Traeger Grill Smoked Trout is a great recipe for cooking smoked, fresh trout! Butterflied trout are soaked in a brine before smoking, for peak flavor!
Traeger Grill Smoked Trout is a great recipe for cooking smoked, fresh trout! Butterflied trout are soaked in a brine before smoking, for peak flavor!

We sure have been having fun trying recipes on our Traeger grill! Our most recent adventure involved brining and smoking trout that we received from a very nice, generous neighbor!

I found the original recipe on the Traeger app, and thought it sounded wonderful, so off I went into the kitchen to check this recipe out! WOW! This was some good tasting smoked trout! My husband (a trout-lovin’ guy) said it was some of the best trout he has ever had!

With very minimal prep work, and a “hands off” smoking time on the grill, this recipe was also SUPER EASY! Brine the fish, then smoke it on the pellet grill. BOOM! Yummy smoked trout! Here’s how to make Traeger smoked trout:

Scroll Down For A Printable Recipe Card At The Bottom Of The Page

Prepare The BRINE Mixture

Salting meats as a way to preserve food has been around for many, many years. Throughout history voyagers, travelers or armies used to preserve their meats in salt so they could survive on long voyages or trips, even with a lack of refrigeration.

Nowadays brining is a “thing”. When you brine meats, it’s typically done using a salt, water, and seasoning combination, but using far less salt than our ancestors. Brining infuses meats with lots of flavor, and can also help tenderize the meat, in a fairly short amount of time.

To make THIS brine for Traeger smoked trout, place water, salt, brown sugar, black pepper and soy sauce in a LARGE covered container. Whisk the ingredients together until sugar has dissolved. THIS will be your brine!

Ingredients for the brine are whisked together before adding trout.

Prepare The Trout

The trout will need to be cleaned and gutted, with the head removed. Butterfly cut each trout almost all the way down to the tail, and then spread it out. You want the trout to be able to lie flat while being smoked on the grill.

NOTE: The recipe as written (in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post) is for 4 trout. Since it was only my husband and I eating, I smoked only TWO trout, but used the regular amount of brine.

Trout are cleaned, gutted, and butterflied before brining and smoking.

Place the butterflied trout into the brine, and position in the brine so that it is covered. You might find it easy to weigh the fish down with a heavy plate, to keep it under the brine. Cover the container, and then let the trout brine in the liquid for 60 minutes in the refrigerator. Turn the trout over, halfway through the brining time.

The butterflied trout are soaked in brine for one hour before smoking on the grill.

Dry The Brined Trout And Then Get Them On The Traeger

Once the fish has brined for 1 hour, remove each fish from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Get both sides as dry as possible before you put them onto the grill.

Each trout is patted dry before putting it on the grill for smoking.

Preparing Traeger Smoked Trout Is EASY!

Fill your pellet hopper with fresh pellets (we used mesquite). Start your Traeger by turning it on and waiting 4-5 minutes (with the lid open) until it is smoking, and a fire has been fully established. Turn the temperature gauge to 225°F., and let the grill preheat (with the lid closed). This might take anywhere from 10-15 minutes.

Once pre-heated, quickly brush vegetable oil over the grill grates with a pastry brush. This helps to help prevent the fish skin from sticking to the grill. Place the patted dry trout directly onto the oiled grill grate, with the skin side down. Close the lid on the grill.

Traeger grill smoked trout is cooked skin side down on the grill.

Smoke the trout for 1½ – 2 hours until the fish starts to flake and the fish turns slightly opaque in color. You don’t even need to mess with them once they are on the grill. NOTE: Cooking times can vary a bit, due to ambient temps of each smoker, and the thickness of the trout. The length of time will obviously depend on the thickness of the trout you are using. Ours were done in 1½ hours! See how beautiful they looked? Oooh…

When done, Traeger smoked trout is beginning to flake and is opaque in color.

Time To EAT Some Traeger Grill Smoked Trout!

Remove the trout from the Traeger once they are fully cooked, and transfer them to a baking sheet and bring them indoors! They smell really good about this time. De-bone each fish, and then serve this tasty Traeger grill smoked trout. You can serve this smoked fish hot or cold, however you prefer it. It has GREAT flavor!

Here is one Traeger grill smoked trout, fully cooked, and ready to de-bone and eat!

Thanks for reading. I sure do sincerely hope you enjoy this recipe for Traeger grill smoked trout. My husband is already asking for me to make it again… ha ha! Lucky for us, our sweet neighbor just gave us even MORE frozen trout this week. Yippee!

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Recipe adapted from: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/seafood/smoked-trout

Traeger Grill Smoked Trout
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Brining Time (inactive)
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 35 mins
 

Traeger Grill Smoked Trout is a great recipe for cooking smoked, fresh trout! Butterflied trout are soaked in a brine before smoking, for peak flavor!

Category: Entree-Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Traeger grill smoked trout
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 392 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 medium trout (approx. 8 ounces per fish) , cleaned and head removed
For Brine:
  • ½ gallon water
  • cup salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • ½ Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
Instructions
  1. To make brine: Place water, salt, brown sugar, black pepper and soy sauce in a LARGE covered container. Whisk ingredients together until sugar has dissolved.

Brine The Trout:
  1. Remove fish head. Clean and gut each trout. Butterfly cut each trout almost all the way to the tail, and then spread it out. Do not slice all the way through the bottom skin. You want the trout to be able to lie flat when smoking. Place the butterflied trout into the brine; make sure each fish is covered. You might need to weigh the fish down with a heavy plate, to keep them under the brine. Cover container, and let fish brine in liquid for 60 minutes in refrigerator. Once fish has brined for 1 hour, remove fish from brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Get fish as dry as possible before you put them onto the grill.

Smoking The Trout:
  1. Start Traeger by turning it on and waiting 4-5 minutes (with lid open) until it is smoking, and a fire has been established. Turn temperature gauge to 225°F., and let grill preheat (with lid closed). This might take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Once pre-heated, quickly brush vegetable oil over the grill grates with a pastry brush. This helps to help prevent the fish skin from sticking to the grill. Place trout directly onto oiled grill grate, skin side down. Close the lid. Smoke trout for 1½ - 2 hours until the fish starts to flake and turns slightly opaque in color. You don't need to mess with them once they are on the grill. Remove trout once they are fully cooked; transfer to a baking sheet. De-bone each fish, and then serve. You can serve the trout hot or cold, however you prefer it.

    NOTE: Cooking times can vary a bit, due to the ambient temps of each smoker, and thickness of the trout.

Nutrition Facts
Traeger Grill Smoked Trout
Amount Per Serving (1 trout (whole))
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 132mg44%
Sodium 3816mg166%
Potassium 847mg24%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 129IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 Comments on Traeger Grill Smoked Trout

  1. Used hot water to It’s dissolved the ingredients it was warm when I put the trout in it sure hope that doesn’t make any difference

  2. Can you bring the trout for too long? Say for instance I put it in the brine tonight and leave it till the next night to cook?

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