Incredible Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe

Incredible Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe

Indulge in the sweet and smoky flavors of this candied salmon recipe! Brined in a simple mix of Demerara sugar and coarse salt, the salmon is then coated in a delicious candy glaze made with red wine, dark rum, brown sugar, and honey or maple syrup, and slowly smoked to perfection.



1 Kg - 2 kg Demerara or natural brown sugar

7/8 - 1 Cup coarse salt (no more than a cup)

Set aside for later (optional):

8 Cloves crushed garlic

Small palm full crushed peppercorns

2 Tsp grated fresh ginger

Grated zest of 1 orange

½ Tsp red chili flakes

½ Tsp Cyenne

Do not add any liquid seasonings as this could compromise the salt/sugar ratio. However, I personally have snuck in about 4 oz of dark rum into the brine.

Candy Glaze:

4 Oz red wine

4 Oz dark rum

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup honey or maple syrup

Pepper/cayenne (optional)


Smoker temperature:

Try and keep 100-125ºF (slow smoke)


Mix together Sugar and Salt.

Skin and debone salmon, as well as cut off dark meat before smoking. Do not use belly strips as they are too fatty.

Cut salmon into pieces such as nuggets 1″ x 1″ or strips 2″ x 6″ and ¼″ thick.

Cover the bottom of a plastic container with a ¼″ of salt/sugar mixture.

Place larger, thicker pieces of salmon onto mixture.

Continue layering brine mixture/salmon until all salmon is covered. Place in refrigerator. The brine will dissolve quickly and begin to draw liquid from salmon.

Now to Candy your Salmon:

Heat wine, rum, sugar, honey/maple syrup in a saucepan. There are a few ways to candy your salmon. It is your choice, have fun, experiment.

Glaze may be brushed on several times thru the smoking process.

You may remove salmon halfway thru smoking process, and soak it in glaze for a few hours, before resuming smoking.

Place the smoked salmon into a container with the glaze and leave it to absorb in the fridge (do not leave longer than a day, or the sugar will suck out more moisture from the smoked fish, even without salt.)