Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Cedar Planked Bluefish

Recipe by Steven Raichlen

This is what I call millionaire grilling—about 5 minutes preparation time gives you million dollar results. You cook the fish on a cedar plank, which gives it a great flavor and eliminates the two drawbacks associated with grilling fish: its tendency to stick to the grill grate and to fall apart when turned.


  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Method: Indirect Grilling
  • Equipment: 1 cedar plank (about 6 by 12 inches), soaked in water to cover for 2 hours (a baking sheet or large roasting pan works well for this), then drained
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  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh bluefish fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (Hellman's)
  • 1/3 cup Meaux-style (grainy French) mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Step 1: Run your fingers over the bluefish fillets, feeling for bones. Pull out any you find with a needlenose pliers or tweezers. Generously brush the skin side of the fish with olive oil. Generously season both sides with salt and pepper. Place the bluefish, skin side down, on the plank.

Step 2: Prepare the glaze. Place the mayonnaise, mustard, dill, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and whisk to mix.

Step 3: Set up your grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium-high (400 degrees F).

Step 4: Spread the glaze mixture evenly over the top and sides of the fish. Place the plank on the grill away from the heat. Cover the grill and indirect grill the fish until cooked, 15 to 20 minutes. To test for doneness, use an instant read meat thermometer inserted through the side: the temperature should be about 135 degrees. Or insert a metal skewer in the side of the fish–it should come out piping hot to the touch. And the glaze will turn a deep golden brown. Transfer the plank and fish to a platter and serve it right off the plank.