This smoked trout dip is brought to you by cooked trout and liquid smoke, perfect for when you don't have a smoker and want something quick and easy.
With my husband fishing more and more this summer rainbow trout seems to be on the menu a lot lately.
I sought out dip ideas after he came to me with the initial idea but unfortunately, every trout dip or rainbow trout dip recipe we found needed the meat to be presmoked or included several hours of instructions on smoking it in a grill or smoker at home. I'm impatient (and we don't own a smoker).
Thankfully I remembered we had a bottle of liquid smoke we hardly ever touch taking up space in the cabinet. And from that, this recipe was formed.
It took a little tweaking but it's pretty great. Nice and subtle with a smokey kick at the end. This dish is a true crowd-pleaser, offering a unique twist on traditional seafood dips. It balances smokiness, creaminess, and zesty accents making it a go-to appetizer for anyone who appreciates a satisfying, flavorful dip.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- This recipe is so simple and fast to pull together. I like to use uneaten leftover rainbow trout from dinner so I get as much use out of the fish as possible. (This is great for reusing leftovers).
- Simple ingredients. We don't need much to make a flavorful dip, and the ingredients that we do need are pretty frugal and easy to find.
- You can use different fish! I have tried this recipe with salmon, cod, tilapia, and trout. The results are a little different every time, but they're always delicious!
Cooked trout- You won't need too much fish to make this recipe. I like to use leftovers or whatever I can get from the smaller fish that the boys catch. Alternatively, this recipe tastes great with cod and salmon.
Liquid smoke- Adding in a wonderful flavor and aroma is some liquid smoke.
Sour cream- To give us a creamy dip that we can slide our crackers through, use some sour cream.
Worcestershire sauce- For a wonderful depth of flavor, You will want to add in some Worcestershire sauce.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Cream the cream cheese and sour cream together in a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add in the other ingredients, except for the green onions and mix to combine.
Step 3: Fold in the green onions, reserving some for the garnish if desired.
Step 4: Garnish with sprinkled paprika and green onion slices.
Step 5: Serve with crackers and enjoy.
🍴 Recipe Tips
This easy rainbow trout recipe doesn't need very many tips because it's so simple to make but I will tell you that cooked trout shreds beautifully with an electric mixer. Similar to shredding cooked chicken breasts only MUCH faster and easier since it naturally flakes apart.
Normally yes, smoked trout dips are made using actual smoked fish, but not in this recipe! This one lets you use the baked or pan fried trout you may have in the fridge leftover from dinner or that 1 fish you caught but can't make a full meal out of.
This dip lasts about 5 days in the fridge if you keep it well covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.
Yes, surprise, you can! This trout dip is freezable for up to 3 months if stored in an airtight container. Just thaw overnight in the fridge and stir well before serving and eating.
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Not So Smoked Trout Dip
- 1 cup Cooked trout, shredded and deboned ($3.93)
- ½ teaspoon Minced garlic ($0.02)
- ½ teaspoon Liquid smoke ($0.10)
- ⅓ cup Sour cream ($0.27)
- 8 ounces Cream cheese, softened ($1.98)
- 1 whole Green onion, sliced thinly ($0.03)
- 1 teaspoon Paprika ($0.10)
- ½ teaspoon Lemon juice ($0.04)
- ½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ($0.20)
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sour cream.
- Add in the fish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, liquid smoke, and minced garlic. Mix until combined.
- Fold in the green onions, reserving a few for garnish, if desired.
- Top with sprinkled paprika and reserved green onion. Serve with crackers and enjoy.