Smoked Brined Salmon

This deliciously moist salmon entree can also be served as an appetizer with crackers.

  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 4 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 6

Ingredients

1/2
cup sugar
1/4
cup salt
1
tablespoon grated orange peel (from 1 small orange)
1
medium onion, sliced
1
teaspoon whole black peppercorns
4
cups water
2
1/2- to 3-lb skin-on salmon fillet
4
to 6 wood chunks for smoking (hickory, mesquite or apple)*
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2
teaspoon paprika
1/4
teaspoon pepper
  • 1 In large heavy-duty resealable plastic food-storage bag, mix sugar, salt, orange peel, onion, peppercorns and 4 cups water. Seal bag and squeeze to mix until sugar and salt have dissolved. Place salmon in bag of brine; seal bag. Refrigerate at least 3 hours but no longer than 4 hours.
  • 2 Cover wood chunks with water; soak at least 30 minutes.
  • 3 Drain wood chunks. Prepare and heat smoker using wood chunks and adding water to water pan following manufacturer’s directions.
  • 4 Meanwhile, remove salmon from brine; discard brine. Blot salmon dry with paper towels. Brush both sides of salmon with oil. Place salmon, skin side down. Sprinkle with paprika and pepper.
  • 5 Place salmon, skin side down, on top grill rack in smoker. Cover and smoke about 1 hour or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. If smoking stops, add additional wood chunks through side door of smoker.
  • 6 Place salmon, skin side up, on foil. Peel skin from fish and discard. Use foil to turn fish onto serving platter.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    270
    (
    Calories from Fat
    110),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    13g
    13%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    105mg
    105%;
    Sodium
    490mg
    490%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    4g
    4%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    4g
    4%
    ),
    Protein
    34g
    34%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    2%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    0
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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