Hot Smoked Salmon
Difficulty: ................. intermediate
Time: ............ about 30 minutes
Servings: ................. 1-2
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon crushed black peppercorns
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 (5-6pound) salmon fillet, pin bones removed
2 cups wood chips
2 cups water
Combine sugars, salt, peppercorns, and cardamom in a small bowl. Rub
sugar mixture into salmon flesh, and pack the remaining rub around
salmon. Wrap salmon tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum
foil. Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. Unwrap salmon, and rinse with cold
water. Pat salmon dry.
Soak wood chips in water 30 minutes; drain well.
Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to high and leaving one side with low heat.
Place wood chips on hot coals. Place a disposable aluminum foil pan on the unheated side of grill. Pour 2 cups water in pan. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place on grill. Place salmon on grill rack over foil pan on unheated side. Close lid; cook 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Center of fish should be opaque and warm.
How to Hot-Smoke a Salmon: Besides fresh fish at the seafood counter, keep an eye out for smoked salmon, either hot-smoked (kippered) or cold-smoked (lox). I use hot-smoked salmon in the winter for pizzas and other savory dishes. Lox is more delicate and doesn't hold up to cooking, but we serve it with breakfast toast and with appetizers in the afternoon