Drunken Smoked Salmon

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Drunken Smoked Salmon gets its name from being cooked in vodka and gives this salmon its drunken state and unique flavor. 

The vodka-infused smokey taste really keeps you wanting more and more it's so flaky and delicious and the juices are fabulous.

Don't worry if you're not into using alcohol, chicken broth or apple juice is a fine substitute.

It's very adaptable to nonalcohol so don't let that turn you off to this amazing seafood dish.

Salmon is a hearty firm fish and absorbs all the wonderful herbs and spices.

This smoked style fish can be made on the grill, electric smoker, or gas smoker and even air fried with some liquid smoke as an alternative.

If you're a salmon lover you may also like to try our Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon Recipe.

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this is salmon done in an electric smoker

Smoking Foods

Smoked foods are easy to make using basic ingredients that will make your meal unique in flavors whether you use a rub or fresh herbs.

You can easily adapt your smoked salmon in several different ways for flavors just scroll to my suggestions if you're not fond of using alcohol in your recipes.

Salmon can be made sweet with fresh fruits like mango and crushed pineapple or savory with just dill and some butter.

This is vodka or even using chicken broth as a substitute in flavor moist fork flakey fish that everyone raves about.

this is salmon smoked in vodka

Ingredients You Will Need (see suggestions below for more flavor combinations)

  • salmon, (or use sea bass, or halibut, cod, mahi-mahi, or other fish you prefer)
  • vodka, wine, beer, or chicken broth
  • olive oil
  • fresh dill
  • sliced garlic
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes, cajun seasoning, or hot sauce for a spicy hot style fish

this is raw salmon

Other Favorite Topping Recipes

  1. teriyaki sauce with crushed pineapple and a little brown sugar
  2. mango, chopped green bell peppers, pineapple, and papaya
  3. pecans, brown sugar, and apricot preserves
  4. fresh lemon butter garlic sliced and fresh dill weed
  5. cajun spices, tequila, and hot sauce
  6. chicken broth butter and fresh parsley, basil, garlic with oregano
  7. jarred pesto
  8. heavy cream with dill and melted butter poured over smoked salmon after cooking
  9. rosemary, lemon wedges, black pepper, and butter (shown in the photo above)

this is salmon tested with a meat thermometer in an electric smoker

Alternate Cooking Methods

  • Stovetop: you will need to add liquid smoke for a smokey flavored salmon and to the amount on the bottle directions then saute in a gridded style cast iron pan with 2 tablespoons cooking oil or butter add a topping of choice and just heat the last 5 minutes of cooking 
  • Air Fryer: preheat to 400 degrees, oil spray salmon using a pie plate that's oven-proof, or place on an oil sprayed basket. add 1 tablespoon liquid smoke and whatever other ingredients 2 minutes before completed cooking on top it takes around 7 minutes or until salmon flakes easily
  • Oven: preheat oven to bake at 400 degrees using the same directions as air frying with liquid smoke and bake for 12 minutes with ingredients of choice place on top around 6 minutes into baking

this is smoked salmon in the juices

Perfect Side Dishes

  1. Mandarin Pineapple Coleslaw
  2. Salt and Vinegar Potatoes
  3. Cowboy Beans
  4. Cornbread

these are pecan smoking chips for an electric smoker

Other Favorite Salmon Recipes

Barbecued Salman

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

Lemon Dill Salmon

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Seafood Lovers!

I highly recommend using fresh herbs and spices for any kind of fish you decide to smoke.

Fish will cook very quickly so remember to cook on low heat and slow for the best results.

If you love salmon, this is a great addition to your recipe collection.

Drunken Smoked Salmon

Drunken Smoked Salmon
Yield: 4
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 10 M
This is moist flavorful drunken salmon smoked in pecan wood chips slow cooked.


  • 1 to 1-1/2 pound whole salmon fillet, skin, and bones removed
  • 2 shot glasses unflavored vodka or tequila (optional) or 1/2 cup beer, wine
  • 2 teaspoons honey, brown sugar, or orange marmalade
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • optional: cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • wood smoking chips I use pecan chips or jack-daniels smoker chips


  1. Preheat the smoker to 230 degrees for 2 hours.
  2. Place some water in the smoked pan (if using an electric smoker).
  3. Fill the smoker compartment with pecan smoking chips or to the package instructions.
  4. Add the salmon to the disposable pan skin side down..
  5. Pour a shot of vodka, beer, wine, or chicken broth, over the top of the salmon to moisten.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over the top along with honey or sugar, then add the sliced garlic randomly to the salmon.
  7. Add the salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste if using.
  8. Cover loosely with foil.
  9. Put the pan in the smoker and cook for two hours and filling the smoking chips as needed.
  10. If using a grill instead of electric or gas smokers, refer to your manual.
  11. You want the internal temperature of the fish to be at 130 degrees in the thickest part of the salmon.
  12. Additional Flavor Toppings:
  13. (use any combinations and spread on top)
  14. 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce with 2/3 cup crushed pineapple and 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  15. 1 cup combined mango, chopped green bell peppers, pineapple, and papaya
  16. 1/4 cup pecans, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2/3 cup apricot preserves
  17. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup melted butter 3 cloves garlic sliced and fresh dill weed
  18. 1 tablespoon cajun spices, 1/2 cup tequila, and dash hot sauce
  19. 1 cup chicken broth butter and 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, basil, garlic with oregano
  20. 1 cup jarred pesto
  21. 1 cup heavy cream with1 tablespoon dill and2 tablespoons melted butter poured over smoked salmon after cooking
  22. sprinkle evenly on top rosemary, lemon slices, black pepper, and butter

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  1. I had only drunken shrimp before and I loved it. Since salmon is one of my favourites, this is definitely something I must try...maybe with some brandy?

    1. thats a great substitution since salmon always taste terrific with fruits or sweet ingredients!

  2. I'm always looking for salmon recipes - this looks delicious.

  3. Love all the flavors here, I already know I’m going to enjoy this recipe a lot!

  4. I have never heard of drunken salmon, but I am loving the flavours. Perfect for serving to guests.

  5. Cooking in Vodka sounds so unique to me. That's one delicious meal.

  6. I love that you provided other flavor combination possibilities. What a great recipe. Can't wait to make it again.

  7. Oh I just love salmon but I have never tried it smoked. This looks soo good.

  8. Love the idea adding vodka to the smoked salmon! Gonna try it soon!

  9. I love this twist on smoked salmon!! I feel like it's the perfect summer recipe - can't wait to try this soon!

  10. This looks so good, Claudia! We love salmon, and are always looking for new ways to enjoy it!


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