Natural Smoked Salmon
Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Low Carb
Natural Smoked Salmon Recipe
When you buy smoked salmon in the store, it has preservatives and nitrates. I’ve not seen a brand without it. I believe by food packaging law; they have to use it. I have horrible reactions to nitrates. It affects my asthma and my thyroid gland and makes it swell. There are many documented cases of people dying of asthma-related deaths, due to nitrates.
Making your own smoked salmon is easy! In the recipe below you will see how simple it is. I recommend always using wild caught salmon. Using organic herbs and oils to flavor it and cooking it off heat on your gas grill. You can go natural with your flavors and just use fresh lemon juice and organic olive oil, salt and pepper, or try using fermented soy sauce, chili sauce, ginger and garlic for an Asian taste. Salmon is rich, but it doesn’t have much flavor. The meat picks up what you put on it, and makes it delicious!
- One large piece of wild caught salmon (half a whole salmon)
- Organic Olive Oil - Three Tablespoons
- Juice of two lemons - Juice of two lemons
- Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper - One Teaspoon
- Fresh Chopped Dill - Two Tablespoons
- Two cups smoking chips wrapped in foil, with slits put in top, to let the smoke escape
Rinse your Salmon well and pat dry with paper towels. Place on square cookie sheet. Mix the other ingredients in small bowl and baste on the fish. Let sit for 20 minutes at room temperature with marinate on.
On your outside gas grill take your front grate and turn sideways. Start your grill with all burners on high. Clean your grill once heated with your grill brush. Take a foil pack of smoking chips and put directly on the far left burners flame. Shut all other burners off, expect the one with the smoking chips. Turn that burner on high. You moved the grate so that you can place the foil pack, directly on the flame.
Once you start smoking good,
Put a long piece of foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray and pierced with a few hole slits to let the juices run out, on the part of the grill that has no heat. Place your salmon, skin side down, on the foil. Your salmon should be as far from the heat as possible.
Let smoke for 45 minutes to an hour, depending if you like your salmon pink in the middle. If you are serving this as an appetizer, let cool completely in the refrigerator and carefully place on large platter. Garnish with dill and lemon wedges.