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Smoked Salmon

Why Wild Caught

Over 60% of the fish eaten in the United States is farm-raised, so when you are at a restaurant do you really know if it is Wild Caught? And why should you care? Well…here are some scary facts!

Smoked Salmon

A photo of my dad!
  1. MERCURY AND TOXINS: Farmed Salmon have 7 times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon:  Wild salmon, for the most part, feed on krill, giving them their rich red color. Krill are mostly toxin-free (which is why I recommend Krill oil for an Omega 3 supplement). On the flip side, farm raised are fed pellets containing high concentrations of fish, which increases toxins and mercury in the salmon.
  2. SEA LICE: Farmed Salmon has 30 times the number of sea lice. Blood-sucking sea lice often attach themselves to adult salmon, but the little parasites aren’t a big deal on larger fish. Also, sea lice can’t live in fresh water, so they die off when the salmon go upstream to spawn. By the time the young salmon make it to the ocean, they are large enough to handle the occasional sea lice. But, when salmon farms are located near salmon migration routes, the large numbers of adult fish swimming close together mean that sea lice start to cause problems and infestations start to happen. The young salmon can’t handle large numbers of lice so they never make it to adulthood. You would think this would put an end to the farmed salmon, but nope, they found a way around this problem… give them antibiotics!
  3. ANTIBIOTICS: Farmed Salmon are given antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock have less omega 3’s due to lack of wild diet are crowded into small areas inhibiting movement, and causing disease. To combat lice and other diseases, the man-raised fish are given antibiotics. The number of antibiotics given is in higher concentrations than any other ‘livestock’. Those antibiotics are passed on to the consumer, making us more antibiotic resistant.
  4. FOOD DYE: Remember, I mentioned that the most common food we eat isn’t even a food… it is food dye? Well, this is also the case with salmon. The color of a farmed fish is gray due to its diet and confinement. To make it look pink/red, the fish are fed chemical dyes. One of the artificial colorants added to the fish feed, canthaxanthin, has been linked to retinal damage when taken orally and yet the FDA has approved it!
  5. GMO FOODS: Farmed Salmon are fed chemicals to give them color are fed pellets of chicken feces, corn meal, soy, genetically modified canola oil and other fish which have dangerous toxins.  These toxic fish pellets also contain unsanitary and genetically modified foods.


This is why we order Butcherbox Salmon!

ButcherBox is an amazing company that mails tasty wild caught salmon, organic grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and chicken right to your front door! They save me so much time by not having to run to the grocery store! I always have something to make. Even just grilling up a steak or frying up a tasty burger or pork chops for an easy keto meal; I have something from ButcherBox in the freezer I can easily make such as my smoked salmon using wild caught salmon!

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Smoked Salmon

 Father’s Day Gift Idea

One of Craig’s favorite gifts was the smoker I purchased for him! We have experimented with smoking, poultry, meat, sausages, fish, cheese, eggplant but can also include smoked eggs, other vegetables, and nuts. The smoked eggplant was SUPER good!

 Click HERE to find the Traeger smoker I love!

Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

Maria Emmerich
Servings 6



  • Thirty minutes before you smoke the salmon, soak the wood chips in water (if you are not using a Traeger Grill with pellets).
  • Pat the salmon dry and season salmon on all sides with salt.
  • To smoke the salmon: Read the manufacturer’s directions for your smoker before you begin. There are wood, electric, propane, and charcoal smokers, and each type works differently. Start the smoker and, if your smoker came with a water bowl, add water to it. When slow-cooking meat, it is essential that you have a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the smoker. When the temperature reaches 150-160°F, you can start smoking the salmon. If you use the smoker we have, it registers it for you. Click HERE to find (makes a great gift!)
  • Place the salmon on the smoker rack, not directly on the heat source. Smoke for 1 hour or until thickest part of the salmon is 150 degrees F.
  • Remove from smoker and serve. Can also be served chilled.
  • Store extras in airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Can be frozen for up to a month. To reheat, place on a rimmed baking sheet in a 350 degree F oven for 5 minutes or until heated to your liking.


“Hi Maria! Here’s my first body goal achievement photo at my goal weight. It’s hard for me to  believe that I’m here. There were days where I felt frustrated thinking that I was not getting results, yet here I am!

Slap happy and looking for excuses to get dressed up.  I lost 60# ‘s and now weight 144.#’s Before becoming keto adapted, I didn’t think I would be below 145#.  Never really considering achieving my dream weight range.

Which is to lose-12/21 more #s- to keep  my weight between 123 and 132.

The best part of all of this is how strong, and more flexible and physically fit I have become. I clearly feel better regarding brain fog, have more energy and have less depression.  I love the greater mobility, strength and balance which I haven’t seen in forty years.

Like all the testimonies I’ve read this is a major change, and so worth the challenge.

Thank you  Maria & Craig! for the knowledge, the continued support, feedback and great vibes!” Michelle

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • terri says:

    maria – have you read much about the radiation levels in the waters now b/c of the plant explosion several years ago? the media keeps it out of the news but if you carefully read the scientific literature, you will see radiation levels are out of good range. I still give fish to my family on occasion b/c I love it, especially salmon. Overall, we are eating more grass fed beef and venison and free range/omega 3 eggs. what do you think? have you kept up with the radiation level information in the ocean waters and that data?

    • cemmerich says:

      Sorry, I haven’t heard of that.

      • Sarah says:

        Re radiation levels, i would not eat anything coming out of the pacific ocean . you may find some info on David Icke website , he has a lot of very interesting subjects on gmo etc as well. Sarah Tasmania. cheers.

  • Tracy A says:

    Love the testimonials. I didn’t know that farm raised salmon had to be dyed! Yuck. In the photo, your dad looks like he could be a Vice President:)

  • Anna says:

    I remember you posting that you won’t be advertising on your webpage much since you couldn’t control what would pop up. I see that you have LC Foods Market on your site and I was wondering your take on their products…I’d love to order some things from there, but I’d like to have your take on it first.

    • cemmerich says:

      The product on the right column are ones I approve of. LC foods has some good options, but they do have a few I wouldn’t recommend. You have to watch the labels on those (watch total carbs or any grains). 🙂

  • Donna Zenner says:

    I love the photo of your dad. Lucky you that he is such a good fisherman 🙂

  • Margarita says:

    Hi, I just stumbled across this and wondering if it is okay:


    It is Sugarless Sugar by NOW Foods, I was looking for some other sweeteners to try and I can’t find any reviews or anything for it except that it is available for purchase. Thank you.

  • Margaret says:

    Love your recipes I have gotten on the net, Pinterest and from your website blog. Thanks. On low carb I have lost almost 50 lbs in a year and feel so good. Your recipes have made this journey a pleasant experience. People have congratulated me on wt loss and comment on hard work and suffering I must be experiencing. Not! Not the ketogenic paleo way! I do exercise regularly but not extremely so. This has been the easiest health journey I have been on.

  • Jo says:

    Do you have a healthified candied salmon recipe? I’m getting a smoker for my husband, and would love to make some candied salmon on it myself =)

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