Hubs came home with some salmon he caught. He wants to pickle it or smoke it. Which would be better?

  • Posted by: @zanvia
  • October 25, 2010


innoabrd October 26, 2010
I really like Tom Colicchio's recipe for curing salmon in "Think Like a Chef". 1/3 c sugar, 1 c kosher salt, 1 1/2 c mixed herbs (I like to include Vietnamese coriander and a few fruits worth of citrus zest.

I don't actually buy salmon here (all farmed stuff from Chile, mostly), but we do get some good quality locally-farmed trout and it works beautifully with that. I like to cure it a bit longer than he suggests (he says 36 hours, I usually shoot for 48) and I also like to leave it in the fridge, uncovered, for another 24 hours to dry out a bit.
anyone October 25, 2010
Jennifer Ann I like your style! " Great tip about the cold water for garlic after scent tip as well. I have never heard that but I will try.
Jennifer A. October 25, 2010
Smoked salmon for certain! If you smoke at home, and the neighbors are close by, its always best to also share with them (on a plate with creamed cheese, capers, and lemon zest :))
anyone October 25, 2010
Being a fisherman who catches salmon and steelhead 9 om. out of the year I like to enjoy salmon and steelhead many different ways. The same way fresh always gets a little boring. So I understand the If the man who caught the fish wants to do something other than "the purist preperation",
bella S. October 25, 2010
Freshly caught salmon deserves the purest preparation. You want to taste the salmon at its best. Drizzle with some good olive oil, sprinkle with some Kosher salt and, if you want, pepper or lemon pepper. We use a cast iron grill pan and just sear the salmon skin-side down. It then goes into a low oven, 275, 300, 325 (depends on your oven and your patience). Let it slowly cook till you see the little white beads appear through the flaky top. We like fresh salmon on the rare side. I really have a problem with cooking something too long. It's already dead. I don't want to kill the taste/flavor/juiciness. That being said, cook it, taste it, if it's not done to your liking, put it back in the oven. The other way doesn't work. If you've dried it out, you're stuck with that,
anyone October 25, 2010
Well, If you have a whole fish that means it has to sides and two filets. Do both.
aargersi October 25, 2010
Cedal plank grilled! Great smokey flavor ... we do a LOT ...
pierino October 25, 2010
Smoking would be great, but you could also make gravalax from a whole filet.
EmilyNunn October 25, 2010
Smoked salmon! What could be better?
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