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Easy Smoked Salmon

A magazine featured this recipe years ago, and it's still my favorite salmon. Just add crackers for a super simple yet elegant appetizer. —Norma Fell, Boyne City, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid smoke


  • Place salmon, skin side down, in an 11x7-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with brown sugar, salt and pepper. Drizzle with liquid smoke. Cover and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.
  • Drain salmon, discarding liquid. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until fish flakes easily with a fork, 35-45 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 ounces cooked salmon: 95 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Chris
    May 9, 2020

    Just made this. Super easy and delicious. I made this as is and a second time with mesquite seasoning. Both are delicious. The salmon skin was the best.

  • susaneagan
    Oct 3, 2019

    I have made this several times (it's become a New Year's Eve tradition) and it comes out perfect every time. I love the "smoked" flavor you get by using the liquid smoke. I serve it cold with crackers and herb cream cheese spreads. This is SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Ceege
    Dec 8, 2018

    Is this meant to be served at room temperature as an Hors d'oeuvre? Would you serve it plain or with crackers?

  • rosehamade
    Dec 15, 2010

    I made this with flounder instead of salmon and it was amazing! This recipe is a keeper!

  • Summy
    Dec 1, 2010

    I've made this recipe many times, and it's so good. Reminds me of the packaged smoked salmon my Aunt in Seattle always sent to us for Christmas. Yummy!

  • Asia domini
    Jul 5, 2010

    I wasn't so big on the brown sugar and it could have uses some herbs...

  • zucchini lady
    Dec 28, 2007

    I had been looking for a good salmon recipe and came across this one - never used liquid smoke, but was very pleased with this recipe, everyone just love it! It is definately a "keeper"!!