This week I am going to show you how to smoke a salmon but in a slightly different way. It will be a stuffed smoked salmon, stuffed with lump crab meat, walnuts, brie and other wonderful things.
Smoked salmon is easy and you will also find that it does not take much time to do. In as little as 4 hours, you can brine, dry, prepare, stuff and smoke a salmon for dinner and that is pretty fast fixing when it comes to smoking meat.
Many of you have asked for some fish recipes so there you go!
If you did not get the previous newsletter on some of my favorite smoked appetizers and finger foods, you can read it HERE.
Stuffed Smoked Salmon
This stuffed smoked salmon recipe is extremely easy to make and smokes up quick. I do not cover brining the fish in this recipe and I cook it at normal smoking temperatures however, many folks recommend brining and using slower or augmented cooking methods to keep the white fat from cooking out of the fish.
If you want to brine, you can do so for about an hour or so using a basic brine recipe found HERE then allow the fish to dry for an hour or two in the fridge or you can speed up the process by putting a fan on the fish for about 20 minutes or so before smoking to allow a sticky surface to form on the outside of the fish (called a pellicle). It is believed that this sticky surface helps the smoke to adhere to the meat better.
- Salmon filet, skin removed is best
- Stuffing mixture (recipe below)
- Jeff's Rub (purchase recipe here)
Place salmon filet on cutting board or other cutting surface
Note: I removed the skin of this salmon using a very sharp knife. If you are not comfortable skinning the fish, you can omit this step or you can ask your butcher to do it for you. They are usually happy to oblige on things like this.
Cut the filet into pieces that are about 2 inches wide
Cut a groove lengthwise into the pieces of salmon for holding the stuffing.
Note: Cut as deep as you can without going all the way through then pull apart to accept the mixture.
Put a fan on the fish for about 20 minutes to dry the outside a little which will create a nice sticky surface called the pellicle. It is believed that this helps the smoke to adhere better to the meat. Does it really? Well, it's something I have always done but I have not proven it yet. Let's just say it does not hurt anything.
Once you see the pellicle formed, a nice shiny surface on the fish, you can proceed.
Spoon about two tablespoons of the stuffing mixture (recipes below) into groove of salmon so that it is mounded up above the salmon
Sprinkle my rub (purchase recipes here) all over the fish and the stuffing.
Note: my rub has brown sugar in it offset with other spices and it has been known for years that brown sugar does wonderful things for salmon to bring out the flavor and make it taste amazing. If you choose to use a different rub, consider adding some brown sugar onto the salmon after you apply the rub.
You can also add the rub before you stuff it as I did in the one on the right (pictured below)
Prepare smoker for cooking at 220-225 degrees F with hickory or pecan if you prefer the fish to be well smoked. If you want a very mild smoke flavor then use the traditional alder or a light tasting wood such as apple.
Place salmon pieces on wood planks for great presentation and flavor. Place planks onto smoker grate and cook for 45-60 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
My salmon took right at 50 minutes and was perfectly done, very moist in the center and might have been the best I've done;-)
If you are watching the temperature, you want the fish to reach about 145 degrees F for safety purposes. If not, watch for the fish to begin to flake and this is a great indicator that it is done.
Whatever you do, do not overcook it as salmon dries out quickly and dry fish is no good.
If you have enough planks, consider serving each piece on it's on plank or you can transfer it to a plate using a thin metal spatula.
Crab and Boudin Stuffing
- 1/2 cup lump crab meat, drained
- 4 oz. link of boudin, removed from casing
- 1/2 lemon, peeled and segmented
- 1 tsp. fresh chives
- 1 Tbs. butter
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
Combine ingredients carefully to form a mixture being careful to not break up crab more than necessary.
Brie and Walnut Stuffing
- 4 oz. brie, room temperature
- 2 Tbs. walnuts
- 1 tsp. fresh chives
- 1/2 c. lump crab meat, drained
Leave brie out of fridge for an hour or so to soften at room temperature. Combine ingredients carefully to form a mixture being careful to not break up crab or walnuts more than necessary.
The Recipes for my Rub and Sauce – All you need!
I've had several happy customers email me and tell me that they are using my rub recipe on salmon and that it is really, really good. I couldn't agree more!
I also love the fact that my rub and sauce recipes are both low on salt and you can use a lot or a little depending on what you are doing with no fear that it will become overly salty.
On a salt restrictive diet? Use half the salt that the rub recipe calls for and it is still very good. Bottom line.. you need these recipes in your repertoire!
Can you use other rubs and seasonings? Sure you can and that is your prerogative but I feel a responsibility to let you know that if you want your food to be all it can be, then try my rub on it and, like so many other happy customers, I think you'll be very glad that you did.
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Smoked a Pork Butt last night and applied the mustard and your rub…Just finished it off with your bbq sauce! I have to say that this turned out awesome and much better than I used to make! thanks for the rub/sauce recipes! ~ Troy
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