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Course: Mains
Keyword: Hacks, Healthy, Salmon Jerky, Seafood, Snacks

Salmon Jerky

ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 21 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
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  • 1 1/4 pound side of salmon, skin on, pin bones removed
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Specialized Hardware

1 box fan
4 paper air-conditioner filters
2 bungee cords
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 21 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • Place the salmon in the freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Place the soy sauce, molasses, lemon juice, black pepper, and liquid smoke into a large ziptop bag, seal, and shake to combine. Remove the salmon from the freezer and cut into thin strips. Add the salmon strips to the bag with the marinade, reseal, and allow to marinate for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Drain the strips in a colander and pat dry on paper towels. Evenly distribute the strips of salmon onto 2 of the air filters, stacking the filters on top of one another. Top these with one empty filter. Next, lay the box fan on its side and lay the filters on top of it. Strap the filters to the fan with two bungee cords. Stand the fan upright, plug in, and set to medium. Allow the meat dry for 12 to 18 hours. If using a commercial dehydrator, follow the manufacturers directions.
  • Once dry, store the jerky in an airtight container and set in a cool, dry place for 2 to 3 months.
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