Start with fresh, high-quality haddock. Look for firm, translucent fillets with a mild scent of the sea. Freshness is key to achieving the best flavor when smoking fish.
Smoking fish requires brining to provide flavor and moisture. A basic brine can be made with water, salt, sugar, and seasonings like garlic, herbs, and spices.
Dry rub haddock before smoking to improve flavor. A dry rub typically contains salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and herbs. Customize the ratios to your pleasure.
Your wood chips can greatly affect the flavor of smoked haddock. Apple and cherry woods, which taste sweet and mellow, are popular.
Maintain a low and consistent smoking temperature, ideally between 180°F to 220°F (82°C to 104°C).
Smoke fish according to the manufacturer's directions. Set a grill for indirect heat and place a foil packet of damp wood chips directly over the hot coals to make a DIY smoker.
Smoking times can vary depending on the thickness of the haddock fillets and the temperature of the smoker. Generally, haddock will take 1 to 2 hours to smoke.