Delectable Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

How to make smoked salmon

Smoked salmon is the way in which a fillet of salmon (a delicious tasting fish) is cured, prepared and smoked to give it a unique flavor. It is a very light fish and therefore makes a great summer dish or is a light lunch.

In order to smoke fish you will first need to prepare brine:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stalk sliced celery
  • ½ cup chopped fennel
  • ½ chopped onion
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  1. Place the salmon fillets into the brine, and leave to cure for between 8 and 24 hours.
  2. Next, leave the salmon to air dry on a rack in a breezy area (you could use a fan).
  3. To smoke the salmon, you will need a smoking box made of oak or nut wood. Cook at 140 degrees for an hour for thin fillets, and about four hours for thick steaks of fish.

Smoked salmon is a very elegant dish which is ideal for serving at formal occasions as either canapés or entrees. For a great light and delicious canaepe, why not try Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche topped Crispy Potatoes. You will need:

1 cup crème fraîche
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 scallion, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, dill and/or parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
24 to 30 sturdy potato chips
1 clove garlic, halved
8 ounces smoked salmon, cut into bite-size pieces
Fresh dill sprigs

Its super easy to prepare. All you need to do is mix together the scallion , zest, crème fraiche and herbs. Add a little salt to season and leave overnight in the fridge. Rub the garlic over each potato slice, and dollop 2 teaspoons of the mixture on each chip. Top with the salmon and a little sprig of dill.

More recipes with smoked salmon

For a great meal that can be eaten at any time of day, you should try Smoked Salmon Hash with Eggs. You will need:

Extra virgin olive oil cooking spray
2 cups thawed shredded hash browns
3 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (4-oz) pack hot roasted smoked salmon, skin removed, flesh flaked into pieces
2 eggs

Heat large skillet over a mid-high heat and use cooking spray to prevent sticking. Add 2 onions, the hash browns and half the pepper and cook for 5 minutes until crisp. Add the salmon and mix together for 3 minutes until the mixture is combined and cooked through.

Pour the mixture onto two serving plates and cook your eggs as you like them for 3 to 5 minutes. Place the eggs on top of the salmon hash and garnish and the rest of the onions.

Find these and more recipes for smoked salmon on Recipebridge.


Posted by RecipeBridge Staff Writer June 9th 2012
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