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Salmon Bacon!

Pink salmon portions, brown sugar and sea salt
Salmon and ingredients for salmon bacon

I am not sure why I wanted to make salmon bacon or even what it was but I had a google and found a recipe from the Poshpescatarian. I was looking for a chewy, texture and a salty, smokey salmon taste, that would make a good nibble or to put on top of a salad. I have made salmon jerky before and it is very similar but smaller pieces and quicker to make.

I used 4 pieces of frozen pink salmon that I defrosted in the fridge overnight.

Marinating Pink Salmon in brown sugar and salt
Marinating Pink Salmon in brwon sugar and salt

When the pink salmon has defrosted make a mix of thick brown sugar and sea salt. I used about a teaspoon of sugar for each portion and 3 teaspoons of sea salt for the 4 portions. Rub this mixture on the salmon and leave in a dish in the fridge for a couple of hours. This starts to draw out some of the moisture and adds to the final taste. After two hours the salmon will be in a liquid sugar salt mix as the water comes out the salmon.

Wash the salmon portions and then, if you have plenty of time which you may have if you are locked down, get them on the BBQ! If you've been set free and haven't got so much time it is fine to cook them under the grill.

Pink Salmon on the BBQ
Pink Salmon on the BBQ

If the BBQ is going well they will only take about 10 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on them as they are easy to burn and you need to turn them regularly or they will stick on the grill.

Once cooked flake them into small flakes in a bowl and add some smokey sauce. If you have liquid smoke you could use this or I used something called Deep Smoke, liquid seasoning made by Knorr. You can then leave the flaked salmon in the fridge for a few hours before cooking in the oven.

Salmon Bacon
Salmon Bacon

When you are ready to cook the salmon flakes scatter them on a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and cook them for about 15 minutes. Then switch off the oven but leave the salmon bacon as it is now in the oven for anywhere between 30 minutes and a couple of hours depending how dry you would like the salmon bacon to be. I prefer it to be chewy rather than hard so 30 minutes was long enough for me.

Enjoy, they make very tasty nibbles and spice up a salad.

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