Tea Smoked Trout

 
 

Smoke a trout with loose Green Tea!

Ingredients:  

3 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp honey
2 cups cold water
About 1 & 1/2 pounds of boneless trout fillets (with skin)
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of green tea leaves
 
To brine and smoke the trout: Combine the kosher salt, honey and water in a non-reactive loaf pan.

Submerge the trout fillets  in the brine and soak for one hour . Remove and  pat dry with paper towels and coat the fish with olive oil. Discard the brine.
 
Coat a vegetable steamer basket or wire rack with oil and place the fillets on it skin side down. Prepare a simple stove top smoker by placing a round metal cake pan inside a large Dutch oven or covered wok.

Heat for a couple of minutes, then sprinkle the loose green tea leaves in the bottom of the cake pan. Do not stand directly above the pan, as it will start to smoke right away.

Place the trout-filled steamer basket or wire rack over the cake pan and cover tightly. Let it smoke for about 10 minutes or just until the top of the fish turns opaque.

Remove the basket from the Dutch oven and let the fillets cool.*

Now you have uniquely tea-flavored smoked trout that can be simply flaked over a spinach salad drizzled with a (fig) vinaigrette and sprinkled with lightly toasted sliced almonds. 

* You may want to take the Dutch oven or wok outside until the smoke subsides.