Healthy Recipes

Smoked ocean trout with beans, peas and mint

If you're not smoking your own fish, you're missing out.

By Emma Knowles
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking plus standing
  • Serves 6 - 8
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Home-smoked fish is a fine thing and surprisingly simple. We love it warm from the smoker, but it can be can be done a day ahead. The sweetness of the pea and bean salad offsets the smokiness of the fish beautifully.


  • 400 gm beans, trimmed (we used a mix of green and yellow beans)
  • 250 gm sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 10 zucchini flowers, trimmed, stamens removed
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) watercress sprigs
  • ½ cup mint
  • 3 cups smoking wood chips, such as apple or peach (200gm)
  • 200 gm rice (it doesn't matter what sort) (1 cup)
  • 1 side ocean trout, skin-on, pin-boned (about 1kg)
  • 1½ tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
Buttermilk dressing
  • 120 ml buttermilk
  • 60 ml olive oil (¼ cup)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ small garlic clove, very finely chopped


  • 1
    Blanch beans and sugar snap peas in boiling water until bright green and just tender (2-3 minutes). Drain, refresh in plenty of iced water, drain well and transfer to a bowl. Tear zucchini flowers into bite-sized pieces, thinly slice the stalks and add both to the beans and peas. Add watercress and mint, cover and refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    For buttermilk dressing, shake ingredients in a jar to combine, season to taste and refrigerate until required. Dressing will keep for up to 5 days; brighten it up with a little squeeze of lemon just before serving.
  • 3
    Double-line a large deep flameproof roasting pan with foil, then add wood chips, rice and orange rind and mix to combine. Place a lightly oiled wire rack in the pan, ensuring it doesn't touch the smoking mixture and place over high heat until beginning to smoke. Rub flesh of trout with brown sugar and paprika, season to taste and place trout skin-side down on wire rack. Cover tightly with foil, reduce heat to low and leave to smoke for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stand covered for 10 minutes or until just cooked through.
  • 4
    Scatter trout with bean mixture, drizzle with dressing and serve with lemon wedges.


Drink Suggestion: Rich, ripe pinot gris.
Drink suggestion by Max Allen.

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