How to Smoke Salmon in a Stovetop Smoker

Smoked salmon
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    Place the Wood Chips in the Smoker

    How to Smoke Salmon in a Stovetop Smoker
    Place the wood chips in the smoker base. The Spruce / Jessica Harlan

    Using a stovetop smoker to cook foods is safe, easy and fast. This tutorial shows you how to smoke salmon, but once you learn the basic method, you can smoke other kinds of fish, meats or vegetables. We're using a Camerons Stovetop Smoker, so if you're using a different kind of smoker, consult your instruction manual to make sure the method is the same.

    Place wood chips in a small pile in the base of the smoker. To smoke most foods, you won't need more than a tablespoon of the chips. Be sure to use wood chips designed specifically for stovetop smokers. These chips come in tiny pieces, almost like sawdust. Place the drip tray on top of the chips. You can cover the tray with aluminum foil (be sure to leave the holes in the corner of the smoker uncovered) or spray it with nonstick cooking spray for easy cleanup. Then place the cooking rack (you can also spray this with cooking spray) on top of the drip tray.

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    Place the Food on the Rack

    How to Smoke Salmon in a Stovetop Smoker
    Place the food on the rack. The Spruce / Jessica Harlan

    Place the salmon fillets on the cooking rack. Season the fillets with salt and pepper or, if desired, brush them with a cooking sauce, such as teriyaki sauce, soy sauce or barbecue sauce. (In this picture, we're brushing the salmon fillets with teriyaki sauce)

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    Begin the Smoking Process

    How to Smoke Salmon in a Stovetop Smoker
    Begin the smoking process. The Spruce / Jessica Harlan

    Place the smoker on a stovetop burner and close the lid partially, leaving a couple of inches open. Turn the heat to medium and watch for smoke to appear, which should take two to three minutes. When the first wisps of smoke appear, close the smoker lid completely and set the timer for 17 minutes. It's normal for a little smoke to escape from the edge of the smoker lid.

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    Finish Cooking the Salmon

    How to Smoke Salmon in a Stovetop Smoker
    Finish cooking the salmon. The Spruce / Jessica Harlan

    The salmon should take 17 to 20 minutes to cook, depending on the fillets' thickness and your desired degree of doneness. Open the smoker and remove the salmon. If the salmon is not cooked enough to your liking, you can finish it in a 350 F oven, checking after 5 minutes.