STEELHEAD 'NUGGETS' USING NEW CURE AND A HOT SMOKE

Discussion in 'Fish' started by chef willie, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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

     
  2. Willie that looks great. Nice and simple.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  3. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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
     
  4. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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 
     
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice color on those pieces!
     
  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Chef Willie.  I did some Steelhead nuggets a few months.  Very fun to hand out to friends.
     
  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    KISS, got to love it.  Looks great Willie, I think I'll grab a beer.  [​IMG]

    Tom
     
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Chef, gotta love some nice salmon & a couple cold ones !

    :beercheer:
     
  9. bryce

    bryce Smoking Fanatic

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

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