Tea-Smoked Salmon: A Delightful British-Inspired Brunch Dish with a Hint of Earl Grey

Indulge in a sophisticated and flavorful brunch dish with this Tea-Smoked Salmon recipe, inspired by the best of British cuisine. Delicately infused with the aromatic essence of Earl Grey tea, this dish brings an innovative and delightful twist to your classic smoked salmon. Ideal for a weekend brunch or special occasion, this recipe will undoubtedly impress your guests and awaken their taste buds.


  • 4 salmon fillets, skin on (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup loose Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • Include a misture of your favorite side vegetables 


  1. In a small bowl, mix the loose Earl Grey tea leaves, brown sugar, uncooked white rice, lemon zest, sea salt, and black peppercorns. This will be your tea-smoking mixture.

  2. Line a wok or deep frying pan with a double layer of aluminum foil, ensuring the foil extends over the sides of the pan. Spread the tea-smoking mixture evenly over the foil.

  3. Place a wire rack or steamer insert in the wok or pan, ensuring it sits above the smoking mixture. Brush the rack or insert lightly with olive oil to prevent the salmon from sticking.

  4. Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels and brush them lightly with olive oil. Place the fillets, skin-side down, on the prepared rack or insert.

  5. Cover the wok or pan with a tight-fitting lid or another layer of aluminum foil, ensuring the edges are sealed well to keep the smoke inside.

  6. Turn the stove to medium-high heat and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your desired level of doneness. The tea-smoking mixture will start to smoke, infusing the salmon with a delicate Earl Grey flavor.

  7. Once the salmon is cooked, carefully remove it from the wok or pan and place it on a serving platter. Be aware that the wok, pan, and salmon will be very hot, so use caution.

  8. Garnish the tea-smoked salmon with chopped fresh dill and serve immediately. This dish is perfect for a British-inspired brunch, accompanied by your favorite side dishes and, of course, a lovely cup of tea.

Note: Ensure your kitchen is well-ventilated during the smoking process, as it may produce a considerable amount of smoke.


Final Note:

This Tea-Smoked Salmon recipe offers a unique and elevated dining experience for all who enjoy the classic combination of tea and salmon. The subtle hint of Earl Grey imparts a distinctive flavor that elevates this dish to new heights. So go ahead, gather your friends and family, and treat them to a memorable British-inspired brunch with this exquisite and delectable Tea-Smoked Salmon.


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Written by Maximilian Lucena

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