Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon


Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

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

 

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. 

 

 

Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

 

 

Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

 

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

 

Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon in the smoker on a pineapple plank?! Yes, please. This salmon turned out fantastic!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon
Servings: 4 People
Author: Ally Wolf
Ingredients
Salmon:
  • 1 whole side of Salmon
  • 1 Pineapple sliced into 3 planks
  • Chopped Scallions for garnish
  • Sesame Seeds for garnish
Seasoning:
  • 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
Teriyaki Sauce:
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Preheat your grill/smoked for indirect two zone cooking at 350F.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. About 5 minutes before pulling your salmon off, glaze the salmon with the sauce. Let caramelize and then pull off the grill.
  6. Garnish with sesame seeds, scallions and enjoy!

12 thoughts on “Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon”

  1. Avatar for Denise Waits Denise Waits says:

    I absolutely love your channel and your cooking. You inspire me to step my game up as a Chef and get into outdoor cooking a lot more. Thank you for your inspiration!

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      Cheers!!!

  2. Avatar for Danny adams Danny adams says:

    Aw

    some recipe eyes and taste

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      Heck yeah!

  3. Avatar for Pralez Pralez says:

    Can this be done in the oven?

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      Of course!

  4. Avatar for Paul Atreides Paul Atreides says:

    What type of wood do you use in the smoker for this recipe?

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      I like cherry wood!

  5. Avatar for Paul Atreides Paul Atreides says:

    Which type of wood do you use to smoke the salmon for this recipe?

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      I like cherry!

  6. Avatar for Ryan Ryan says:

    Looks delicious, really want to try it but I would do it on a Traeger and I’m not sure the indirect heat is possible. How would you alter the cooking instructions? Thanks!

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      The indirect should be easily done on a traeger. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

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