What the.....? Ok, it's a bit of a joke. There is so much talk about cedar-planked this and cedar-planked that. Well, personally, we don't like cedar planks for much of anything except maybe roofing shingles, so we do our cedar-planked shrimp on something we consider much more sensible. Alder planks!
We should also note that our web site recently marked its 14,000,000th page view, so we thought we'd mark the occasion by returning to our roots, that which this web site was all about, and that was keeping things simple. That's where the "naked" in Naked Whiz came from. It doesn't get much simpler than this recipe/technique which we have adapted from a recipe from Williams-Sonoma.
Cedar-Planked Shrimp on Alder Planks
1 tsp kosher salt 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 tsp. sweet smoked paprika cayenne pepper according to your taste, up to 1/8 tsp 8 4/8 shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on 1 Tbsp olive oil
Soak an alder plank in water for an hour or two. Preheat your cooker to 450° F and let it get thoroughtly heat soaked.
Combine dry ingredients and sprinkle over both sides of the shrimp. Place the shrimp on a bowl and drizzle the olive oil over the shrimp. Gently stir to coat the shrimp with the oil.
Place the alder plank in the center of a raised grid and close the lid. Allow the plank to heat up until you start to see smoke coming from the plank. Place the shrimp on the plank and cook, lid closed for 6 minutes. Turn the shrimp over and cook 6 more minutes.
The finished product!
4/8 shrimp are shrimp that are sized such that it takes 4 to 8 of the shrimp to make a pound.
You can use smaller shrimp, but adjust the cooking time downward accordingly.
You can drizzle the finished shrimp with lime juice if you are so inclined.