The Salmon Saga or Two meals from one smoke

Discussion in 'Fish' started by disco, May 30, 2016.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is going to be a long post. Get yourself a beer.

    She Who Must Be Obeyed saw a couple of small wild sockeye salmon fillets in the supermarket. I thought they were too expensive but apparently I was wrong. She wanted them for dinner so no long smoke this night. 

    I decided to serve them with grilled potatoes and used some of the Berbere spice mix I have been experimenting with. This is how that meal went.

    I cubed a couple of medium potatoes, chopped 125 ml (1/2 cup) of onions and thinly sliced a garlic clove.

    I put those in an aluminum pie plate and tossed them with a little olive oil and about 1/4 of a teaspoon Berbere spice (SWMBO doesn't like it too hot).

    I covered it with foil and put it in the pellet smoker that had been preheated to 350 F.

    While the potatoes were cooking, I put the salmon fillets on a couple of small squares of aluminum foil. I find it just makes it easier to deal with the fish.

    I mixed 2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) of mayonnaise with 2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) dijon mustard and 2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) dried dill weed.

    I spread that over the fillets.

    I sprinkled 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of brown sugar over the fillets.

    When the potatoes had been cooking for 20 minutes, I put the salmon in the pellet grill.

    The salmon and potatoes were cooked 25 minutes later.

    Here is the cooked salmon.

    Here are the spuds.

    We served them with a nice coleslaw.

    The missus and I just don't eat so much as decrepitude settles in so we only ate one of the fillets after cooking it.

    So, there was leftover salmon for dinner the next day.

    I had a good crop of spinach so I decided to do a Salmon Spinach Salad.

    I tore up about 4 cups of the leaves.

    I cooked some bacon to crisp and chopped it.

    I made a blueberry vinaigrette (let me know if you want the recipe, it is very good).

    I tossed the lettuce with the dressing and sprinkled the bacon over the top.

    I cut the salmon into strips and put it over the salad.

    Here it is on the plate.

    Both of these meals were stellar. Getting two meals out of it made me feel better about the cost and SWMBO liked both which bodes well for me in other ways.

  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Both meals look phenomenal Disco, nice job ! We love salmon round here !
  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! Salmon is a favourite here too but is very expensive so we don't get it as often as we like.
  4. Lol Disco, this is the second post I've read from you and I can tell you got something special! I love how you call your wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed! LOL. Awesome.

    Anyway, I'm surprised Salmon is expensive on your part of town, normally Canadian Salmon, whole is about $3.45/ lb this time of year. Even with the summer demand and algae bloom it should be pretty cheap to buy a whole head on gutted fish and fillet it yourself.
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You sir are a creator of great food. Creating something no one else has.

    Points for sure. :biggrin:
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the kind words. I live in a small town in the Canadian Rockies. A lot of food is expensive. Don't tell She Who Must Be Obeyed about the price there, she will want to move!
    Thanks, Adam. I just get these ideas. You know how it is.
  7. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Disco, I LOVE salmon, your dish looks literally amazing, your making me hungry for some Salmon now!

  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! Salmon is one of our favourites.
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Another awesome cook Disco!


  10. essexsmoker

    essexsmoker Smoke Blower

    Looks really good!

    I would like the vineagrette recipe, please. Looks good!
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Al!
    Thanks, essexsmoker.

    The vinaigrette is really simple and tasty and can use fresh or frozen blueberries.


    125 ml (1/2 cup) blueberries

    50 ml (1/4 cup) white wine vinegar

    25 ml (2 tablespoons) honey

    90 ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil

    in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

    Refrigerate until used.

  12. idahopz

    idahopz Smoking Fanatic

    I like the way you write a story, Disco [​IMG]

    That's a good idea with the small squares of foil for skinless filets - makes it much easier to handle
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks so much for the kind words and point! My father used to say "If you want ideas on how to do things easily, watch a lazy man." I keep trying to find things to make it easier so I guess I am lazy!

  14. LOL I definitely dont want to cause problems with the misses!

    Anyway, glad you sorted it out, I love Canadian Salmon, albeit more lean, and some times has codoa, but hey, you get what you pay for :p
  15. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco you turned another Salmon into a fantastic looking meal,Thanks for sharing


  16. essexsmoker

    essexsmoker Smoke Blower

    Thanks, will give it a try out. :thumbup:
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Richie! I wish I could afford salmon more often.
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great Disco!
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Case.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dang---That all looks Mighty Tasty, Disco!!![​IMG]-----------[​IMG]

    That will definitely improve a Salad!!![​IMG]

    And That Salmon & Taters looks Awesome!!![​IMG]

    Did you ever try Qmatz?  That can keep your Fish from sticking & allow the smoke to get to the bottom of the fish at the same time. They work Great !!


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