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Smoked Bluefish Recipe

You’ve stumbled upon the perfect smoked bluefish recipe! Smoking is a great way to enhance the flavor of fish and this recipe will show you the safe and easy steps to do just that.

You’ll be marinating and prepping the bluefish like a pro, and when you take that first bite, you’ll be thanking yourself for trying this recipe.

So get your smoker ready and let’s get started!

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To prepare the bluefish for smoking, you’ll need to gut and clean it. If you’re not used to buying and cleaning fish, don’t worry – it’s really not as intimidating as it seems! Before you start, you must ensure you’ve all the necessary supplies, like a sharp knife and a sturdy cutting board.

Make sure your fish is fresh – you can usually tell by the smell. Then, take your sharp knife, carefully remove the guts and scales, and fillet the fish. Once the fish is fillet, you can begin to smoke it. 


Marinating the fish will help bring out its delicious flavor. To do this, there are a variety of techniques to consider:

  • Brining:
    – Submerge the fish in a salt-water solution overnight
    – This will help tenderize and add flavor to the fish
  • Rubbing:
    – Create a marinade by combining olive oil, lemon juice, and spices
    – Rub the mixture onto the fish and let it sit for a few hours

These methods and marinating techniques will help to make your smoked bluefish recipe a delicious success! Plus, they’re easy to do and are great for any level of home cook.

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Smoking the Bluefish

Smoked bluefish is a delicious way to enjoy seafood, and with the marinating techniques you’ve already learned, you’re on your way to making a tasty dish.

Now it’s time to get smoking! For those seeking a truly unique experience, various preserving methods and brining techniques can make your smoked bluefish stand out.

If you’re a beginner, starting with a simple and safe method is best. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try experimenting with different types of wood chips or curing agents.

Once you’ve chosen your method, it’s time to start the fire. Choose a reliable smoker and ensure it’s preheated to the temperature required for your smoking technique.

After that, it’s just a matter of waiting until your bluefish is done, and you can enjoy your smoked masterpiece!


After smoking your bluefish, it’s time to plate it up and enjoy! Serving your bluefish can be a bit intimidating, but with a few simple tips, you can have a delicious and safe meal.

Here’s what you need to know about eating bluefish:

– Temperature: Make sure to serve the bluefish warm, as cold temperatures can make the fish taste off.

– Accompaniments: Serve the bluefish with a side dish of lemon wedges or tartar sauce to bring out its unique flavor.

– Safety: Eating bluefish raw isn’t recommended due to potential parasites, so make sure to cook it thoroughly before serving!

With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to enjoy your smoked bluefish!

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Smoked Bluefish Recipe

Savor the smoky goodness of our mouthwatering smoked bluefish recipe. Impress your taste buds with this simple yet impressive dish.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Marinating 4 hours
Servings 4


  • 2-3 pounds of fresh bluefish
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Wood chips hickory, apple, or cherry
  • Lemon wedges and tartar sauce for serving


Preparing the Bluefish

  1. Ensure your bluefish is fresh by checking for a clean, ocean-like smell.
  2. Place the bluefish on a clean cutting board.
  3. Using a sharp knife, gut the fish by making a lengthwise incision along the belly and remove the entrails.
  4. Remove scales by scraping them off with the back of your knife.
  5. Carefully fillet the fish, removing the bones. You can do this by making a cut behind the head, along the backbone, and down to the tail.
  6. Rinse the fillets under cold water to remove any remaining scales or debris.
  7. Pat the fillets dry with paper towels and set them aside.

Marinating the Bluefish

  1. Option 1: Brining
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the kosher salt, brown sugar, and water to create a brine solution.
  3. Submerge the bluefish fillets in the brine, ensuring they are completely covered.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight.
  5. After brining, rinse the fillets thoroughly under cold water to remove excess salt. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  6. Option 2: Rubbing
  7. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, and paprika to create a marinade.
  8. Rub the marinade generously onto both sides of the bluefish fillets.
  9. Place the fillets in a zipper bag, seal, and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.

Smoking the Bluefish

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225-250°F (107-121°C) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Soak your wood chips in water for about 30 minutes to create smoke during cooking.
  3. If you're using a charcoal smoker, light the charcoal in a chimney starter until they ash over.
  4. Add the soaked wood chips to the coals for a smoky flavor.
  5. Place the marinated bluefish fillets on the smoker grates, leaving some space between them.
  6. Insert a thermometer probe into one of the fillets to monitor the internal temperature. You're aiming for about 145°F (63°C).
  7. Smoke the bluefish for 2-3 hours, maintaining a steady temperature and adding wood chips as needed to maintain smoke.
  8. Once the bluefish reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the smoker.

Plating and Enjoying the Bluefish

  1. Transfer the smoked bluefish fillets to a serving platter.
  2. Serve the bluefish warm with lemon wedges and tartar sauce on the side to enhance the flavor.
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