Cedar Plank Salmon Fish Sticks with Pickled Watermelon Rind

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Preparation Time 15 minutes (+ marinating time) Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $3.65
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1 large fillet (about 1kg)Wild Sockeye Salmon, cut into 1 inch wide strips
3 tbspMaple Syrup
1/2 tbspLight Soy Sauce
1 tbspRice Wine Vinegar
2Scallions (green onion), finely sliced
1/2 cupPanko Bread Crumbs
1/4 cupPuffed Millet or Rice (optional)
1 tbspSeasame Seeds, toasted
Pickled Watermelon Rind
1 cupWatermelon Rind, tough outer green part peeled off, white part thinly sliced
1/2 cupCarrot, thinly sliced
1/4 cupRed Onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cupWhite Vinegar
1/2 cupWater
2 tbspPickling Spices (bay leaves, mustard seeds, dill seed, corinader seed, black peppercorns, chili flakes)


  1. If you are baking the fish on a cedar plank, submerge the plank in water and soak for about an hour before using.
  2. Place the sliced salmon in a dish. Add your maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and scallions to a bowl and mix well. Pour over your salmon strips. Let marinate for 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Add your panko bread crumbs, puffed millet, and sesame seeds to a dish and mix well. Place your salmon strips in the dish one at a time and coat well with the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Place the salmon strips on either a cedar plank or a regular baking tray. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  6. For the pickled watermelon rind, place the rind, carrots and red onion in a bowl. Bring the vinegar, water and pickling spices to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over the watermelon rind, carrots, and red onion. Serve with the crispy salmon fish sticks. The pickled watermelon rind can be stored and kept in the fridge for a couple of weeks.


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