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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I am new to the forum and keep posting in the wrong spot. Anyway has anyone ever smoked a thick white fish like cod. If so how is it done. Thanks

post #2 of 11

I smoke fish, mostly saltwater, all the time without brine.  Fish are pretty forgiving as far as toppings, garnishes, etc.  Just smoke them on heat, I usually smoke around 200, until the meat flakes apart.  Put a fork in the fillet and twist it.  If its done the meat will flake into segments.  Of course the thicker the fish the longer you need to smoke.  I make a lot of fish dip and this works pretty good.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks ice daddy i will give it a shot.im assuming it smokes fairly quick.
post #4 of 11

yeah it will.  Most fish I smoke taper to the tail, unless I'm doing a really large fish fillet.  Salmon can be fairly uniform if steak-ed out.  But like I said most are not and taper towards the tail.  As you smoke check the thinner tail portion for doneness.  It will be the first to be done.  I kinda use that as an indicator as to how fast the rest will cook.  Hope this helps.  It really is not as hard as it sounds.   Good Luck

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
That does help ill let you know how it comes out.thanks again
post #6 of 11

When smoking filets I like method where you gradually increase the temperature. Its kinda low and slow but for fish.

 

2.5 hours at 125F

2.5 hours at 135F

1 hour at 175F

 

Make sure your smoke is very light and thin. You want just a hint of a smoke.

 

If you smoke thick fish whole I would advise to use thermometer and get it to a safe internal temperature.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
hey Ahakodha, Excellent i will give this a try. Ive never smoked fish myself but have wanted to try it.thanks for the tip
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by AHAKOHDA View Post

When smoking filets I like method where you gradually increase the temperature. Its kinda low and slow but for fish.

 

2.5 hours at 125F

2.5 hours at 135F

1 hour at 175F

 

Make sure your smoke is very light and thin. You want just a hint of a smoke.

 

If you smoke thick fish whole I would advise to use thermometer and get it to a safe internal temperature.


If you are going to Smoke at these low temps...A brine or cure is a good idea to avoid issues with Bacteria. Without it the risk goes up...Here's a good read about Listeria but there are others...JJ

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/112833/food-safety-and-cold-smoked-salmon-chef-jimmyj

 

post #9 of 11

Always brine it before smoking it at low temps . It goes without saying. I never use cure for fish but good brine is a must. I keep whole fish for 24 hours and filets for about 12.

 

Simple way is to use something like Hi mountain fish brine. They are a bit salty to my taste but 1-2 hours in a running cold water after brining will help.

Or find a good recipe to experiment with.

 

Here is simple brine i use for tile fish or for blue fish courtesy of Dave's cupboard.

 

1 quart water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup kosher or pickling salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 or 4 bay leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns

 

Make enough to cover your fish.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

That sounds excellent. I will give this a shot next weekend. This weekend is all about the pork. Thanks again

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by AHAKOHDA View Post

Always brine it before smoking it at low temps . It goes without saying. I never use cure for fish but good brine is a must. I keep whole fish for 24 hours and filets for about 12.

 

Simple way is to use something like Hi mountain fish brine. They are a bit salty to my taste but 1-2 hours in a running cold water after brining will help.

Or find a good recipe to experiment with.

 

Here is simple brine i use for tile fish or for blue fish courtesy of Dave's cupboard.

 

1 quart water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup kosher or pickling salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 or 4 bay leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns

 

Make enough to cover your fish.

 

This is a good basic method, I've used something similar for years with great results. And yes, major emphasis on using a brine if smoking at low temps.

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