Smoked Trout Recipe (Steelhead)

It is easy to find a smoked trout recipe on the web today. Most call for larger trout or steelhead. You certainly don't need to pay extra for smoked fish at the store, you can easily smoke your own at home.

We will offer one recipe here and then give you some links to other sites.

I would like to thank Ken Evoy and the staff at SBI for giving me the tools to build this site. 

First let's look at some of the things you will need. 

  • You need a smoker. This can be a propane smoker, or an electric smoker like a Smokey Joe. You can also use a charcoal grill that is designed for smoking.
  • Hardwood chips from alder, apple, oak, hickory or cherry. All can be purchased at most hardware stores. You won't need very much.

Smoked Trout Recipe for Steelhead 

Preparation: 10 minutes 

Cooking time: 5 hours

Total time: 13 hours and 40 minutes

Serves 6 with two pounds of steelhead


  • Two pounds of steelhead fillets
  • Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Chopped garlic (4 cloves)
  • Crushed and dried rosemary (1-1/2 tablespoons)
  • A sugar-based curing mixture like Morton's Tender Quick
  • Water (one quart)
  • One pound of alder wood chips, soaked in water or wine


  • Rinse off the fillets inside and out.
  • Place in a shallow baking dish.
  • Sprinkle olive oil over the steelhead and season with rosemary and garlic.
  • Rub the seasoning into the steelhead.
  • Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Dissolve the curing salt in the water and pour in the dish with the steelhead.
  • Marinate at least 15 minutes for each half inch of thickness.
  • While the steelhead is marinating prepare the smoker for a 4-hour burn using charcoal. The smoker should reach 150 degrees before you start.
  • Place each piece of steelhead on a small piece of foil and discard the leftover brine.
  • Season with pepper as needed.
  • Place on the rack in the smoker and add a small handful of wood chips on the coals or in the heat box.
  • Cover the steelhead and smoke for two hours. Add wood chips when needed.
  • Increase the temperature of the smoker (by adding more charcoal) to about 200 degrees, letting the fish smoke till the inside temperature of the fillets reaches about 165 degrees.
  • Remove the steelhead from the smoker and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!    

 Want more? Look here to find a good smoked trout recipe.

  • The following recipe goes into detail about preparing the grill, something very helpful if you are new to smoking fish. Smoked Trout Recipe From CHOW 

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