Smoked Trout

5 hrs 20 mins - Prep 4 hrs 20 mins / Cook 1 hr

This simple Smoked Trout recipe calls for curing the freshwater fish first to enhance its natural flavor. Then you’ll smoke it with no additional seasonings that could overpower the mild fish. Serve it on grilled bread with sour cream, fresh dill, capers and minced onions.

Closely related to salmon, trout has a delicate nutty flavor and can be white, pink or orange. Look for fish with moist flesh, a fresh, mild aroma, shiny skin and clear eyes.

4 Servings


  • 2 trout fillets, 1 1/2 pounds each
  • grilled bread
  • handful apple, cherry and/or alder wood chunks
Cure Mixture
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • sour cream
  • fresh dill
  • pickled capers
  • minced onions
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