What Is a Good Salmon Candy Recipe?

What Is a Good Salmon Candy Recipe?

Salmon candy is a type of smoked salmon cured in sugar and salt. This recipe involves baking the salmon in the oven with maple syrup to get a dry-smoked taste.

Salmon Candy Recipe

Salmon candy is a traditional method for preparing salmon that originates from the Pacific Northwest. This recipe was originally published on the Cooking Channel website. It is recommended for intermediate cooks and takes several hours to prepare.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Rest time: 12 hours and 30 minutes

Cook time: 6 hours

Ready in: 18 hours and 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  1. Prepare the salmon
  2. Cut the salmon fillets into 1/2-inch strips.

  3. Cure the salmon
  4. Mix the sugar and salt together and spread around 1/3 into a shallow dish. Lay the salmon strips onto the dish and use the rest of the sugar and salt mixture to cover the salmon. Put the strips in the fridge and let them cure for 12 hours.

  5. Prepare the oven and pan
  6. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Turn on the oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

  7. Prepare the salmon
  8. Scrape the sugar and salt mixture from the salmon strips. Use a paper towel to blot each strip dry. Lay the salmon onto the baking sheet and let it sit for half an hour at room temperature.

  9. Prepare the maple syrup mixture
  10. In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce and liquid smoke. Brush the salmon strips with the mixture.

  11. Bake the salmon
  12. Put the salmon in the preheated oven to bake. Bake the strips for a total of 6 hours, turning and basting every hour. To let the salmon candy harden, refrain from basting the strips in the last hour of cooking. Remove the strips from the oven when it is hardened, but not completely dry. Season with black pepper.