Easy Guide How Long To Smoke Salmon Recipe And More!


How Long to Smoke Salmon at 200 Degrees Fahrenheit 

There are two different methods typically used to smoke salmon. Those are the cold smoking method and the hot smoking method. For how long to smoke salmon at 200 degrees, we’ll use the hot smoke method. 

raw salmon with salt and lemon

The times may vary for smoking salmon at 200°F, depending on a few different factors. We are going to cover the different ways you can smoke salmon at 200°F, as well as our favorite way to make smoked salmon.

We are so excited to share all of these details with you and hope you enjoy learning more about how to smoke salmon at 200°F. 

Types of Salmon

Salmon is a type of fish, that provides a great source of fatty acids to you when it is eaten. There are a lot of salmon types that you can enjoy.

Some include wild salmon, king salmon, Atlantic salmon, sockeye salmon, and pink salmon. To tell what type of salmon you have, you will want to double-check the label on your package. 

Hot Smoking

Hot smoking of salmon can be done both at a lower temperature or at high temperatures. One of the best ways to make hot smoked salmon is by smoking salmon at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The Smoking Process

Hot-smoked salmon can be prepared in a variety of ways. There are several different types of dry rub, dry brine, or basic brine you can choose from as ways to prepare your salmon filet for smoking

After you choose the appropriate rub for your salmon, you’re going to want to preheat the smoker so that the smoker temperature is at 200°F. you can then smoke the salmon until you begin to see the white stuff, also known as white albumin appear to be seeping from your salmon. 

Then you will want to use an instant-read thermometer, to check the internal temperature of the salmon to make sure it is fully cooked. The internal temperature of your salmon should be 145°F in order for it to be safe to eat. 

smoked salmon

Type of Smoker to Use

There are many different types of smokers you can choose from to make hot smoked salmon. The most common types are a pellet grill or an electric smoker. These types of smokers use wood chips, or wood pellets to make that wood smoke flavor that invades your salmon and gives it that delicious smoky flavor.

Another delicious way you can prepare your smoked salmon is by smoking it on cedar planks. To do this, you’ll first want to soak the cedar plank in cold water until it has absorbed water to keep it moist.

After the cedar plank is soaked in water, you can add your prepared salmon fillet to the cedar plank, then place all of it onto your smoker’s wire racks.

Smoking salmon on a cedar plank allows your salmon and also pick up the delicious cedar flavor in addition to the smoke taste. 

Internal Temperature of the Salmon

Salmon should be smoked on your smoker until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F before removing the salmon. This is a safe temperature to eat smoked salmon. 

Another way you can tell when your salmon is done is by examining the appearance of the salmon. When it is raw, it has a pink color to it, then after it’s cooked, it turns a light orange color, and you will begin to see the white stuff emerging from the cooked fish. These are both additional ways you can tell when salmon is fully cooked. 

salmon surrounded by other food

How Long to Smoke Salmon at 200 Degrees Fahrenheit?

Determining how long it will take for your salmon to smoke at 200°F is always a key factor when planning how long it will take to prepare your meal. If you are using thawed salmon, it will go much faster than when you use frozen salmon. 

Also, keep in mind that the actual temperature outdoors also plays a role in how long it will take to hot smoke salmon on your smoker.

Often, if you’re trying to smoke outdoors on the grill, and the temperatures are cold, the grill has to work much harder to cook the fish than when the outdoor temperatures are warm. 

Other factors that come into play for how long it takes to smoke salmon at 200°F, will depend on how large the piece of salmon is, and how fatty it is. Thicker salmon takes longer to cook than small pieces do. 

On average, it will take between two and four hours for your salmon to smoke at 200°F. Please keep in mind this time may vary depending on all of the factors outlined above. 

How to Store Hot Smoked Salmon

Room temperature. Salmon should be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours before it goes bad. This rule of thumb applies when your room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F. If your room temperature is 90°F or above then it should be kept at room temperature for no more than one hour. 

