I’m not gonna lie, I’m not the best at packing my lunch. It doesn’t help that I work in kitchens where food is so readily available to eat. You can’t blame me for not planning ahead! But between recipe developing menus for cooking classes, or whipping up a dessert buffet for 50, I often dream about what I would rather have for lunch that day.
If ever you’ve enjoyed the rich goodness of Cold Smoked Salmon over cream cheese on a bagel and wondered, “how do they do that?” Today we’re here to show you. Chef Tom walks you through the curing and cold smoking process that creates that incredibly flavorful Cold Smoked Salmon.
There are a number of ways to smoke salmon. You may be familiar with the fully cured smoked salmon, like lox, that you find on bagels or cured platters. It’s dense, often salty and fully cured and safe to eat without cooking with heat. There is also the option of hot smoking fresh salmon with little more than seasoning on the surface of the fish to affect the final product. This recipe, however, lives somewhere in between. By giving the salmon a quick cure, you can force flavors into the flesh while pulling some water out and concentrating the flavors. The fish is not fully cured, so we finish it on the grill, which imparts smoke flavor and makes the fish safe to eat. The end product is flavorful, tender, juicy and quite versatile. Partially cured Hot Smoked Salmon is great served hot off the grill or cooled and eaten on salads, sandwiches or as a snack.
Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson talk about just how versatile a simple kettle style grill can be, talk about how salmon has been an important food for many cultures throughout human history, cover conservation efforts underway in the Pacific Northwest and smoke up an amazing wild caught sockeye salmon fillet on a roasted cedar plank.