Making your own Smoked Salmon is easy and so much cheaper. Try it at home for a healthy, low calorie fish to add to so many recipes.
The Grill Master has returned! In this case, I should call my husband the “Smoke Master”. He is obsessed with smoking meats and fish right now. For the past few weeks, every time I have asked if he has any ideas for dinner, he says “I can smoke something”. I love reaping the benefits of his obsession to smoking. He has smoked salmon twice in one week. Yup, that is a lot of salmon. It is so versatile though. We added it to a pasta dish that will make its debut for Valentines day on Food Done Light. We’ve added it to a breakfast sandwich, had it for snacks and finally froze it. It is also so much cheaper.
Lets face it, smoked salmon is really expensive and you get a little packet of it. I am starting to see wild salmon on sale at my grocery store. That is when I buy it. We personally do not like the taste of farmed salmon, so I won’t buy it. I wait until fresh, wild salmon goes on sale and I buy it. Right now it is on sale. Yeah! Look for wild salmon at your grocery store and buy some. Then come home and make your own smoked salmon; or if you are lucky like me, have your Smoke Master make it.
I realized when I was editing the photos for this post, that I started a theme with this recipe and Homemade Poppy Seed Chicken. Both recipes are about making food at home and not using processed food. That is something we started last year, and I am glad to be able to continue that trend. I’m not saying I will make every thing from scratch, but we are trying to make smarter choices. Where we can, we are trying to go natural and homemade. The end result means that the food is not only healthier, but guess what? It tastes better. What a great by product.
If you are thinking this is going to be difficult, put that right out of your head. It is simply easy. Stoke the fire in your smoker and try it for yourself. You will love the results of Homemade Smoked Salmon.
What recipes would you put Homemade Smoked Salmon in?
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Homemade Smoked Salmon (Real Food, Low Calorie)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 . Salmon fillet (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs)
Cover a baking sheet with wax paper. Place a cooling rack on top.
In a small bowl, mix sugar and salt together.
To prepare the salmon, run your thumb or finger along the surface of the salmon to look for the tips of bones. Use a pair of tweezers to pull out the bones.
Place the salmon onto the cooling rack.
Press the salt/sugar mixture onto the salmon being sure to completely cover it. Cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 12 hours.
Wash the salmon well to remove all salt and sugar. Pat dry.
Prepare your smoker for indirect cooking (keep the food away from the heat source).
Get the charcoal nice and hot and place some wood chips over the charcoal to generate the smoke.
Place a couple of disposable aluminum trays filled with ice into the bottom of the smoker.
Place the salmon as far away from the heat source as possible. Smoke for 2-3 hours.
Check during the smoking process to add more wood chips to keep the smoke going.
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