Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon and Summer Kitchen Reveal

Yesterday we finally completed our small summer kitchen. We’ve spent several weekends working on this project, from planning, to framing, to the woodwork, the tiling and the plumbing. A few weeks ago, when we moved into our new home, this is what we started with, just a shell.

And this is what we’ve done.  For the most part, the project went pretty smoothly, until right at the end. When we went to hook up the water to an existing pipe, we found out that the house had been re-plumbed (and this line had been cut off) sometime after the previous summer kitchen had been removed from the area, so no water for us. We ended up having to run a water line about 60 feet around from the front of the house. I was left in charge of digging the trench, and burying the pipe.

We used a Weber Genesis Grill, removed it’s little wings, and used it the same way you would a slide in stove in your home. This saved a lot of money over a built-in stove and will make grill replacement that much easier when the time comes. My husband secured the grill in place, and then added a small piece of cedar on the bottom to make it look more built-in and hide it’s wheels. We framed out the cabinets with pressure treated lumber and then made doors out of cedar. For the counters, I used a tile that is made to look like slate. Then we added a small bar sink.

Here’s a picture taken at night, you can really see the grain of the wood better.

Lastly, I added a wall hanging in the center that picks up the brown from the grill and some of the blue from the slate tile. We’re going to let the cedar age naturally, so in a year or so this area will have a whole new look with the beautiful gray hues of aged and weathered cedar.

To celebrate the end of this project, we made cedar planked salmon. I used the Copper River King salmon we had frozen that we had brought back from Seattle, but any salmon will do.

Yield: 1 serving

Cedar Planked Salmon

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Cook Time:   15 minutes    Total Time:   20 minutes


1 salmon filet per person (We used Copper River King Salmon)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt per filet
cedar grilling board


Preheat grill over low heat. Sprinkle sea salt over salmon and place on cedar board. Grill for approximately 15 minutes or until opaque throughout and flaky.

Garnish with lemon and butter if desired.

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