When Alaska Hands You Salmon

Smoke it!

And wouldn’t you know, Alton Brown is a genius. (about 3 minutes in, you’ll get the idea)

So, you might have guessed that I still have a ton of Alaska pictures to share with you… I’ll get there. But for now, here is what I did with one pound of the salmon I caught. Yeah, that’s right, I caught 2 salmon while out in the depths of the Alaska Oceans. It was SO much fun!

Homemade Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon


  • Cardboard box smoker (see this site or above video)
  • Wood chips for smoking
  • Fresh Alaskan Salmon (from Alaska, thank you very much)
  • Fresh Trout (from Whole Foods)
  • Brine for fish: 1 cup water to 1/2 cup kosher salt
Freshest Salmon you can ever get. πŸ˜‰

Trout in Brine
Brine, pre-mixed
Cherry Wood Chips

Step 1: Prepare your smoker

Ghetto but fabulous. This baby really worked.

Step 2: Brine your fish for at least 2 hours (see above).

Step 3: Heat those wood chips. Preferably in a cast-iron pan on a hot plate at the bottom of your smoker.

Wood chips being heated

Step 4: Place fish onto racks placed above the pan of heating wood chips. Smoke the fish for about 6 hours (*edited–>) 2.5 hrs for the trout, 3 hrs for the salmon (thanks boyfriend!).

Fish being smoked above, chips being heated below

Step 5: EAT!!!!!

Altogether now.

Best. Fish. Ever.


I can honestly say that I have never, ever had better tasting fish. Ever. It was so good, my mouth is watering just writing this. Although the smoking and prep work takes a little time, it is way worth it.

What is one of the best things you have ever tasted???

Happy weekend!

13 thoughts on “When Alaska Hands You Salmon

  1. Whoa Lori this is so awesome!! I bet it tasted as amazing as you said it did πŸ™‚ I haven’t had fresh smoked salmon or trout since I was a kid! It is one of my favorite food memories. On of the best things I ever ate was at a Greek Restaurant when I was about 14 years old. It was a Tomato Red Onion Salad with fresh oregano, olive oil and whatever other secret ingriedents they threw in. So delicious!

    Hope your having a wonderful summer Lori!
    .-= maggie(livingfoodjunkie´s last blog ..Summertime =-.

  2. VERY impressed with your fishing and smoker-constructing skills. The salmon looks delicious. I’ve never had freshly smoked, it has to be wonderful. Oh man, now I’m hungry.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Red Pepper Hummus =-.

  3. I must correct your post girlfriend. Six hours of smoking is too long for those three pieces of fish. I beleive it was more like 2.5 hours for the trout and 3 for the salmon. Lets do round two this weekend! Mwrar!

  4. I always thought you were cool, but you’ve just earned about 18 cool points (that’s a lot) because a. you caught 2 salmon, b. you made your own freaking smoker! and c. you smoked your own salmon, which is really the only way I like salmon.

    Now, if only you were my neighbor.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..It’s Christmas in July! =-.

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