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.
Salmon and Trout
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.
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.
Live long enough and you will start forgetting about all those fish you’ve caught over the years. It takes a rare combination of time, place and fish to vault one from that nameless school and into your memory. It all came together recently for me in Nevada with a monster trout.
Behold, one of the most vividly beautiful recipes I’ve made in a long time. Salmon Swedish style, with vattlingon. It screams Christmas, right? Wrong. This dish can only be made in springtime. Read more to find out why…