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Whole fillets of smoked trout on a wooden board surrounded by sliced baguettes, lemon slices, and chopped onions.
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Smoked Trout

This Smoked Trout is a delicious way to cook fresh trout. The trout takes on an amazing amount of smoke flavor, and you can enjoy the trout in a variety of ways. So whether you're a fishing enthusiast looking to cook your fresh catch, or you prefer buying your fish at the store, this recipe will help you smoke it to perfection!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Brining Time15 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Trout
Servings: 6
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 6 rainbow trout fillets
  • accouterments (I like to eat smoked trout with red onions, capers, cream cheese, and crusty bread)


  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 cups cool water


  • Make the brine for the trout by dissolving kosher salt and brown sugar in water.
  • Place the trout fillets skin side up in the brine and brine the fillets for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your smoker to 180 degrees F.
  • Remove the trout from the brine and place the fillets directly on the grates of your smoker.
  • Close the lid and smoke the trout for 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the thickness of your fillets. Smoke until the trout reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. You want to smoke the trout fillets until the trout flakes easily.
  • Remove the trout from the smoker and serve warm, or cool completely and serve chilled with your favorite accouterments.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 8mg