Tea-Smoked Salmon with Citrus-Cucumber Relish

May 17, 2020

Romulo Yanes image of tea-smoked salmon

A delicious recipe from Robert Dahni. He shares some delicious tips and tricks to using tea to smoke your favorite barbeque meal in the video below.

A quick soak in dark soy sauce gives this salmon a beautiful color. If you want extra crunch, try adding diced jícama or water chestnuts to the relish.

INGREDIENTS
For the salmon marinade:
  • 1/4 cup Chinese dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest (from one of the oranges in the relish, below)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Six 6-oz. center-cut, skin-on salmon fillets
For the relish:
  • 2 Valencia oranges
  • 1 large pink grapefruit
  • 1 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • Kosher salt
For the tea-smoked salmon:
  • 1/4 cup whole-leaf oolong or jasmine tea
  • 1/4 cup rice, preferably jasmine
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 8 whole star anise
  • 2 Tbs. crushed cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds (preferably a mixture of black and white)
PREPARATION

Marinate the salmon

In a 9×13-inch glass dish, whisk the soy sauce, sugar, orange zest, and red pepper flakes. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Cover with plastic and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Make the relish

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from one of the oranges into 1×2-inch strips, avoiding as much of the white pith as possible. Set aside.

Cut off enough of the tops and bottoms of the oranges to expose a circle of flesh. Slice off the peel in strips from top to bottom. Working over a medium bowl, cut the segments free from the membranes, letting them fall into the bowl. Cut the grapefruit into segments using the same method.

Gently fold the cucumber, mint, ginger, lime zest, sugar, sesame oil, and 1/4 tsp. salt into the citrus. Season to taste with more salt.

Smoke the salmon

Put the tea, rice, sugar, star anise, cinnamon, and reserved orange zest strips in the center of a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. (If using thinner foil, use 2 or 3 layers.) Fold the foil loosely to form a flat packet.

Prepare a medium-high gas or charcoal grill fire. Clean and oil the grill grate; set aside. Set the tea-smoking packet directly on the hot coals or on top of a metal burner shield. Put the grate back on the grill and close the lid. On a charcoal grill, leave the vents partially open and wait for smoke to rise from the vents. On a gas grill, wait 10 minutes, then open the lid to check for smoke. If there is none, close the lid and check again in a few minutes.

Drain the salmon and pat dry with paper towels. Brush the salmon lightly with the oil.

Arrange the salmon skin side up on the grill grate so that it’s not directly over the packet, and then close the lid. Smoke the salmon, flipping once, until cooked to medium doneness, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Serve with the citrus relish, sprinkled with the scallions and sesame seeds.

Watch Robert Danhi prepare this recipe.

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