This is how to smoke salmon in your smoker right at home! The best rub for fish you will ever make that brings out the flavor and makes it melt in your mouth good. Easy recipe for those who have never smoked fish or looking for something new. Healthy and delicious dinner idea.
Ok so we LOVE fish for dinner, or lunch…take your pick!! We like to eat it several times a week but mix up how we prepare it. I got my husband a smoker last year and we’ve been making the most amazing salmon in it. Here’s how to smoke salmon in your smoker so you can enjoy the deliciousness too! 😉 It’s not just my husband and I who enjoy smoked salmon, all three of my children including my “little ones” who are 8 & 9 gobble it up and ask for more each time we make it this way…and it’s SO easy to do! It’s one of our favorite easy smoker recipes. This post brought to you by Seafood Nutrition Partnership. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Typical Mom. (originally published 8/16)
- The first thing about smoking salmon is the rub!
That is the key in my opinion.
You can have a really expensive piece of fish but if you have an amazing rub even an average piece of fish can become incredibly flavorful….of course both are best if possible. 😉
Here’s the secret salmon rub my husband swears by and I asked him to actually write it down for me to share this time.
Once you have your beautiful piece of salmon, lay it on a cutting board and begin to prepare your rub. We’re all about using spices when it comes to spoking fish. Combining salty and sweet ingredients gives your smoked salmon an incredible flavor, and you can add a bit of heat too if you desire.
- Here is the smoked salmon rub recipe in it’s entirety.
It is amazing how different salmon tastes when you massage a good rub into it before smoking. It’s so much better than leaving it off in our opinion. Ours is a salty and sweet rub for fish that people comment on all the time and say this is now their go to smoked salmon recipe.
You’ll have to let us know what you think…..
How to smoke salmon and what you’ll need
- Salmon fillet (leave skin on)
- Brown sugar (believe me it turns out wonderful with this rub)
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder (more or less depending on what heat level you desire)
- Wood chips (we use a variety of wood chips, this is a great variety pack so you can choose what you like)
- Smoker (this is similar to the one we have)
Combine your ingredients for the rub, massage it on to the top and bottom (yes on the skin too) of your fillet, and you’re ready to cook.
- Once your smoker reaches 225 degrees lay it flat on one of the racks and really that is it!
Set your timer for 1.5 hrs. to check on it, and typically it is perfectly done in about 2 hrs.
Once it’s done pair it with some steamed broccoli and rice and you’re ready for a healthy dinner! If you love fish as much as our family does, it’s a real winner! The Seafood Nutrition Partnership is working to get every family to incorporate fish into their diets at least twice a week (which isn’t a problem for us), are you up for the challenge??
If you cook fish often and have a killer recipe others might like let us know we’d love to try it in our smoker next!
Salmon is not only great for dinner I have actually added some leftovers (if there are any) on top of an everything bagel with a little cream cheese for lunch and it is just amazing!
Looking for more easy fish recipes?
- If you’re looking for more electric smoker recipes you can find them here.
- Our Instant Pot fish recipe is fabulous.
- I also have a bunch of pressure cooker fish recipes you can try too!
How to Smoke Salmon
- 1 salmon fillet
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 c sugar
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder optional
- Combine rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Massage rub into top and skin side of salmon fillet.
- Add chips to smoker by filling container/drawer 3/4 full.
- Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees, lay fillet flat on a rack once it reaches this temperature and smoke for approx. 2 hours. Check at 1.5 hrs. to ensure all is going well. Enjoy!
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