The Ultimate Guide to Make Homemade Smoked Fish

The Ultimate Guide to Make Homemade Smoked Fish

Since time immemorial, Human beings have learned and still practicing the art of food preservation. In his book, From Volga to Ganga, Rahul Sanskritayen has beautifully described the struggle of mankind to secure food and to claim a hold on the stock of the edible items. Earlier, the food was preserved for a very short period. As the men learned the use of fire, they also evolved to keep their hard earned food for the longer time. Smoked fish or meat is such a dish that has been practiced since men learned the use of fire. Across the globe, smoking was the key method to preserve the meat and fish for a long time before the invention of the refrigerator. Now, when we have the luxury of refrigerators in our homes, smoked fish has somehow become an exotic dish that is prepared to show your culinary skills.

The recipe for making smoked fish is simple. The fishes are cleaned and salted before drying it up slowly. The slow drying will ensure that the fish shed every drop of moisture in it and thus making it free from bacteria culmination. The salt and smoke would make a product that is suitable for preservation for a long time.

Today, I will share two methods of making smoked fish at home, first the traditional one and one that uses an electric smoker.

Recipe: Smoked Fish

Preparation Time: 2-3 hours

Cooking Time: Depends on the Method

Ingredients:

  • Fish of any choice
  • Salt
  • Crushed black peppers
  • Worcestershire sauce (optional)

The Ultimate Guide to Make Homemade Smoked Fish 

How to Cook Smoked Fish Traditional Way

  • Marinate the fishes in sauce, pepper, and salt for at least two hours.
  • Now on a fireplace, place a rack that is fireproof.
  • Place the fish and light the fire.
  • Remember to keep the flames low or the fishes will be burnt.
  • Keep altering the sides so that whole fish is smoked evenly.
  • The process will take 12-24 hours depending on the size of the catch.
  • Once smoked, place them in an airtight jar.
how to make smoked fish at home
The pic was clicked by one of fellow Foodie, Jacky Pasha Zaman

How to Cook Smoked Fish in Electric Smoker

If you do not have access to the fireplace where you can make smoked fish, do not worry. You can easily use an electric smoker to prepare your smoked fishes. Here is the step by step guide to using an electric smoker to cook smoked fish.

  • Marinate the fishes as stated above.
  • Now take a heatproof rack and place your fish evenly.
  • Preheat your smoker to 93˚C/200˚F.
  • Fill the water pan of the smoker as instructed by the company.
  • Now place the rack and smoke the fishes for 3 hours at 90˚-95˚C/ 175˚-200˚F

The picture is a property of Jacky Pasha Zaman and is used here with due permission.

 

Homemade Smoked Fish
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. Fish of any choice
  2. Salt
  3. Crushed black peppers
  4. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. How to Cook Smoked Fish Traditional Way
  2. Marinate the fishes in sauce, pepper, and salt for at least two hours.
  3. Now on a fireplace, place a rack that is fireproof.
  4. Place the fish and light the fire.
  5. Remember to keep the flames low or the fishes will be burnt.
  6. Keep altering the sides so that whole fish is smoked evenly.
  7. The process will take 12-24 hours depending on the size of the catch.
  8. Once smoked, place them in an airtight jar.
  9. How to Cook Smoked Fish in Electric Smoker
  10. If you do not have access to the fireplace where you can make smoked fish, do not worry. You can easily use an electric smoker to prepare your smoked fishes.
  11. Here is the step by step guide to using an electric smoker to cook smoked fish.
  12. Marinate the fishes as stated above.
  13. Now take a heatproof rack and place your fish evenly.
  14. Preheat your smoker to 93˚C/200˚F.
  15. Fill the water pan of the smoker as instructed by the company.
  16. Now place the rack and smoke the fishes for 3 hours at 90˚-95˚C/ 175˚-200˚F
Notes
  1. Perfect for winters.
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8 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Make Homemade Smoked Fish”

  1. I can already smell the aroma. I didnt know smoking process takes so long. Thanks for sharing the recipe..I look forward to baking it during one of the winter break

  2. Fish is my all time favourite Pushanjalee, I can never get enough of fish. Loved your recipe and the easy way to get the smoked effect. I shall surely try this.

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