How to smoke salmon

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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! 😉 how to smoke salmon 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! Here’s how to smoke salmon at home with just 5 ingredients. how to smoke salmon

how to smoke salmon at home 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 The Typical Mom would have in her cupboard to make it easy for everyone. 😉 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 and rub recipe in it’s entirety.

How to smoke salmon

How to smoke salmon
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  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • ** optional ** 1/2 tbsp. chili powder


  1. 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, 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!

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. smoked salmon recipe

how to smoke salmon easy 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, you should take the Healthy Heart Pledge too! 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 too you should enter the Seafood Nutrition Partnership 2016 Recipe Sweepstakes and submit your dish to win by sharing a photo of a seafood dish you’ve prepared using 5 ingredients or less (not counting spices/garnishes) on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #HealthyHeartPledge and #SNPSweepstakes. A total of ten winners will be selected randomly, one a week through Oct. 21st and you can submit one entry per day. Winners will be announced at and on Instagram and Twitter….love a great contest. 😉 Let us know how your smoked salmon comes out! How to smoke salmon   

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