapes.
As well as a nice salad.
And a Bean and Brown Rice Salad Rachel brought.
We thought we would start off with some Lamb Sausages though.
The Master of his Domain.
Planking time — LIGHTLY paint the planks with some olive oil. If you add too much, they’ll ignite.
Then season with your fish rub.
Place the fish on the planks.
Close the hatch and check back in a few minutes.
Haricots Vert are done!
Mmmmm. Lamb Sausage.
After the other fish was done cooking, it was removed to a platter and I seared the Tuna and sliced it up.
This was served over salad greens, a squeeze of lemon juice and some Tamari soy sauce.
Okay, so when do I get my piece of the action?
An ideal dessert for a 4th of July weekend.