Salmon Brine That's Oh-So-Fine


Basic recipe that can be tweaked to your liking. We serve smoked salmon with a sour cream/dill/horseradish sauce over sliced baguette to guests that rave on and on about how incredible it is. This recipe works well with halibut too!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 gallon brine


  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

  • 1 gallon water

  • 1 cup kosher salt

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced

  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder


  1. Place peppercorns in a plastic bag and seal. Crush peppercorns on a work surface using a rolling pin.

  2. Combine water, crushed peppercorns, salt, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, white sugar, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and onion powder in a large bowl; stir until sugars and salt dissolve completely.

Cook's Note:

You can heat everything to intensify flavors and help dissolving process go faster, but must cool completely before adding salmon/fish.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

2039 Calories
1g Fat
531g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 2039
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 91298mg 3,969%
Total Carbohydrate 531g 193%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 500g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 22mg 110%
Calcium 515mg 40%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 1061mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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