Simple home smoked salmon (FODMAP friendly, gluten free)

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I can’t say I am an expert of smoking – I only learned about it a year ago from ‘A Food Blog by a Old Fat Guy’. I love this blog from the far away land – as I read, I could smell the forest from the mountains in Canada.

Dreaming of the forests, l bough the closest thing I could find – apple wood chips from Tasmania. I have only a small bag, but it lasted a while. I did 4 lots of smoking with this  – rainbow trout fillets, American ribs, salmon and pork belly.  OMG, so very delicious!

I don’t have a smoker, but I have a super heavy duty 16-quart stainless steel stock pot that can cook ‘waterless’.  It has a adjustable small hole in the lid which is perfect for checking out how much smoke has built up in the pot. I only used a small amount of wood chips which is sufficient for the size of the pot. Fish fillets can be cooked in about 20-30 minutes; meat requires further cooking after 30-40 minutes of smoking, which can be finished off on the BBQ.

I am quite time poor so I don’t use brine. For fish, I rubbed a little sea salt, a little sugar and some oil prior to cooking. For meat, I rubbed my favorite spices, salt and oil.

I like smoked salmon the best – rich, smoky and satisfying, with deliciousness lingering in your month for many hours after the meal.

I served  the smoked salmon with a fennel, carrot and rocket salad, drizzle over a dressing with lemon juice, strawberry jam and sesame oil. I will post the recipe shortly.

Lightly smoked salmon with fennel and rocket salad
Lightly smoked salmon with fennel and rocket salad


Here is a quick write up of the very simple process:

I use Tasmanian apple fine wood chips (right hand side of the picture below). It should only 5 minutes to start giving smoke. The ‘normal’ wood chips (left hand side of the picture below) takes much longer.

Tasmanian apple wood chips

I only use a small amount of fine wood chips (100-150g) which will last for about 30-40 minutes if well controlled. I first lay a piece of foil, then the wood chips on top; I place the pot over high heat (with a lid on); once the wood chips start smoking, I put another piece of foil on top of the wood chips (to catch any drips) before placing the fish.

Wood chips in a pot

I then place salmon on a high rack, over hot wood chips that’s already smoking.

Salmon to be smoked (low FODMAP, gluten free)

I use an outdoor BBQ – it has a wok option which is perfect for placing a large pot over it.  For fish, I first use high heat for 10 minutes, then turn it down to medium for further 10 minutes; then I leave the fish to cool in the pot for further 10 minutes.

Pot over BBQ with wood chips being heat up


Waterless pot - a controllable hole in the lid
My ‘waterless’ stock pot has an adjustable hole in the lid

^FODMAPpers – the Monash University recommended portion for a low FODMAP diet is – fish 115g /  beef 125g / pork 125g.  Check the App for most updated information.

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