Cold Smoked Steelhead Recipe

Elevate your appetizer game with this delicious smoked steelhead recipe! Marinated in a flavorful blend of black pepper, molasses, gin, and more, then cold-smoked to perfection, these thinly sliced fillets are the perfect addition to any charcuterie board or brunch spread.


2.5 Kg (5 lb) steelhead fillets, skin on


60 G (2 oz) coarse ground black pepper

Fresh leaves from 2 sprigs of oregano

120 Ml (4 oz) molasses

120 Ml (4 oz) gin

5 Ml (1 tsp) Worcestershire sauce

1 Medium onion sliced/shaved thinly

30 Ml (1 oz) freshly crushed ginger juice

30 Ml (1 oz) coarse salt


Mix marinade together in a bowl.

Remove all the bones you can see from the fillets.

Place marinade in a casserole dish and add the Steelhead fillets flesh side down.

Cover the Steelhead with plastic wrap then a piece of wood. Weigh it down with rocks or heavy tin cans. The idea is to put pressure on the fish to get the liquid out of the flesh.

Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Smoking Method:

Place the fillets on lightly-oiled smoker racks.

Put racks into the Bradley Smoker in the highest position away from the heat.

Using Alder flavor bisquettes, cold smoke the fish for approximately 2 hours making certain the damper is wide open.

To Serve:

Chill the fillets.

Slice as thinly as possible and serve with cheese and crackers or bagels, cream cheese and capers.


Alder Wood Bisquettes

Alder is commonly used for smoked salmon because of its milder flavor. However, thanks to its light, sweet, and musky flavor, it's a smooth smoke flavor perfect for almost any dish.

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