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STEELHEAD 'NUGGETS' USING NEW CURE AND A HOT SMOKE

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Had a small farmed steelhead filet to smoke and ran across a recipe in the library from a book titled Rays Fish Shack. They called them 'nuggets' and the cure was simple....1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of water. Marinate 30 minutes, drain with no rinse, fan dry for 1-2 hours and then hot smoke for about 30 minutes until caramelized. The picture in the book had me hooked so off we went. I used cherry wood chunks in the 200 degree smoker for 45 minutes. IT of the steelhead hit 140 and looked good so pulled them. I expected some salty twang but they were fine. Boys at the bar scarfed them down with cold beer so all was good. I love simple & good results......Willie

 

 

didn't look like a lot

 

all tossed and coated

 

after 30 minute marinade--lot of liquid pooled

 

after 90 minutes of fan time

 

after 45 minutes of cherry wood smoke at 200 degrees

post #2 of 9

Willie that looks great. Nice and simple.

Happy smoken.

David

post #3 of 9

Hi Chef Willie,

 

Your nuggets look great. Thanks for posting the cure and process. I'd like to try it sometime as I've never smoked fish before and this looks like a pretty simple recipe for getting my feet wet.

 

I'm curious how the texture of the fish came out?  Dry or moist? 

 

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Clarissa

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Hi Chef Willie,

 

Your nuggets look great. Thanks for posting the cure and process. I'd like to try it sometime as I've never smoked fish before and this looks like a pretty simple recipe for getting my feet wet.

 

I'm curious how the texture of the fish came out?  Dry or moist? 

 

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Clarissa

Hey Clarissa....hmmm, some of the thinner pieces were 'dry' but not bad dry (like eating a saltine), ya know? The plumper pieces were just right IMO. Now, this was devoured within a few hours so I have no idea what it would have been like today. And there was no oily sheen on the fingers afterwards like with some smoked fish....Willie 

post #5 of 9

Nice color on those pieces!

post #6 of 9

Looks great Chef Willie.  I did some Steelhead nuggets a few months.  Very fun to hand out to friends.

post #7 of 9

KISS, got to love it.  Looks great Willie, I think I'll grab a beer.  cheers.gif

 

Tom

post #8 of 9
Looks great Chef, gotta love some nice salmon & a couple cold ones !

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post #9 of 9
Nice job. Cherry wood, how was it? Wish I could have tasted those!
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