Smoked Brined Salmon

Smoked Brined Salmon

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

Prep Time

10

Minutes

Total Time

4:10

Hrs:Mins

Makes

6

servings

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.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Substitution
2 cups hickory, mesquite or apple wood chips can be substituted.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 270
    • (Calories from Fat 110),
  • Total Fat 13g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 105mg;
  • Sodium 490mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 4g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 34g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.