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baking seafood using cedar "planks" ?

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Please tell us of your experiences using these to bake fish.

Are they re-usable?

Worth the effort?

Your comments please, and thank you!

edit: interested in oven use particularly

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  1. Not sure about using planks in the oven. However, absolutely THE perfect way to do salmon on the grill. Not reusable -- it's a one-shot kinda deal as the planks scorch and smolder. I just lay slices of lemon and fresh herbs under the salmon filet .. some more of the same on top and set it onto the grill with the lid shut. The cedar plank smokes over the heat, imparting a wonderful taste! Hard to go wrong with this method of preparing salmon. Haven't tried anything else on the planks.

    1. I use the planks in the oven (preheat 15 minutes before placing fish on top). I also scrub and re-use them until they look a little too nasty. Works great, and you don't have to soak them first.

      1. I have heavy cedar planks from NapaStyle. I soak them for 24 hours and use them in the oven for broiling fish.Have reused them many times.

          1. re: Quine

            yes, I'd been to that thead; I should have linked to it in my query.

            Was asking for additional oven-use experiences. Although I remember 'planking' from a decades-old Sunset magazine article (outside over a wood fire on the beach), many people are just getting started with this technique. So more info is definitely a 'good thing'.

          2. Some planks are reusable, some are not. We have reused the ones from Costco a couple of times before discarding. Have never tried in the oven, always on the bbq. For a different twist, try halibut instead of salmon .