Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon in the smoker on a pineapple plank?! Yes, please! I’ve got to give credit to Cal Reynolds from @calwillcookit for this one. He used the pineapple as a smoking plank and I thought it was so cool that I had to give it a try. This salmon turned out fantastic! I seasoned it with a super secret seasoning I could potentially be working on with Spiceology right now… hint hint. Then topped the salmon with some homemade teriyaki sauce. Incredible. Keep reading for all the details.
Sweet Pineapple Planks
What’s the main pain point for you when it comes to cooking fish? Maybe you’re a master and there are no pain points. However, for the rest of us, it’s probably that fish is so quick to stick to the grill grate. Don’t let this deter you from grilling fish! There are so many cool tricks to solve this issue, and that’s exactly what these pineapple planks do for this Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon. A lot of the time you’ll see people smoke seafood on a cedar plank (which I love) or place the seafood on a bed of lemons (which I also love). However, for this recipe we’re really branching out and using pineapple.
Don’t have a pineapple handy? Try our cast iron skillet salmon instead!
I started the recipe by prepping my pineapple planks. I took one large pineapple and cut it into three planks. I’d recommend cutting the outside of both end planks so that it will lay flat on the grill. When the sweet pineapple planks are ready, place them on the grill grate directly over the coals. I did this to caramelize the pineapple before placing the salmon on them.
It’s important to note that for this Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon recipe I only dumped coals on one side of the grill. It still allows me to sear the pineapple planks, but will also allow me to cook the salmon with indirect heat by placing it on the opposite side of the grill (away from the coals). This will help cook the salmon slower, keeping it tender and super juicy. It also gives the salmon time to soak in some of that smokey flavor that we all know and love.
Will Swim for Sweet Salmon
Transfer the pineapple planks to the opposite side of the grill once they’ve caramelized. Next comes the salmon. Before placing the salmon on the grill we’ll want to season it. I used this next level, super delicious and highly inventive – yet sweetly familiar – flavored seasoning. It only sounds so awesome because it is!! For now, I can’t share this seasoning with you. But… soon…
So for now, I wrote up some ingredients you can use to make a seasoning that pairs well with this Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon recipe. Season the salmon and then lay it across your sweet pineapple planks. Now, we’ll leave it here to smoke for about an hour. Up next, teriyaki!
Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon Time
While the salmon is smoking, mix all the teriyaki ingredients in a cast iron sauce bowl. I did this pretty early on in the smoking process because everything is better if it’s simmered together.
When you’re about 10 minutes out from the salmon being done, lather that filet down with that teriyaki sauce! Then, with the help of my wife, we transferred the pineapple planks with the salmon to a large serving dish. I garnished my salmon with some scallions and sesame seeds. We ate ours right off the pineapple planks. Best enjoyed with friends and family! Cheers!
Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon
- 1 whole side of Salmon
- 1 Pineapple sliced into 3 planks
- Chopped Scallions for garnish
- Sesame Seeds for garnish
- 1 tbsp of Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp of Kosher Salt
- 1.5 tsp of Black Pepper
- 1.5 tsp of Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp of Cayenne Powder
- 1/2 cup of Soy Sauce
- 3 tbsp of Water + 1 tbsp of Cornstarch
- 1.5 tbsp of Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp of Pineapple Juice
- 1 tbsp of Honey
- 2 tsp of Ginger Paste
- 2 tsp of Garlic Paste
- Begin by slicing your pineapple from top down into three equal slices (remove the rounded edges to prevent rocking). Next, mix together the seasoning, lather your salmon with oil and season thoroughly.
- Preheat your grill/smoked for indirect two zone cooking at 350F.
- Sear off both sides of the pineapple for a nice char, then pull them over to the cool side of the grill to make a “plank”. Add your salmon to the pineapples and cook until 135F internal or for about 1 hour.
- About halfway through your cooking of the salmon, preheat a skillet on the direct side of the grill for your sauce. Add all the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce and mix. Let simmer until the sauce has reduced by half or is at your desired thickness.
- About 5 minutes before pulling your salmon off, glaze the salmon with the sauce. Let caramelize and then pull off the grill.
- Garnish with sesame seeds, scallions and enjoy!
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