Smoked Paddlefish Recipe

Smoked Paddlefish Recipe (Photo courtesy of Adam Cole)

Fire up your smoker and invite some friends over to enjoy this tasty smoked paddlefish recipe

By: Adam Cole

My favorite way to eat paddlefish (or spoonbill) is by cutting it up into steaks and chunks, brining it for a couple of days, and then smoking it. Simple and delicious.

A gallon-sized zip-top bag full of paddlefish filet meat can feed approximately 10 people.

Serves: 10

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes (+2 days brine time)


  • 1 pound paddlefish, cut into 1-inch steaks and chunks
  • Brine solution (brown sugar, salt, water, and your favorite spices)


1. Place paddlefish steaks and chunks into zip-top bag with brine solution. Put in refrigerator and let marinate for a couple of days.2. Prepare smoker to the 225 to 250-degree range. (I like to use pecan wood.) Remove paddlefish meat from refrigerator and let it warm up a bit, almost to room temperature.

3. Smoke paddlefish for approximately an hour and a half. Once the internal temperature of the paddlefish has reached 160 degrees for approximately 30-minutes, remove meat from smoker.

4. Wrap smoked paddlefish in foil and allow to cool before serving.

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