Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Cedar Planked Salmon

Planked cooking was first introduced by the Native Americans. It is no wonder, grilling on natural wood, imparts a slightly smoky flavor and makes your grilled food moist and flavorful.
You are probably wondering where I am going with this?
Well, I was attempting to connect this Native American way of cooking with Kateri Tekakwitha.

Who is Kateri Tekakwitha?

I am so glad you asked.

Today is the feast day of Kateri Tekakwitha.

She was the first person in North America to be beatified.

Kateri (Catherine) Tekakwitha was born in 1656 in a town known now as Auriesville, NY.

She was the daughter of a Mohawk Warrior Chief. They were known as the Turtle Clan

Her mother was a Christian captive.

She was also known as the “Lily of the Mohawks.”

She was orphaned at an early age due to a small pox epidemic.

Although her eyesight was damaged and she was disfigured, she managed to survive.

She was then raised by her uncle who took over as chief after her father died.

She risked disapproval of her family, persecution of the villagers and fled over 300 miles to be baptized.

She died at age 24.

After she was beatified in 1980 under the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, she was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica on 21 October 2012.

In honor of her Feast day I give you Cedar Planked Salmon.

Cedar Planked Salmon


1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons chipolte powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 ounce salmon filets
1 cedar plank soaked
honey for drizzling


Preheat your grill to medium low heat.
In a small bowl combine sugar, salt chipolte powder, cumin and pepper.
Place soaked plank on preheated grill. Close lid and allow to heat for about three minutes. Turn the plank over with your tongs and place salmon on heated side of plank. Close the lid and grill for 12-15 minutes.
Remove from grill and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.


Peace be with you,