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Hot Tea Smoked Salmon

Hot Tea Smoked Salmon

Learn how to smoke salmon at home with this easy recipe: Hot Tea Smoked Salmon!

Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara



  • 4 salmon fillets
  • Salt to season
  • Vegetable oil

Smoking mix

  • 250 gms – 2 cups brown sugar
  • 250 gms – 2 cups long grain rice but not Basmati which is too aromatic
  • 45 gms – 1 cup tea leaves you can use up to double this amount


  1. Put the sugar, rice and tea leaves into a bowl and mix together.
  2. Line a wok with foil and pour in the mixture. Put the wok on the fire to heat up.
  3. Season the salmon with salt and spray it with some oil.
  4. Spray a bamboo steamer with oil (or line it with baking paper – be sure to make some holes in the paper for the smoke to pass through).
  5. Place the steamer with the salmon in the wok, about 5 cm – 2 inches above the tea mixture. There needs to be room for the smoke to circulate or the salmon will over-smoke. Cover with foil or a wok lid.
  6. Cook, covered, for 7 – 8 minutes, then set it aside for 5 minutes to rest.
  7. Serve with boiled potatoes and some home-made aioli.