Smoked cod is extremely popular and commonly eaten all over North America. Cod fillets are a delicious and lean alternative to other proteins. A smoked cod meal will provide you with a great source of low-fat, low-calorie protein while being jam-packed with powerful nutrients and incredible flavor.
If you are looking for a light and delicious seafood meal, smoked cod is the best option available. Move over haddock! Smoking the fish can give you the yummiest and best texture.
To take the dish up a notch, serve smoked cod with sauteed veggies, whole smoked or roasted carrots, and coleslaw for the most satisfying combinations.
You can eat smoked cod solo or double the nutritional value of your dish by pairing it with some of the most delicious side dishes around. Cod itself is rich in nutrients, but partnering it up with some tasty sides makes it restaurant quality.
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How to make Smoked Cod
Here’s everything you’ll need to know to make the perfect Smoked Cod on your pellet barbecue grill, offset, or charcoal/ wood smoker. There are a lot of related recipes out there, but this is our favorite one. Making this recipe should take about an hour.
This is the most delicious recipe, trust us. So give it a try and let us know your thoughts.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Cook Temperature: 225ºF
- Finished Temperature: 145ºF
- Wood Savor: Mesquite
- Servings: 4
- Smoker of your choice (Pellet Grill, Charcoal Grill, or Offset Smoker)
- A temperature probe
- Mixing bowl
- BBQ tongs
- 4 cod loin fillets
- 1/2 cups of low sodium soy sauce
- 1 batch of Seafood Rub
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
- Start your smoker, and maintain the temperature at 225ºF.
- Add the seafood rub, ginger, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and honey together and mix well.
- Lightly coat the fillets on both sides with olive oil. You might need to apply oil a couple of times to prevent it from drying. Then coat them in the seasoning mix.
- Place them directly into the smoker and smoke them until the internal temperature of fillets reaches up to 145ºF.
- Place the fish on a dish it out and sprinkle a bit of black pepper or add tiny leaves of coriander to give it a professional look.
- Take a photo of your masterpiece — post it on Instagram and tag @BBQHero so we can see your amazing skills.
- Serve immediately. You and your guests are welcome to lick the plate.
BBQ Hero Tip: Try cutting up your cod into smaller pieces and making fish tacos with the finished smoked fish! Thank us later for this delicious meal!
How to Smoke Cod
1) Slicing the perfect quad fillets for smoking
Slice the raw codfish into pieces the size you’d like to serve. Make sure they are all the same size for even and consistent cooking. We recommend each fillet be about 6 ounces. Remember, do not use a piece that has the skin still on. The skin will not smoke properly; all skin needs to be removed. Also, remember to check your fish for bones and remove any you find. “Borrow” your wife’s eyebrow tweezers if needed for this job…we won’t tell!
2) Marinate or brine the cod
If you want to have a bold taste, you must marinate the fish before smoking. And if you want to enjoy the natural flavor of cod, try soaking it in saltwater brine for 3-4 hours.
For marinating the fish, here is what you will have to do: Take a mixing bowl large enough to fit all the fillets. Place them and the ingredients in the bowl. Mix, mix, mix! You can mix it with your hand, or you can use a pair of tongs. We prefer mixing it by hand; it ensures every ounce of the fish is coated well with seasoning.
After mixing it thoroughly, cover the bowl with kitchen wrap and place it in the fridge to refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.
3) Start your smoker, maintain the temperature at 225ºF
Start smoking the fish. It will take about 45-60 minutes at 225ºF. By using the temperature probe, check if the internal temperature of the cod has reached 145ºF. This is the ideal internal temperature to enjoy the fish. It’s cooked throughout while maintaining its tender texture.
4) Smoking the cod
Finally, when you are done marinating or brining the fish, put it into the smoker and the heat do the work. Flip the fish in regular intervals to ensure that it is cooked perfectly. By using the temperature probe, check if the internal temperature of the cod has reached 145ºF. This is the ideal internal temperature to eat the fish at. It’s cooked throughout while maintaining its tender texture.
BBQ Hero Tip: You can also try cold smoking the fish fillets. It’s a long process, but the taste outcome by using this method is just awesome.
Smoked Cod FAQs
Does smoked cod need to be soaked?
Yes, if you’re not marinating the fish it needs to soak in a saltwater brine for 3 – 4 hours to highlight the natural flavor of the fish. Ensure to pat dry afterward.
Why is smoked cod yellow?
Commonly codfish is off-white in color. When you smoke white meat, it gives a yellow-brownish hue but stays white on the inside. The outer crust is exposed to heat and gets crisp, thus reflecting a yellow color.
How long should I salt cod?
The cod must be salted for at least 48 hours before putting it on the grill. That strong salty flavor depends upon the way you cook it.
How do you desalt cod fast?
Take the fish fillets and rinse them thoroughly. Place them in a small bowl and fill almost 1/3 of it with cold water. Put the bowl into the refrigerator. Change the water after every 30 minutes. Do this at least 4 times in 2 hours. When rinsing the fillet last time again, rinse it thoroughly. Wrap the pieces in paper towels and pat dry them.
Does smoked fish go bad?
Absolutely it does. It depends upon the conditions in which you are going to store the smoked fish. When smoked fish is stored under normal conditions, it lasts up to 1- 2 weeks.
What temperature do you smoke cod at?
Smoke the cod at 225ºF. This temperature needs to be maintained in the smoker. It’s so important to routinely check your grill to ensure it is at the optimal cooking temperature.
Which smoker is best to smoke the cod?
We would recommend a pellet smoker for beginners. It comes with a wide range of functionalities. Newbies will have great results every time they use this grill for smoking cod. By using this grill, you can also make a variety of new recipes.
Dad Joke: A cod leaned into a sardine at a bar…”I’ve got something to tell you, but you can’t tell a sole.”
Other Great Smoked Seafood Options
If you’re looking to try other smoked seafood recipes, then you must give a try to our Delicious Smoked Lobster Tail, Smoked Shrimp, or Wood-Grilled Salmon recipes. They are just like this one: healthy and easy to make.