One of the things I love to eat is fresh smoked salmon. Since I don’t want to rely on our fishmonger for every time I crave for some salmon I decided to make it at home, without the use of a smoker. For this recipe I just used a pan, tin foil and a roaster with fresh spices.
2 salmon fillet (fresh or defrosted)
3 tbsp. green jasmine tea (or any tea you prefer like earl grey)
2 tbsp. uncooked rice
1 tbsp. sugar (or honey if you don’t use refined sugars)
pepper & salt
1 pan or wok with a lid
4 sheets of tin foil
small roaster for in to rest the fillets on
1 sheet of baking paper the size of the fillets
With smoking you can go for cold or hot smoking. I went for hot smoking for this recipe because it saves a lot of time and the result is still very good. You can easily combine with different kinds of ingredients, wood chips or uncooked rice and a whole range of tea or other spices.
Start by coasting the pan with 2 sheets of tin foil. Place the sheets over the pan and make sure you have some excess foil over the sides of the pan. You will use this to shut the pan completely airtight. Place all the ingredients in the pan and hustle them together. Place the roaster in the pan, the baking paper and place the fillets on top. Coat the filets with some salt. Coat the lid with the rest of the tin foil and place on top of the pan. Wrinkle the tin foil of the pan and lid together to make it airtight. Put the fire on the stove on high and place the pan on top. In about 2 minutes it will start to smoke. It’s no problem if some smoke escapes because it is a good indicator it’s smoking. Smoke the salmon for about 15 minutes till it has a nice crust and leaks some white fluid. When finished let them rest on a place before serving.
I often serve it with toasted bread or add it to pasta or a salad.
Variation: Another favorite is smoked chicken. You can use the same ingredients but the cooking time overall is a bit longer between 20 to 25 minutes. I made this smoked chicken by adding one tablespoon of five spices for an Eastern twist.