Hot Smoked Salmon

September 27th, 2010 by katie

We love this recipe.  We’ve been making this for years now and it is still wonderful every time.  It is a smoked salmon but it is a hot, moist salmon not the kind of smoked salmon you buy at the store.  It is the best salmon you’ve ever had, believe me.  I have a difficult time with salmon-it can be a little too strong for me-but this dish has so many flavors and they all play upon each other perfectly.  It is excellent without an overwhelmingly fishy taste and is great flaked into a salad or served as a fillet.

Hot Smoked Salmon

serves 4, prep 10 min, cook 30 min, brine 2 hours, adapted from Cooking Light, June, 2004
  • 3 1/2 cups  water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 oz fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 (1 1/2 lb) thick salmon fillet
  • 4 cups hickory wood chips
  • oil
  • cracked black pepper
  1. Combine water, salt, sugar, dill, and soy sauce in a large bowl, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour salt mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Add ice and salmon and seal.
  2. Refrigerate 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.  Meanwhile, soak the wood chips in water for 1 hour. Drain well.
  3. Prepare the grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium and leaving one side with no heat.  Place wood chips on hot coals.
  4. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Oil the skin side of the salmon fillet.  Crack fresh black pepper over the top.  Place salmon, skin side down over the unheated side.
  5. Smoke salmon at 180-200°F for about 20-25 minutes or until 140°F on an instant-read thermometer.

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4 Responses

  1. Kathy - Panini Happy

    It’s times like these that I wish I had a charcoal grill rather than gas. We love smoked salmon at our house. Your salad looks pretty excellent too!

  2. Rebecca

    I am so making this as soon as we’re all over the flu. I cannot get enough salmon and I think having this on hand would be an amazing shortcut to quick meals.

  3. Shannon

    What is the salad pictured alongside the salmo? It looks equally delicious.

    I’ll do a post on the salad too, the dressing is fantastic! It is baby spinach tossed in a creamy Asian dressing with orange supremes, red onion, and sliced almonds. It went perfectly with the salmon. -Katie

  4. DailyChef

    Looks incredible! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare salmon and get more fish into my diet.

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