In the Fridge. After your salmon has been smoked, it should be stored in an airtight container, and placed in the fridge at 40°F or below. The cooked hot smoked salmon will last between three and four days when stored properly in the fridge. 

In addition to storing salmon in an airtight container in the fridge, you could also wrap it securely in plastic wrap, or seal it in a plastic bag before placing it in the fridge. 

Learn more about How Long Does Salmon Last in the Fridge

salmon with salt and orange

Can you Freeze Salmon?

Surprisingly, you can freeze smoked salmon for longer storage. For details on how to freeze smoked salmon, check out “Can you freeze smoked salmon?”. 

Cold Smoking

Cold smoked salmon is when salmon is cured with salt, and then preserved through a cold smoking process. Cold smoking is done at 80°F or below, and not over a flame like hot smoking is. 

After salmon is cold smoked, it has a long storage time and can last for quite a while. Cold smoked salmon is a delicacy, usually has a velvety texture, and is served thinly sliced. 

Delicious Smoked Salmon

Making hot smoked salmon at 200°F is the ideal temperature for hot smoking it. This is perfect because it allows your salmon to cook low and slow, turning out tasting and looking amazing. 

Now that you know all about how long it takes to smoke salmon at 200°F, usually between two and four hours depending on your outdoor temperature, and how thick your salmon fillet is, as well as if it’s thawed or frozen. 

We are going to explore a delicious salmon recipe that you can easily make on your smoker. Some of these brines will provide a little sweetness, but others provide more of a savory option for your smoked salmon. 

We have a few different variations of this recipe for you so that you can find one you like the best. Let’s explore! 

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Hot Smoked Salmon Recipe

1 pound salmon filet 

Maple Syrup Salmon

½ cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp minced garlic 

Cream Cheese Salmon 

8 oz cream cheese

1 Tbsp minced garlic 

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salmon with Lemon

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ cup melted butter 

1 Tbsp dark brown sugar

½ tsp kosher salt, or to taste

¼ tsp cracked pepper, or to taste

Nonstick cooking spray, recommended 

The Step-by-Step Guide

Preheat the smoker to 200°F. 

Select your desired flavor from the above brine ideas, then prepare it in a small mixing bowl and set aside. 

Next, take your salmon fillets, and place salmon skin side down on a baking sheet or wire cooling rack. If the salmon is wet, you can take a paper towel, and gently pat the salmon dry with the paper towel. Be careful that your paper towel does not leave any residue on the fish.

Brush the entire surface of the salmon, with your desired brine mixture. Make sure that the entire surface of the fish is covered. 

Once the salmon is prepared, you will want to place the salmon on aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray, or on a grilling pan with holes. Place them onto a wire rack of your smoker. 

Insert a thermometer probe, if possible, into the largest piece of salmon, at the thickest part, to monitor the internal temperature of your salmon. Smoke on low heat, so that you can maintain a low temperature of 200°F inside the smoker.

Salmon with lemon cooking

Smoke for 2 to 4 hours, or until the meat thermometer reads an internal temperature of 145°F. This is the ideal temperature for your salmon to reach. Please know that the internal temperature must be at least 145°F, for most types of salmon to be safe to eat.

When your salmon is close to being done, if there is additional brine left, you can brush the top of the salmon once more. Then remove the salmon from the smoker and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. Then serve and enjoy the delicious smoked salmon! 

How Long to Smoke Salmon at 200°F 

The amount of time it takes to smoke salmon at 200°F on an electric smoker, or pellet grill may vary depending on the size of your salmon, whether it is frozen or not, and how thick or thin the salmon fillet is. On average, it will take between two and four hours for salmon to smoke at 200°F. 

Now that you know how long it takes, and how to go about smoking you were delicious salmon at 200°F, it’s time to start planning your meal featuring amazing smoked salmon. We hope you enjoy, and we hope that this has been helpful to you! 

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