A Simple Recipe to Create Smoked Salmon at Home

Marc Sanders Head Chef at The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse
Marc Sanders Head Chef at The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse

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When we run our smoking courses in conjunction with Jo and Georgina from Smoky Jo’s, the hot Smoked Salmon is always one of the first things our ‘students’ get to taste. A great introduction to smoking food for the first time which can be done without having to buy expensive equipment; just use an old biscuit tin or a deep metal tray with a cooling rack covered with tin foil. We use a Cameron stove top smoker which can easily be purchased from good garden centres or online. It is  very important that the sawdust you use for smoking food does not contain any oil that may have come from a chainsaw. Oak is one of the most popular sawdust’s used for smoking.

Hot Smoked Salmon with sweet and sour red onions, chive crème fraiche and rocket salad



Sweet and sour red onions Chive crème fraîche
  • 300ml red wine vinegar
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 3 red onions
  • 125g of thick crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
Hot Smoked Salmon
  • 300 ml cold water
  • 50g salt
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tblsp white wine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sprig of parsley
  • 1 x 100g Salmon steak per person
  • rocket salad
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a jug combine the ingredients for the brine and stir until all of the salt has been dissolved
  2. Put the Salmon in a plastic container then cover with the brine and refrigerate for 2 hours
  3. Meanwhile,  for the sweet and sour red onions; boil the sugar and vinegar for 10 -15 minutes until it becomes a syrupy consistency, peel and finely slice the onions, then add them and boil for a further 5 minutes
  4. Remove the onions from the heat, allow to cool and refrigerate.
  5. For the chive crème fraîche; simply combine the ingredients and then refrigerate
  6. When the 2 hours has passed, take the Salmon out of the brine and rinse under cold water, we are now ready to smoke the Salmon
  7. Sprinkle a handful of sawdust into the bottom of your tin (or whatever you have decided to cook your Salmon in). Place the Salmon onto a cooling tray, then carefully place into the tin on the sawdust – the Salmon should be about 1 inch above the thin layer of sawdust. Cover with a tight fitting lid or tin foil and cook on a hob over a high heat for about 5-8 minutes
  8. In the meantime divide the onions onto the plates and dress the salad leaves
  9. Place the cooked Salmon onto the onions, spoon a quenelle of crème fraîche onto the Salmon then garnish with the salad
  10. Dress the salad with the oil lemon juice and season
Left to Right: Sawdust in roast tin, Salmon on a raised rack, Salmon smoking on the hob.
Left to Right: Sawdust in roast tin, Salmon on a raised rack, Salmon smoking on the hob.

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