Simple Cold Smoked Salmon Recipe

Simple Cold Smoked Salmon Recipe

OK, I admit it. Whitetailfan has no idea what good smoked salmon should taste like. I grew up with cows and pigs, and some other animals we never ate, but here in southern Alberta there was no “handy” salmon, so I have eaten very little. But I tried some anyway, and I’m kinda proud of it – i.e. it tastes good to me so, here’s what I did.


  • 2 frozen “Wild Atlantic Salmon Fillets” just under 1 Kg each, or about 1/2 pound (product of China)
  • 2 teaspoons Tenderquik per fillet

Additional Seasonings – add to your taste

  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • seasoning salt
  • parsley for colour
  • lemon pepper <em>This item is an additional ingredient suggested and used by Crazy Canuck. It is not part of Whitetailfan’s original recipe.</em>


  1. Apply Tenderquik to flesh of Salmon
  2. After 12 hours, wash Tenderquik off of Salmon (freshen them)
  3. Set out to dry in refrigerator – 4 to 6 hours until fish is tacky to touch.
  4. Cold smoke with maple for 2 hours. Temperature was always below 100 F.
  5. Place back into refrigerator for 24 hours.

Whitetailfan’s Comments:
Had some the past three nights on Ritz Crackers . I think this awesome, and so very simple to make. I also liked the fact that I used Tenderquik. This was reassuring as the idea of whole cold smoking is in the danger zone.

The texture is velvety – It just slides off the skin with a fork! I really like this stuff. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great deal of prior experience to compare it to, so I cant tell you if I like it better than spyguys’ The Best Smoked LOX Style Salmon as I have yet to try his recipe.