Traeger smoked salmon filet with lemon slices

Traeger Smoked Salmon

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This Traeger smoked salmon is slightly sweet and lightly crusted with a moist, flaky center.  Salmon smoked on a pellet grill is a delicious dish to enjoy hot or cold.


Ingredients for Making Traeger Smoked Salmon

  • 2-3 pound salmon filet
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cups peach or apricot preserves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

How to Make Pellet Grill Smoked Salmon

Prepare the Fish

  • Rinse the salmon under cold water
  • Pat dry thoroughly with paper towels

Brining the Salmon

  • Combine the own sugar, salt and black pepper
  • Place on half of the mixture in the bottom of a sheet cake pan and spread evenly
  • Put the salmon, skin side down, on top of the mixture
  • Add the remaining mixture to the top of the fish and pat into the fish surface
  • Cover pan with plastic wrap, pushing as much air out as possible
  • Refrigerate for 4-6 hours
brining the Traeger smoked salmon
Brine the Salmon

Smoking the Salmon on Your Pellet Grill

  • Set your temperature on the Trager Smoker to 225 degrees
  • When temperature is reached, spray grates with a non-stick cooking spray
  • Place salmon on the grate, skin side down and set timer for 1-hour
  • Mix together the preserves, dill and re pepper flakes
  • After 1-hour, lift lid of the smoker and brush the preserves mixture across the surface of the fish. I use all of the mixture because I really like the flavor and surface crust it gives.
  • Arrange the lemon slices on top of the salmon
  • Close lid again and continue to smoke for 1 more hour or until internal temperature of the fish reaches 145 degrees
collage of smoking salmon on Traeger smoker
Smoking Salmon on Trager Grill

Tips on Smoking Salmon on a Traeger Grill

Why do I need to Brine the Salmon Before Smoking

Brining draws the excess liquid away from the salmon to allow the smoking process to work properly.

How Long do I Need to Smoke the Salmon at 225 Degrees

I smoked my salmon at 225 degrees for approximately one hour before brushing with the preserves mixture and one hour after. I highly recommend an accurate grilling thermometer to help assure proper temperature.

Which Wood Pellets are Best for Grill Smoking

I use and LOVE the Traeger Wood Pellets. They are a natural all wood pellet without additives or chemicals. I prefer the Apple, Cherry or Maple for smoking fish. Their Signature flavor is also a good option. These flavors add just a bit of sweet fruitiness without overpowering the delicate fish taste.

Flaky Pellet Grill Smoked Salmon

Can This Salmon be Done in Another Brand of Smoker

Yes, it can be done in another smoker. I own the Traeger, so that is what I cook on. But, there are several other smoker brands that would also work well. I have heard good things about the Big Green Egg and the Pit Boss smokers. I’ve also been seeing the Kamado around a lot as well. With each grill, you may need to adjust times a bit.

Traeger smoked salmon filet with lemon slices

Traeger Smoked Salmon

Slightly sweet smoked salmon with a crispy outer layer
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: traeger,pellet grill,smoked salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 722kcal


  • Traeger smoker or similar pellet grill smoker


  • 3 lb salmon fillet
  • 2 c light brown sugar
  • c salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • ¾ c peach preserves (can substitute apricot)
  • tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 med lemons (thin sliced)



  • Rinse your fish under cold water and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.
  • Combine the light brown sugar, ⅓ cups salt and 2 tsp. black pepper.
  • Place one half of this mixture in the bottom of a large sheet cake pan or disposable aluminum pan. Spread the mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  • Place the salmon filet, skin side down on top of the mixture. Spread the remaining half over the top of the fish and pat into the fish.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 722kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 6427mg | Potassium: 1259mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 92g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

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