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This recipe takes the idea of cedar-plank-cooked fish a step further, using cedar branches and maple leaves to impart a great smoky, woodsy flavor. Grape leaves can be used in place of the maple leaves.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2011


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20 mins
1 hr 20 mins


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  • Soak cedar branches and bark in water (weighted with something heavy to keep submerged) for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange 2 or 3 maple leaves on a work surface, overlapping slightly. Top with 2 lemon slices and 1 fish fillet. Season with salt and pepper. Wrap leaves around fish to enclose, and secure with a"string" of cedar bark. (You can also use kitchen twine.) Repeat with remaining leaves, lemon slices, fish fillets, and cedar bark.

  • Fill the bottom of a large cast-iron skillet with drained cedar branches. Heat over high heat until fragrant and just starting to smoke, about 3 minutes. Arrange fish packets on top of cedar branches, and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven, and cook until fish is firm and the tip of a paring knife inserted into the center comes out hot, about 12 minutes. Serve immediately.