- Wild Game
Salmon and Trout
Recipes for salmon, trout and char.
Smoking a lake trout (a/k/a mackinaw) is a lot like smoking a salmon, but I recently had the chance to smoke a couple fish in Manitoba, Canada with some Cree Indians and learned a lot about the process.
Little mountain trout, grilled simply and served simply. This is one of the iconic foods of the outdoors, one technique you should master if you chase these little torpedoes of quicksilver. Here’s how to grill trout without it sticking.
Think of this as a Scandinavian summertime dish: Gently poached salmon served simply, with a mixture of sour cream, horseradish and dill. Perfect with little fingerling potatoes. Simple, but seriously good.
Salmon candy is a special kind of smoked salmon that’s been cut into strips, dry cured with sugar and salt, painted with birch or maple syrup, then heavily smoked almost to the point of jerky. It’s one of the more addictive trail foods ever made by humankind.
Not everything on this site needs to be exotic. Sometimes you want a simple, easy dish you can make on a Tuesday night after work. This is one of those recipes. Salmon and avocado are naturals together, and this salsa is basically a deconstructed guacamole.
Salmon are much more than just a fish. To many Indian cultures, they are a lifegiver, a source of mystical power and force. Like most Americans, I didn’t believe such stories. But after one of the weirdest fishing trips I’ve ever been on, I’m starting to come around to the Indians’ way of thinking.
Every spring I create a dish that celebrates spring’s colors, which for me are green and gold. Here is this year’s edition, a trout dish that is as simple as it is pretty.
Trout with morels, ramps and fiddleheads is a classic combination – all are in season at the same time, and in the same place. Even in the High Sierra, we have our own rendition, with bracken fiddleheads and Sierra wild onions. I call this dish Sierra Spring.