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How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

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Learn how to make smoked trout in your oven by starting with an easy brine that will keep your fish flavorful. 

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

For as long as I have known my husband, he has been an avid outdoorsman. For years, it was me who would sit out on the piers with him as he fished for the next big one. When our children came along, it was only a matter of time before they took my place.

I absolutely love to see the pride on my husband’s face when my kids catch a fish. I know they are learning from the best fisherman there is!

My kids have been fishing with their dad since they were babies:

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

They’re such good sports, even fishing with him in the cold and ice:

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

And most recently enjoying some quality time together fishing for trout:

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

Have you ever had fresh fish? It is absolutely delicious. We only keep the amount of fish we can eat. One of our favorite ways to enjoy trout is to smoke it. We don’t have a smoker, so we do it right in our oven.

How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

 How to Make Smoked Trout in Your Oven

What you need to make the brine for your trout:

  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  1. This recipe is for 5-7lbs of fresh Trout. 

  2. In a large baking dish, pour in brine, place fish into brine. 

  3. Brine the fish for about 8 hours in the refrigerator. 

  4. Remove from brine, rinse off fish in cold water. Pat dry. 

  5. Lay fish onto the racks of your oven. 

  6. Preheat oven to 180-200 degrees. Smoke fish until done, about an hour and half to 2 hours.

  7. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.  

smoked trout

How to Smoke Trout in the Oven

Yield: 5-7 trout
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 10 hours
Learn how to make smoked trout in your oven by starting with an easy brine that will keep your fish flavorful. 

Ingredients

  • * 1/2 gallon water
  • * 1/2 cup sugar
  • * 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • * 1/2 cup salt
  • * 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • * 3 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

    1. In a large baking dish, pour in brine, place fish into brine. 
    2. Brine the fish for about 8 hours in the refrigerator. 
    3. Remove from brine, rinse off fish in cold water. Pat dry. 
    4. Lay fish onto the racks of your oven. 
    5. Preheat oven to 180-200 degrees. Smoke fish until done, about an hour and half to 2 hours.
    6. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.  

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Timothy Bullette

Friday 19th of February 2021

This recipe should be called baked trout, since there is no actual smoking involved

Art Hanson

Sunday 7th of March 2021

@momma lew, have you tried adding liquid smoke to the brine?

momma lew

Friday 19th of February 2021

While technically you are right, this recipe does taste and looks just like smoked trout and is perfect for people (like my family) who do not have a smoker.

ellen beck

Saturday 16th of June 2018

I love fresh fish. Trout is probably one of my favorite game fish so good! This was an interesting post as I have never 'smoked' one. I steam mine or fry it. I like the idea of the game saver bags, those would come in handy if you had t catch several to make a meal up.

georgia boanoro

Monday 11th of June 2018

I absolutely love smoked fish and I'll definitely try your smoking method because it looks super easy!

What Corinne Did

Saturday 2nd of June 2018

i have never been fishing and would never know how to prepare a fish. SMoke trout sounds amazing

Erin S

Saturday 2nd of June 2018

This is a great summer recipe. Sounds easy and delicious