I am on a bit of a smoking kick. Earlier this week I shared a recipe for smoked salmon nuggets. They were delicious as are these smoked fillets of trout. Since the fish was smoked as a whole fillet, it came out incredibly moist with a wonderful sweet and smokey flavour. I have been using a dry brine the last few times I have smoked fish and I am quite a bit happier with the results compared to a wet brine.
- 2 pounds of rainbow trout fillets
- 6 cups of brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
Mix the brown sugar, salt and seasonings together. Rub the dry brine all over the fish. Place the fish in a bowl making sure the fish is totally surrounded and covered in the dry brine. Place in the fridge overnight (8-12 hours).
Rinse the fish thoroughly and place in a cool dry place of 2-3 hours to allow a pellicle to form on the outside of the fish. A fan can be used to speed up the process.
Smoke for 5 hours at a gradually increasing temperature, starting at 120F and increasing it 20F every hour. Leave it at 180F for the final 2 hours of smoking. The fish needs to have a minimum internal temperature of 140F.