Smoked salmon

Date: July 10th, 2011


  • 1/2 pound salmon filet (any size works, just make sure to cook it long enough)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • cream cheese
  • crackers

Slather the salmon in olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Fire up your smoking apparatus (I used an electric smoker) and smoke the salmon for 60-90 minutes until done.

Time to table: 5 minutes prep, 60-90 minutes cooking time

Servings: Hard to say, as this is more of an appetizer. Maybe 6 adults?

Ben: Love

Erin: Like

Annie: Love (might have been the cream cheese and crackers, but who knows??)

Notes: Our friend Scott was coming over for breakfast with his son Simon, my intention was to have this as an appetizer before breakfast was ready but it ended up being done right about the time the meal was finished anyways, oh well.

My dad has made this several times at their house and I was trying to replicate his recipe. When I called to ask what it was, he was reluctant to give me his “special recipe”, then proceeded to tell me it was just olive oil and salt and pepper. Thanks for sharing the family secrets Dad! It didn’t taste the same however, I don’t think I used enough salt. This was my first foray into smoking, with the recently acquired smoker (more details on that in a future post).

UPDATE: My dad now tells me this morning that he forgot to mention that I should also brine the salmon for 12-14 hours, I guess there IS a family secret!


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3 Responses to Smoked salmon

  1. Moe says:

    Jealous you got a smoker. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it as you use it more.

  2. ben says:

    In addition to the salmon, I smoked a whole chicken for dinner, that post should be up tomorrow if Erin gets the picture uploaded to flickr tonight. (Aside: this is the first time EVER that I have a post written that is waiting on Erin. Not likely to happen often. Or ever again.)

    I’m liking the smoker already, it’s fun to devote an entire day to cooking and at the same time you don’t need to hover over it every second. We went to Southdale and the Galleria while the chicken was smoking.

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