Total Time
Prep 24 mins
Cook 0 mins

Since we got our smoker, I have tried a zillion different brine recipes for salmon. This one I made up and we really liked it!


  1. Place sugar in water and stir until incorporated. Add other ingredients and stir until mixed well. Place a 1 lb piece of fresh salmon into a baking dish (that just fits the fish) and pour the brine over top. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Disregard brine and smoke the fish as per the recommendations of your smoker.
Most Helpful

I used this brine on rainbow trout and smoked on small table top grill using apple wood came out great. Brine was excellent full off flavor and not salty. This will be my go to favorite! I'm sure this would be great on tuna or chicken and I can't wait to try it on salmon my favorite fish

Susubo September 13, 2015

Awesome! I smoked some salmon for lunch using a small fish smoker and the brine gave it a wondeful depth of flavor, much better than the very basic brine I used last time I made some.

Peter J November 27, 2011