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Smoked Albacore Tuna

Smoked Albacore Tuna

By Traeger Kitchen

Fresh meets simple. A little salt, a little sugar, and some citrus zest and you've got a versatile fish dish fit for any day of the week.

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time

4 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
1 Cup kosher salt
1 Cup brown sugar
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
6 (8 oz) albacore tuna fillets
Nonstick cooking spray or olive oil, for greasing


  • 1

    In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, and orange and lemon zest.

  • 2

    In a large container, pack the brine onto the fish, making sure, if the fillets are stacked, that there is enough brine between each so the flesh of the fish itself is not touching. Transfer to the refrigerator to brine for 6 hours.

  • 3

    Remove the fillets from the brine and and rinse thoroughly under cool water. Pat dry and place on a greased wire rack set over a baking sheet.

  • 4

    Return the fillets on the rack to the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180˚F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 6

    Remove the fillets from the refrigerator and place directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 3 hours.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Increase the grill temperature to 225˚F and continue cooking until the fish has developed a light brown color and flakes easily when nudged with a fork, about 1 hour more.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


  • 8

    Remove the fish from the grill and enjoy immediately, or allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

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