Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

Savor the taste of this easy Traeger Smoked Salmon recipe. Experience the perfect harmony of tender salmon infused with a rich smoky flavor.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

This Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe is the tastiest and most delicious way to cook salmon – get perfect smoked salmon every time!  Delicate and succulent, our smoked salmon is made using the best salmon fillet, resulting in a rich, smoky flavor that melts in your mouth.

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We’ve all heard that salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids and that it is an excellent addition to a healthy eating plan. With tons of ways to prepare it, I wanted to share one of my favorite salmon filet recipes with you.

It has just the right balance of smoky flavor, a bit of saltiness, and a little touch of sweetness. You’ll love it!

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

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Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

We love to go salmon fishing and stocking the freezer with fresh caught, wild salmon.  Wild-caught salmon is a sustainable and healthy way to enjoy salmon at home but not everyone has the opportunity to go fishing.  

We also like to source our fish from Costco, the grocery store has many great options for fresh salmon.

Begin by gathering a few simple ingredients from the grocery store. You will need 3-4 pounds of salmon fillets, brown sugar, kosher salt, lemon juice and maple syrup.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

How to make Traeger smoked salmon:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lbs salmon
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

1. Filet the salmon, remove the skin and cut into 1″ slices.

2. Place salmon into a large mixing bowl or tray.

3. In a small bowl mix 4 parts brown sugar to 1 part kosher salt.

4. Cover the salmon completely with the mixture of sugar & salt.

5. Top with lemon juice.

6. Cover the bowl with a large piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Smoked Salmon Brine

Tip: a large freezer bag may be used to brine the salmon instead of a mixing bowl.

smoked salmon rinsed

7. Remove the salmon from the brine mixture and drain the excess liquid.  Rinse each piece of salmon thoroughly with cold water.

smoked salmon drying

8. Place the fish on a flat surface like the countertop lined with paper towel or a wire rack to dry for one hour.

preheating traeger

9. Preheat the Traeger smoker to 165 degrees F.

smoked salmon on traeger

10. Place the salmon pieces directly on the grill grates of the pellet smoker.

salmon smoking on the traeger

11. Close the lid and allow the salmon to smoke for 2 hours.

smoked salmon

12. Baste the salmon with maple syrup, this is an optional step but gives the fish a sweeter flavor upon smoking.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

13. Smoke for an additional hour until the salmon reaches your desired level of doneness or the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

Remove from the smoker and enjoy! How amazingly delicious does this smoked salmon look, you guys?! It tastes even better! I’ve discovered that I love this recipe on Eve’s Crackers with a bit of cream cheese. Yummy!

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

The smoking process is made easy when you are using a Traeger!  Just be sure to keep the hopper full of pellets and you are good to go.  Some of our favorite smoker recipes include these smoked burgers, this whole smoked turkey and this amazing smoked brisket.

Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

Tips and tricks:

  • When smoking fish, the internal temperature should reach 160 degrees F. Always test the thickest part of the fish when measuring the temperature.
  • If catching your own salmon isn’t an option, check your local grocery stores or specialty seafood shop.
  • Any type of salmon works with this recipe. Use Atlantic salmon, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, king salmon whatever type you have access to.
  • We love our Traeger grills for making this recipe! It is an electric smoker and pellet grill. I highly recommend it!
Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

Ways to serve smoked salmon:

  • Try it on a cream cheese bagel with pickled red onion.
  • Make a healthy lunch of avocado toast on pumpernickel bread, topped with salmon.
  • How about a smoked salmon salad sandwich?
  • Make dinner a plate of salmon pasta in a creamy sauce, with a glass of white wine.
  • Serve crackers with a smoked salmon dip on a charcuterie board.
Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

Whether you make it a main course or a side dish, once you’ve tasted this delectable fish, you won’t ever want to be without it!  Add this easy recipe for hot smoked salmon to your must make list.

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Traeger Smoked Salmon Recipe

Traeger Smoked Salmon

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

Savor the taste of this easy Traeger Smoked Salmon recipe. Experience the perfect harmony of tender salmon infused with a rich smoky flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs salmon
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

1. Filet the salmon, remove the skin and cut into 1" slices.

2. Place salmon into a large mixing bowl.

3. In a small bowl mix 4 parts brown sugar to 1 part kosher salt.

4. Cover the salmon completely with the mixture of sugar & salt.

5. Top with lemon juice.

6. Cover the bowl with a large piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

7. Remove the salmon from the brine mixture and drain the excess liquid.  Rinse each piece of salmon thoroughly with cold water.

8. Place the fish on a flat surface like the countertop lined with paper towel or a wire rack to dry for one hour.

9. Preheat the Traeger smoker to 165 degrees F.

10. Place the salmon pieces directly on the grill grates of the pellet smoker.

11. Close the lid and allow the salmon to smoke for 2 hours.

12. Baste the salmon with maple syrup, this is an optional step but gives the fish a sweeter flavor upon smoking.
13. Smoke for an additional hour until the salmon reaches your desired level of doneness or the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1602Total Fat: 84gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 59gCholesterol: 429mgSodium: 4209mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 0gSugar: 50gProtein: 150g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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