Around our house we smoke salmon every 2-3 weeks and prefer the flavor of smoked salmon compared to baked or grilled. This Asian Marinated Salmon recipe is extremely easy to prepare as well as delicious.
For those of you who are watching calories then salmon is definitely a smart choice. A single serving of salmon has 0 carbohydrates and 39g of protein. With that said, let’s move on to the tasty part of salmon.
Marinade ingredients for 2 lbs of salmon:
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup of your favorite honey. For this recipe, I am using Brazilian Pepper Honey (from Florida). The Brazilian Pepper is a shrub/small tree that is
widespread in Florida. It’s a darker-color honey with a
greenish tint and a distinct “peppery” wildflower-type flavor. The pepper flavor is perfect with this salmon recipe.
- 1 gallon water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup kosher salt
The first step always when smoking salmon is to soak it in a brine.
It’s best to soak it in the brine overnight (if you plan ahead), but today we soaked in brine for 4 hours (as it was same day decision to smoke salmon).
After you remove from the brine, dry the salmon with paper towels and set aside. Prepare your marinade by mixing all of the marinade ingredients together. Important: Set aside and save 1/2 cup of the marinade (you will need this during the smoking process). Pour the rest of the marinade in a gallon Zip Loc bag or large container. Then, place the salmon in the marinade and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees. We almost always use alder wood when smoking salmon. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place in the smoker.
After 30 minutes, open the smoker and baste your salmon with the 1/2 cup of marinade that you saved from above. (Do not re-use any of the marinade that was used to marinate the salmon – unless you want to run the risk of getting sick!). Close the smoker and smoke for another 30 minutes.
Check the temperature after 1 hour of total smoking time. You want the salmon to be 165 degrees. If it has not reached the temperature continue to smoke until it reaches 165. For the complete, step-by-step process, see our How to Make Asian Marinated Smoked Salmon video below.
If you would like more details on how to set up your smoker and the detailed smoking steps for salmon, see our How to Smoke Salmon Video.