Smoked Salmon Without a Smoker
Prep Time
10 mins
Curing Time
1 d
Total Time
1 d 10 mins

Learn the trick to make homemade cold smoked salmon at home with an irresistible smokey, salty brine mixture—no smoker required.

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: cured salmon, lox, smoked salmon
Servings: 2
Calories: 368 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Smoked Salmon Ingredients
  • 8 oz salmon fillet boneless,
Dry Rub Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 drops liquid smoke
How to Make Cold Smoked Salmon
Make the Dry Rub
  1. Combine the salt, sugar, liquid smoke and mix it well for the liquid smoke to be evenly distributed all throughout. 

Cover the Salmon in Dry Rub
  1. Line a small container with plastic wrap. Place half the dry rub on the bottom, then place the salmon piece on top. Add the second half of the dry rub and move it around to completely cover the salmon. 

  2. Gather all ends of the plastic wrap and twist so that the salmon and the salt are completely encased. You want the twist to be tight, so that once the salt and sugar liquify, they do not leak out. 

  3. Cover the container with a lid and refrigerate for 24 hours. Trim off a piece of the salmon and decide if the salmon is salty enough for your liking. 

    If it is, remove the salmon from the brine, pat dry and refrigerate in a clean container. 

How to Cut the Smoked Salmon
  1. Freeze the salmon for about 30 minutes, to make it easier to cut. 
    Now, using a sharp fillet knife cut it into thin strips, against the grain. 

Recipe Notes

How to make the Smoked Salmon less salty?

If you have kept the salmon in the brine too long and it became too salty to your liking, simply submerge the fish in some boiled, then cooled water for 30+ minutes until it is at the desired level of saltiness.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Salmon Without a Smoker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 7080mg308%
Potassium 1111mg32%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.