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How to hot-smoke salmon

by Great British Chefs3 August 2016

Learn how to hot-smoke salmon at home without a professional smoker in this handy video guide.

How to hot-smoke salmon

Learn how to hot-smoke salmon at home without a professional smoker in this handy video guide.

Making the smoked salmon that you buy in the supermarket is a long process that requires specialist equipment and a lot of outside space. This quicker hot-smoked version can be done in most home kitchens and requires nothing more than a baking tray with a rack and some wood chips. Hickory, oak or applewood chips are ideal for smoking salmon and will all lend a slightly different flavour to the fish, so it’s worth experimenting. Rubbing the salmon fillets with oil before cooking gives the smoke something to stick to and intensifies the flavour.




Mix together the salt and sugar and sprinkle liberally over the fish on all sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
Wash the cure from the salmon with cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Leave the fish uncovered in the fridge for an hour until completely dry
Rub the fish with oil to coat
Set up a stove-top smoker or a deep baking tray (which you don’t mind getting marked by the fire), line with foil and cover the bottom in woodchips
Place the salmon onto a wire rack over the baking tray then either place the lid on or cover with foil, making sure the foil doesn’t touch the fish
Put the tray over a medium heat until the chips begin to smoke (you will see a little smoke coming out of the edges) then remove from the heat and leave to smoke for around 20 minutes
Carefully lift the salmon from the smoker. It should be an opaque pink and a metal skewer should easily go through the fish. If the fillets require more cooking, transfer to a hot oven for a few minutes
You can either serve straight away or leave to cool and store wrapped in the fridge for a day. To reheat, just wrap in foil and heat in the oven until warmed through

Serving suggestions

Agnar Sverisson marinates his salmon in salt, sugar, lemon, fennel and dill seeds before smoking and serving with cucumber and a yoghurt dressing. Marcello Tully’s Hot smoked salmon potato salad with asparagus and horseradish dressing makes for a simple summer lunch or try Nathan Outlaw’s Baked leeks and smoked salmon with cheese sauce for a tasty midweek supper.

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