Smoked Trout

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Smoked trout is easy to prepare at home: Simply soak in brine overnight and smoke over indirect heat for 15 minutes. It's delicious in salads, on crackers with cream cheese as an hors d'oeuvre, or on bagels for brunch.

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3 cups flaked trout meat (serving size: 1/2 cup)


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3 cups boiling water
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 (4-inch) orange rind strips
Remaining ingredients:
2 (10-ounce) dressed whole rainbow trout
2 cups wood chips
Cooking spray


1. To prepare brine, combine 3 cups water, sugar, salt, pepper, thyme, and rind in a large bowl; stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Combine water mixture and fish in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Soak wood chips in water 1 hour. Drain well.

3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium-high and leaving one side with no heat. Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan on heated side of grill; add wood chips to pan.

4. Remove fish from brine; discard brine. Rinse fish with cold water; pat dry with paper towels.

5. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place on grill. Place fish, skin side down, on unheated side; cover and grill 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Flake fish with fork. Discard skin.

Created date

June 2009

Nutritional Information

Calories 113
Fat 2.9 g
Satfat 1.4 g
Monofat 0.8 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 18.2 g
Carbohydrate 3.6 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 41 mg
Iron 1.5 mg
Sodium 431 mg
Calcium 12 mg