Homemade smoked salmon

    10 hours 15 min

    Native American Indians invented cooking on wooden planks. Try it to make your own smoked salmon! The fish absorbs the woody flavours and stays really moist. Don't worry, the wooden planks have been treated for cooking and are available online and in specialty kitchen shops. You will need a smoking box for best results.

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    Serves: 10 

    • A brine solution
    • 1 (1.25kg) salmon fillet
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 tablespoon water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Extra time:4hr soaking  ›  Ready in:10hr15min 

    1. Soak the salmon fillet in a brine solution for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. Also, submerge the wooden plank in water, placing a heavy object, such as a stockpot, on top of it to prevent floating.
    2. Preheat an outdoor smoker to 70 to 80 degrees C.
    3. Remove the salmon from the brine, rinse thoroughly under cold running water, and pat dry with kitchen paper. Remove the wood plank from the water, and lay the fish out on the plank. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
    4. Smoke the salmon for at least 2 hours, checking after 1 1/2 hours for doneness. The fish is done when it flakes with a fork, but it should also not be too salty. As the fish smokes, the salt content reduces. Adjust the cooking time and salty flavour to your taste.
    5. During the last 30 minutes of smoking, mix together the dark brown soft sugar and water to form a paste. Brush this liberally onto the salmon.


    A brine solution for fish is made with water, salt and other flavourings such as lemon, peppercorns or bay leaves.

    Wooden planks and indoor smokers:



    Smoking fish can take 2 to 6 hours as you are cooking at much lower temperatures than you would normally. It also depends on the size of the fish fillet.

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    There are very few things in life that can make fresh salmon taste better, however smokin' ron's recipe for smoked salmon does just that.  -  14 Aug 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an awesome way to make salmon! Be sure to make the brine. I soaked my plank in water with lemon, orange and tangerines and it was the best! The butcher told me to also soak in onion and garlic for another flavor.  -  28 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was the best fish recipe i have ever tasted. The plank gave the fish so much flavor. I cooked mine a little longer, until it was mostly white...The whole family loved this recpe  -  25 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)