The Perfect Alton Brown Smoked Salmon Recipe

We love Alton Brown’s cooking show on the Food Network! It’s easy to get creative in the kitchen with his recipes.

One of our favorites is the Alton Brown smoked salmon recipe he made one time. We tweaked it a little and wanted to share it with you here: The Perfect Alton Brown Smoked Salmon Recipe.

First of all, you’ll need a good salmon. Fresh is best. This is because fresh fish has the most moisture. Moisture is a good thing when it comes to smoking fish.

The next important thing you’ll need for this recipe is your smoker. If you don’t have one, maybe a friend does and will let you use theirs!


Alton Brown Smoked Salmon Recipe

Prepare Time: 1 day

Cook Time: 3 hours

Yield: About 3 lbs.


  • 1 (3-4 lbs.) side of salmon, gutted and scaled
  • 1/2 c. salt
  • 2 c. brown sugar


Step 1: Brine the salmon in a mixture of water, salt, and brown sugar for 24 hours. Rinse it under cold water.

Step 2: Set up a smoker with a smoker box filled with alder wood chips, place the fish on the grill rack in the smoker box, and smoke for about 3 hours with the lid closed.

Step 3: Remove from smoker, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight to cure the fish (cooking it will dry it out). It’s ready to eat! You can slice or serve whole filets.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Fat24 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Sodium335 mg
Potassium740 mg
Carbohydrates14 g
Protein48 g

Why Is Smoked Salmon So Tasty?

The main reason smoked salmon is so tasty is the smoke. The smoke penetrates the meat and adds a savory flavor.

What Is The Best Way To Serve Smoked Salmon?

Some people serve it with cream cheese and capers. Others eat it with a nice cold beer. Others have it as an appetizer with fresh crusty French bread. And some people eat it with egg salad on a sandwich! It’s really up to you…

Alton Brown Smoked Salmon Recipe
Alton Brown Smoked Salmon Recipe

Are Smoked Salmon Good For You?

Smoked salmon offers many health benefits. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

The protein in smoked salmon is also high quality and easy to digest, making it a great choice for those who are vegetarian or vegan.

Is Smoked Salmon Good For High Blood Pressure?

Yes, smoked salmon is filled with essential fatty acids that are great for maintaining healthy blood pressure. It also has lots of protein and potassium, which are both good for helping you maintain healthy blood pressure.

Is Smoked Salmon Unhealthy?

The only unhealthy part of smoked salmon is if it’s loaded with salt and other preservatives. Such foods are high in sodium, which can be harmful to the heart.

Can You Get Food Poisoning From Smoked Salmon?

Smoked salmon is a known carrier of the parasite “Anisakis simplex,” which can lead to anisakiasis. This usually occurs when the fish is not cooked thoroughly, but it can also occur when the fish is undercooked.

Smoked salmon that is purchased in a store should be properly stored in the refrigerator and eaten within one week of purchase.

Can You Eat Smoked Salmon Left Out Overnight?

Yes, smoked salmon can be left out overnight without refrigeration as long as it was previously stored properly in a refrigerator (such as by covering it tightly and putting it in a cool place).

How Long Can Smoked Salmon Last In The Refrigerator?

Smoked salmon that was properly stored in a refrigerator in a tightly sealed container can be eaten up to one week after it was purchased.

If your smoked salmon has been left out and exposed to air, it should be eaten within 3-5 days of purchase.

If you doubt how long your smoked salmon has been sitting out, it’s always best to play it safe and throw it away. This will help prevent food poisoning, which can be particularly harmful if you have other health conditions.

Smoked salmon can, however, be frozen and eaten later. Unlike other kinds of fish, smoked salmon freezes very well.


We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Please contact us if you have any questions or comments regarding this article. We love to hear from our readers. Enjoy the recipe!

My name is Naznin Aktar. I'm a healthy and active person. I believe in eating healthy, staying active, and getting all the rest my body needs. I also like to try new recipes, especially when they are delicious, so those are my recipes... Hope you like it! Thank you for your time!
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