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keto smoked salmon lox without a smoker

How to Make Smoked Salmon without a Smoker

How to Make Smoked Salmon without a Smoker - This easy Smoked Salmon is a delicious way to enjoy smoked salmon for a fraction of the cost. This salmon lox recipe ensures that the homemade smoked salmon stays moist thanks to a simple brine and takes on an amazing amount of smoke flavor.

  • Total Time: 20 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 32 oz 1x


Units Scale
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs frozen salmon fillets, thawed, skin removed

For the Seasoning:

  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional - 1 tbsp spices of choice


  1. Dry the salmon fillet (or individual fillets) with a paper towel.  Season each side of the fillet generously with salt and sugar. Place it in a dish covered and allow it to cure for 12-18 hours.  
  2. Rinse the salmon under cold water to remove any extra salt.  
  3. Combine the water and the liquid salt in a bowl and whisk to incorporate.  Soak the salmon in the liquid smoke mixture for 6-8 hours in the fridge, flipping it every couple of hours to ensure both sides of the fillet are seasoned. 
  4. Remove the salmon from the liquid smoke mixture and dry with a towel. Let the salmon sit at room temperature on a wire rack for about 8 hours to create nice dry crust.
  5.  Slice the salmon into thin pieces and serve as you wish. Enjoy!


  • you can use either a single fillet or several pieces of salmon that will equal 1.5- 2 lbs
  • Feel free to make a smaller serving size by halving the recipe
  • Author: Cat
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Curing Time: 20 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Snacks, Breakfast
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Whole30, Keto, Paleo


  • Serving Size: 1 oz
  • Calories: 37
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fat: 1.3
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 6.3

Keywords: smoked, salmon, appetizer, keto, paleo, whole30, snack, healthy, PSMF, zero carb

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