Last updated October 31, 2019

This smoked cranberry salmon is a healthy, festive change to traditional turkey and ham, and it’s packed with the flavors of the holidays.

white plate with salmon filet covered in cranberry sauce

Feel free to use any smoker or even a gas grill, just be sure to use indirect heat, so you don’t burn the skin.

I used Halos mandarin oranges for this recipe, because I love that they don’t have seeds.

Pistachios add great texture to this dish, but they can be expensive, so I buy them from the bulk section. That way you only have to purchase the amount you need.

white plate with salmon filet covered in cranberry sauce

Smoked Cranberry Salmon

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon, smoked
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

This smoked cranberry salmon is a healthy, festive change to traditional turkey and ham, and it's packed with the flavors of the holidays.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large filet of salmon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 mandarin oranges sliced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pistachios

Cranberry Rosemary Chutney

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp shallot minced
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 inch sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the smoker to 275 with oak and alder wood*.
  2. Rub the both sides of the salmon with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the salmon to the smoker, skin-side down. Top with mandarin orange slices. Smoke for 45 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to 375F degrees. Spoon on the Cranberry Rosemary Chutney (recipe below). Continue smoking for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove to a platter and sprinkle with toasted, chopped pistachios.

Cranberry Rosemary Chutney

  1. Heat olive oil in a sauce pot over medium heat. Sauté shallot and zest from the orange.
  2. Add juice from the orange and remaining ingredients. Increase heat to medium high. Cook and stir until berries pop and sauce forms, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Nutrition Facts
Smoked Cranberry Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 892mg39%
Potassium 332mg9%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 690IU14%
Vitamin C 31.5mg38%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.