Brine for Smoked Salmon

Brine for Smoked Salmon

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 gal. water
  • 1 C kosher salt
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • lemon pepper to taste
  • 1 3 oz package dry crab and shrimp seasoning mix
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed or to taste
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce optional
  • 4 lemons sliced and crushed
  • 2 oranges sliced and crushed
  • 1 lime sliced and crushed
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced


  • Pour the water into a large bowl or small bucket.
  • Note: If you must use a pot, use one that does not contain aluminum.
  • Stir in the kosher salt, white sugar, brown sugar, lemon pepper, parsley and seasoning mix.
  • Add the garlic, hot pepper sauce, lemons, oranges, lime and onion.
  • Soak your salmon in this brine for 12 to 36 hours.
  • Remove salmon.
  • Discard remaining brine.
  • Smoke using your desired method.