No smoker "smoked" salmon

No Smoker Smoked Salmon Recipe

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Heidi Hoerman


A salt/sugar/smoke-flavored cure in the fridge and a bit of oven heat turns a supermarket salmon fillet into smoked fish!

This recipe starts with the methods used to make gravlax but then bakes the fish to remove any eating-raw-fish worries. The result is salty and smoky but still moist like a good home-smoked fish.

It's great with cream cheese on a bagel, in a sour cream chip dip, on a salad or pasta or just with finely sliced onions and a few capers as a fancy appetizer.

★★★★★ 1 vote
varies with size of fillet
5 Min
24 Hr


1 lb
salmon fillet, thawed or frozen.
2 tsp
hickory smoke powder
2 Tbsp
sea salt (not iodized)
2 Tbsp
dark brown sugar

How to Make No smoker "smoked" salmon


  • 1(If you do not have access to hickory smoke powder, use smoked salt and or liquid smoke plus salt. Hickory smoke powder is available from and other online vendors.)
  • 2Wash and dry the salmon fillet and place, skin side down, in a shallow non-reactive or glass pan.
  • 3Mix together the smoke powder, salt and sugar and distribute it in a thick layer covering the salmon.
  • 4Place some plastic wrap directly on the salmon and weight the salmon. I used pieces of quarry tile covered with foil. You can use anything heavy for this, e.g. a heavy can on a board, rocks, anything.
  • 5Wrap the whole construction in plastic wrap or tie in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.
  • 6Remove the now cured salmon and rinse off the remaining salt and sugar. Dry with a paper towel and wrap tightly in foil.
  • 7Place the foil wrapped salmon in a baking dish and place in a 300F oven. Bake about 20 minutes, checking with a thermometer to make sure the salmon has reached 160F in the center.
  • 8Let cool in the foil and refrigerate. At this point it is ready for use. It will keep for several days refrigerated. I haven't tried freezing it yet.

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About No smoker "smoked" salmon

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Hashtags: #salmon, #SMOKED, #no-smoker