The best smoked salmon recipe

We got a Traeger awhile ago and have been making smoked salmon ever since. Lately I’ll have smoked salmon bagels with greek salad and it’s so much briny goodness. 

Below is our go-to recipe.

Smoked Salmon

Yield: this recipe works with any size salmon, just wait to take it off smoker until internal temp reaches 145F


coarse kosher salt
brown sugar
maple syrup


Generously salt your salmon using . Place in fridge for 6 hours or over night. The next day, rinse your salmon under water. Place back in the fridge for 6 hours, so it gets "tacky" (this let's the smoked flavor stick to the salmon). Place your smoker on 180F. Smoke salmon until internal temperature reaches 145F. We've used a variety of different salmon sizes and to reach internal temp of 145F it takes 4-6 hours. Mix together 1 part brown sugar and 1 part maple syrup.  Twice, during the last 2 hours of cooking, brush/spoon on your brown sugar-maple syrup mixture.

Here’s the recipe in photo form:

Salt. Let sit in fridge.

Rinse off. Let sit in fridge.

Smoke + glaze.



  1. Thank you so much for that first reminder! I feel like I’m in a season of that right now and have been wondering whether that’s a normal part of the intuitive eating journey. I’ve been practicing intuitive eating for a few years now and while I know there’s no such thing as a perfect eater, lately I feel like my intuitive eating practices and ability to tune into and honor my body have been off. This is probably partly due to a lot of major life changes at once (new job, moving to a new city) and being in the first trimester of my second pregnancy (hello nausea and midnight bowls of cereal), but it’s hard not to get frustrated when I end up overly hungry or overly full or just plain dissatisfied with multiple eating experiences in a row.

    • ANDDD first trimester eating is hard because it’s not like you get a chance to practice it often. Once you get the hang of it, it’s over!

  2. Ok so many good thoughts here! I loved when you said “Sometimes I forget that I want to look like me.” So true. Also really love how you call out beautiful actions in your girls; I want to be more intentional about doing that with my friends and family as well. <3

  3. #3 reminds of The Lazy Genius podcast/book/IG where Kendra talks about “naming what matters.” I now try to name what matters when deciding how to spend time/money/energy!

  4. Loooove the concept of choosing what to optimize! This articulates why I hardly wear make-up despite knowing I look more polished with it on. I’d just rather allocate more time to my family and my health than my appearance. And I’m comfortable enough with the less-polished version of myself :)
    Question if you’re willing: do you intentionally eat more vegetables now than a couple of years ago? Or am I imagining this? Would be curious to hear your thoughts on reincorporating foods that the diet industry highjacks if this is relevant!

  5. This is my first comment, but I’ve been a fan of your blog and work for quite some time. Your candour on motherhood and body image are so appreciated!

    I did want to make a suggestion. This post is full of so much goodness talking about celebrating beauty in non-aesthetic ways, and about positive body image for your girls and all our kids, really. I was sad to see the way that you described that one picture as ‘gaunt’. You later qualified that there’s nothing ‘wrong’ with a very thin body but I think there’s something to be said for talking highly of ALL body types- whether curvy OR thin. 

    As someone who is naturally thin and has struggled with being underweight when nursing or when stressed, and has body issues during those times, I think that a message of compassion and kindness should extend in both directions.

    My two cents :) 

    • Hey Chrissy, thanks for sharing your experience reading this post. What you’re saying makes a lot of sense!

      • Chrissy, thank you so much for sharing this. I have been contemplating commenting on this as well, and you said this so eloquently. I’m
        a naturally thin person too and have dealt with body images issues around this. The woman in the picture above is beautiful and I felt really sad when she was labeled as gaunt. I have found that I sometimes feel excluded In the intuitive eating space because I am thin…Sometimes I feel like my struggles with body image aren’t valid because I’m thin. I hope we can all work towards celebrating all bodies, regardless of size. Because the issue isn’t body size, it’s ability to accept ourselves and care for ourselves regardless of our size. Kylie, I’m a long time reader and I absolutely adore you and your work. I owe a lot of my recovery to you and Robyn. But I did want to share that this made me sad. 

  6. Love Jordan Peterson and love you! The lists of thoughts are my fave thing. Thank you!!!

  7. I love that you can make this smoked salmon with whatever size fish. Sometimes I see recipes for a whole side of salmon, and that is just too much for me. But, your recipe is very simple and delicious.

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