Maple-Smoked Salmon Fillets


These salmon fillets are treated to a double dose of maple syrup. The recipe serves as a marinade and is also brushed on while cooking in the smoker.

Maple-Smoked Salmon Fillets
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
1 hrs
Grill Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins


  • 6 - 8 alder or apple wood chunks

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen salmon fillet (with skin), about 1-inch thick

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely cracked mixed peppercorns

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup


  1. Thaw salmon, if frozen. Rinse salmon and pat dry with paper towels. At least 1 hour before smoke cooking, soak wood chunks in enough water to cover. Drain before using.

  2. Place salmon in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup maple syrup, the water, peppercorns, and salt. Pour marinade over salmon; seal bag. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour, turning bag occasionally. Drain salmon, discarding marinade.

  3. In a smoker arrange preheated coals, drained wood chunks, and water pan according to the manufacturers directions. Pour water into pan. Place salmon, skin sides down, on grill rack over water pan. Cover and smoke for 45 to 60 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork. Brush salmon with the 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Cover and smoke 5 minutes more. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

444 Calories
18g Fat
35g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 738mg 16%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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