How to Make Smoked Salmon

Today’s recipe is all about how to make smoked salmon. This smoked salmon recipe is a “hot smoked salmon,” made by smoking salmon over low heat on a pellet grill or smoker. To begin, make a dry brine for smoked salmon, which consists of dark brown sugar, a bit of salt, and some fresh cracked pepper. Smoke the salmon for around 2 hours, then brush with an apricot glaze or some honey. You can serve this as an appetizer with crackers and cream cheese.

How to Make Smoked Salmon

Rating: 51

Serving Size: 4-6


  • 1 filet fresh wild salmon
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • GLAZE:
  • Apricot Jam or Honey


  1. Rinse and pat dry salmon fillet. Remove any pinbones and skin (if desired).
  2. Cut salmon into serving-size steaks.
  3. Make dry brine by mixing the sugar, salt and pepper together.
  4. Spread dry brine on a glass casserole dish and pack in layers with the salmon pieces. Put in the refrigerator to set 4 to 8 hours.
  5. Rinse the salmon pieces under cool running water, thoroughly removing the brine.
  6. On a smoker set to 150 F, smoke the fish roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until it reaches your desired firmness. During the last few minutes of cooking, you can brush on some melted apricot jam and/or honey.
  7. Serve as an appetizer with cold beer and a chilled glass of chardonnay, or over crackers with some cream cheese and fresh chopped chives. Bon appetit!

Recipe by Jason Hill /