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Smoked Whitefish

This smoked whitefish is brined in a sweet mix and then smoked to perfection. Smoking whitefish adds tremendous flavor to this mild fish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 366kcal


  • smoker


  • 4 fillets whitefish no skin
  • 8-10 cups cool water
  • ½ cup kosher or pickling salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • cup maple syrup OPTIONAL – for basting during smoking


  • Gather all the ingredients needed for this recipe
    Overhead photo of all the ingredients.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients for the brine together.
    Brine ingredients mixed well inside an aluminum tray.
  • Pour brine over whitefish filets and then brine in the fridge for at least four hours or up to 12 hours.
    Whitefish fillets added to the brine.
  • Remove and rinse whitefish and place back in the fridge for 2 hours to allow pellicle to form. Forming a pellicle is imperative to the smoking process as it gives the smoke a surface to stick to and really enhance the flavor of whatever you're smoking.
    Fillets removed from brine and cooled for 2 hours.
  • Smoke at 200 for two hours
    Fillets placed inside a smoker.
  • Be sure to watch your whitefish close for the last 45 minutes of smoking so that the filets don't dry out.
    Cooked whitefish fillets inside a smoker.
  • Remove whitefish from the smoker.
    Overhead photo of whitefish fillets resting on a wooden cutting board.
  • Allow to cool slightly.
    Closeup photo of whitefish fillets cooling on a wooden cutting board.
  • Serve.
    Closeup photo of a whitefish fillet on a white plate. The fillet is missing a bite.
  • Enjoy every bite!
    Closeup photo of a fork with a bite of smoked whitefish.


Serving: 1Fillet | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 16447mg | Potassium: 717mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg