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Traeger smoked salmon

Try this delicious and super easy recipe for smoked salmon. This is a hot smoked salmon method that can be used in any electric smoker like Traeger or Masterbuilt.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Brining4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: traeger smoked salmon
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 213kcal


  • Traeger smoker
  • Meat thermometer


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 lb salmon fillet*


  • Create a brine by mixing salt, sugar and water in a large container. Place salmon in and make sure its covered completely in liquid. Cover with plactic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hour, better overnight.
  • Drain the brine and rinse salmon under the running water. PAT DRY. Now its ready to be smoked!
  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Load with your favorite wood chips and place salmon inside on the racks, skin side down*
  • Close the smoker and let it cook for 2-3 hours. Add more chips as needed. Check the internal temperature to make sure its 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once done, pull the fish carefully from the smoker and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes. Now you can flake it and enjoy!


Serving size is 4 oz.
It doesnt matter what size of salmon fillet you will use. It all should smoke evenly.
*You can create a padding by using lemon slices. I didn't use any since i had a very fatty fillet and and was not afraid that it would stick.
MyWW green plan 8 points, blue plan 2 points, purple 2 points ( all calculations are done by adding ingredients to Weight watchers app calculator). Points are per serving


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 21297mg | Potassium: 574mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg