Do I need to brine salmon?

Discussion in 'Fish' started by berger, May 27, 2009.

  1. berger

    berger Newbie

    I've seen some articles saying I should, some saying it is a waste of time.

    I'm smoking the salmon tonight...
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You don't need to brine salmon. The purpose of brining is to add moisture and flavor. It is a matter of personal preference whether you brine or not.

    Whatever way you chose to do the salmon, don't forget to post the qveiw. [​IMG]
  3. personally I don't.
    But I always cook salmon in a tray or lined basket so that all the juices stay with the fish and keep it moist.
  4. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    personally i do, takes it to a whole new level. it takes nothing away from the taste of the salmon, but enhances it. you dont want to overpower it but i will use a brine or dry mix of kosher and brown sugar and rinse off before smoking.
  5. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    A brine is not needed, but it can really enhance the flavor of the fish...

    When brining or curing the salmon, be sure to dry it off and let it set long enough for the pellicle to set. The is the sticky protiens that from on the surface and allow smoke particles to adhere to the flesh better...

    Smoked Salmon = Good eats!
  6. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't brine it but if BIG E is brining i will try it.
  7. countrysmoked

    countrysmoked Smoke Blower

    you probably did your salmon already but I have tried it 5-6 different ways and like the brined with kosher and brown sugar best.
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have tried a wet brine, a dry brine, and I finally settled on no brine for my salmon. The brining produces too much of a salty taste or too sweet for my taste buds. Whatever floats you boat, give it a try to find what you like. It's all good my friend.
  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Erain is the fish man. I would go that way.

    Good luck!

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