Simple Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

This past weekend over the Labor Day holiday we decided to pull out our little red smoker and get smokin’.  We had family in town and we were putting on a serious nosh fest. I’m still wearing yoga pants and recuperating 5 days later. We had the typical pork butts (which is a word I am so not fond of, I mean it’s an awful visual and isn’t even accurate description, it’s a shoulder so why not call it that. Okay moving on. Sigh.) smoking away for hours on end that would turn into bar-b-que pulled pork deliciousness. We also decided to throw some Copper River Salmon into the smoking mix. I for one am glad that we did. It’s smoky scrumptiousness that you simply must try.

Smoked Salmon

This Copper River salmon is so delicate and richly flavored that it doesn’t need much in the seasoning department. After a short cold shower, a gentle pat down, and a security check for pin bones it gets a sprinkling of kosher salt. That’s it. Into the smoker she goes and then we wait with appetizers and Prosecco of course. A few hours later she comes out flaky, smoky and sultry. Ready for a slathering of herb compound butter and a fork. That’s all she wrote.

Smoked Salmon

If smoking isn’t your speed (gasp) try our Copper River Pan Seared Salmon.  Equally delicious. Want to know where to find Copper River Salmon near you? Use their easy LOCATOR TOOL .


Disclaimer: I am part of the Copper River Fresh Catch Crew. I received a shipment of Copper River salmon. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Smoked Salmon

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  • 2 pounds Copper River salmon
  • kosher salt
  • hickory smoking chips


  1. Run salmon under cold water. Pat dry. Gently run your fingers up and down filet and if you feel any pin bones remove them using tweezers.
  2. You can leave fish whole or cut into filets. Season salmon with kosher salt.
  3. Use smoker, with hickory smoking chips according to manufacturers directions.
  4. Place salmon onto grill grate, close lid and cook for approximately 2 hours.


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  1. 1

    This looks so good! I love salmon, and know I would love this! Simple and perfect!

  2. 2

    Too funny – I bought my husband smoked salmon for our anniversary!! I am so jealous you own a smoker! I could eat smoked anything. 🙂

  3. 3

    Salmon is my favorite. This looks delicous, can’t wait to give it a try.

  4. 4

    I’m a big smoked salmon fan and yours look delicious! I really wish I had a smoker to give it a try!

  5. 5

    Ok, we’re having Labor Day at your house next year, especially if this salmon is on the menu!

    This looks fantastic, Paula 🙂

  6. 6

    My life will never be the same after reading “sultry salmon,” Paula. My heavens… you’ve made me want to fire up the smoker at 11:00 pm!

  7. 7

    This looks amazing, Paula!!

  8. 8

    Smoked salmon is my favorite food on the planet!

  9. 9

    Lovely. Smoked salmon is so very good. Want!

  10. 10

    My kids adore smoked salmon on their bagels in the morning.


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