Smoked Salmon

It looks like the opening shot in Star Wars

There is nothing better than smoked salmon when it comes to fish sandwiches. Of course smoked salmon is one of those foods that can probably be added to anything to make it taste better.

This is a great way to practice how to smoke food since it takes only a couple hours and is easily done on a home barbecue. For basic steps on how to smoke go here. When smoking salmon, or any fish, I like to make a large foil tray to hold the meat. This keeps the fish from breaking apart and makes it very easy to remove from the grill. Just fold a couple of sheets of tin foil together slightly longer than the fish fillet and then fold up the sides about an inch to create the tray. Then with a fork punch a bunch of small holes in the bottom to allow air and smoke circulation.

Smoked Salmon

  • 1 qt water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2-3 1lb salmon fillets skin on

Combine brine ingredients in a large nonreactive container and add fish, skin side up. Seal and refrigerate overnight or up to two days. Remove fish from brine and rinse salmon in cold water. Air dry salmon on a rack for two hours before smoking. Do not pat dry. Start fire in smoker or grill and smoke salmon until done. The fish will have a dark glaze and be very firm to the touch. Remember to keep the heat as low as possible to keep from overcooking the fish. Serve hot or cold, sliced, diced or however you want. The salmon will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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52 Responses to Smoked Salmon

  1. Kristy says:

    Fabulous! I had a smoked salmon a few weeks ago (of course not at home since our smoker is still in the garage). It was fantastic. Most recently I had a smoked tuna though and that was dang good too. Darn it – the smoker needs to come out already! πŸ™‚

  2. Joanne says:

    WOWWW that looks so good. I’d love to have my own smoked salmon!

  3. That is so pretty. I’m going to have to go out and get some salmon.

  4. Purely.. Kay says:

    Its like you’re reading my mind.. I am going to have salmon tomorrow.. so I am going to dream about your dish tonight and eat my salmon tomorrow πŸ™‚

  5. nrhatch says:

    That looks tasty. πŸ˜€

  6. Tandy says:

    Sounds so easy πŸ™‚

  7. rutheh says:

    You definitely are a master of smoking. That piece of salmon makes me salivate. I know it tastes delicious. I run out of adjectives and superlative when I write these comments on your stellar posts but what else can I say? It is PERFECT!

  8. Nice. I’ve got to go out to the garage and look for my stove top smoker!

  9. Great smoked fish idea. Just in time for Friday and no meat for me!

  10. Brilliant recipe – I have to do this.

  11. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Will try this. Thanks~

  12. How delicious and fresh. Do you use your smoker alot for other types of cooking?

  13. niasunset says:

    So delicioussssssssss. Thank you dear Rufus, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  14. ChgoJohn says:

    For the first time, I can reply to one of your smokin’ recipes with, “I can’t wait to make this!” Yes, I’ve ordered a small smoker and it should be here in a week or so. Since I’ll probably use it for salmon more than for any other protein, your recipe here will be a good place to start. Thanks!

  15. I had never considered smoking salmon. We always got some from my grandmother who sent them in cans from Alaska. One year, a student’s mother gave me some frozen delicious salmon from Western Canada…what a gift!

  16. Oh, I wish I had the time to try this…I LOVE hot smoked salmon.
    I’ll have to content myself with store-bought for now.

  17. GroundCherry says:

    fascinating! unfortunately, I don’t think we can even buy high enough quality salmon to bother with smoking it around here. I do love smoked salmon in my potato pancakes, though (thank my college’s dining services, of all places, for introducing that idea). have you ever smoked trout?

  18. It’s beautiful, I love smoked salmon! I was just talking to my husband the other day about buying a smoker…might have to show him this picture to get him moving in the right direction. πŸ™‚

  19. My hubby loves smoked salmon, this looks pretty easy. Beautifully colored salmon, yum!

  20. Mad Dog says:

    It looks beautiful – almost jewel like. I bet it tasted amazing too!

  21. You got such a beautiful color on that! Looks absolutely fantastic.

  22. Courtney says:

    You can never go wrong with smoked salmon in a dish. Ever.

  23. billpeeler says:

    Fish looks beautiful – that’s awesome ——

  24. Now that is my type of smoked salmon.

  25. We generally put our meat/fish on a cookie rack reserved just for this purpose…but I’ve always wondered if the foil would work since there is no air flow beneath the item. Very interesting. I love home smoked fish!

  26. Caroline says:

    Wait, I don’t even like salmon, but I want this right now. It’s gorgeous!!

  27. This sounds easy enough…let’s see if I can pull it off!

  28. spicegirlfla says:

    This is one gorgeous salmon! I could so see this for dinner and leftovers! I must find out about getting a smoker!

  29. Jessica says:

    Interesting! I should try this at my parents’ house.

  30. I sure wish we had a smoker…but I like that this can be done on a grill, too. That sure is gorgeous looking fish!

  31. Wow! What a colour… I didn’t have Star Wars in mind πŸ˜‰ but agreed, very dramatic. I can only imagine how good it tastes!

  32. A_Boleyn says:

    This looks gorgeous!

  33. Young Wifey says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! The last time I was in Scotland, I ordered a salmon sampler plate that had 8 different types of prepared salmon, 6 of them were smoked in some way. It was sooooo delicious. Now if I could ever recreate that plate, it would be a masterpiece…

  34. Your recipes are always so daring… well, for me, they are:) I’ve yet to smoke anything but I think this would be the first one I’d try since Smoked Salmon is hugely popular in our home!

  35. ....RaeDi says:

    Your picture is incredible! You make your smoked salmon a little different than T… but in the end it is so good and like you said you can use it for so many things! T took a look at your brine and said he’d do a batch… it should be very good!

  36. rsmacaalay says:

    I woul dlove this on a bagel and cream cheese, nice work

  37. I do not eat meat but almost everyone I know does- a must try and so perfect πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Tropical Caramelised German Baked Pancake

  38. Love salmon any way you “fix” it.

  39. Fantastic – we so need to fix up a way to smoke things!

  40. Charles says:

    Wow, that colour – so rich. You can’t beat a smoked salmon sandwich on that scandinavian bread, with some cucumber and cream cheese mixed with dill! Yum!

  41. P. Graham says:

    THIS LOOKS FANTASTIC! I ALWAYS get really excited when you post a new recipe! (Can’t you tell by my CAPS?) πŸ™‚ You always create/modify/awesome-ize EVERYTHING! Keep up the fantastic work! Fan for life!!

  42. safifer says:

    Reblogged this on A Single Serving and commented:
    Definitely need to try this during the summer. The smoked lamb shanks worked so well.

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