If you’re wondering what to serve with your smoked trout, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for smoked trout.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with smoked trout are crostini, watercress salad, baked potatoes, and steamed asparagus. Other options are pea and mint soup, tagliatelle pasta with pesto, cabbage and fennel slaw, or green beans almondine. You can also stuff your smoked trout in chewy bagels.
Ready? Lets jump right in.
Great flavor pairings for smoked trout
Smoked trout has a rich, slightly salty flavor and a subtle sweetness. Its smokiness is prominent but doesn’t overpower the fish’s natural flavors.
Smoked trout pairs well with:
- Citrusy flavors – citrus fruits help balance the smoked trout’s salty, savory flavors. Lemon juice is an obvious option, but you can also incorporate grapefruit and limes into your sauces and side dishes.
- Herby flavors – fresh herbs like dill, chives, and parsley will complement the smoked trout’s hint of sweetness and add depth of flavor. Other herbs like thyme and tarragon will work too.
- Creamy, tangy flavors – ingredients like sour cream, Greek yogurt, and cream cheese bring a touch of indulgence that won’t overpower your smoked trout. They also have a natural tangy note that will mellow out the bold smokiness.
Smoked trout is a great addition to your snack repertoire. Slice it thinly and prop the slices on top of your soups or crostinis.
Or roll the trout up with cucumbers for a fresher option
You can also mix the trout in with cream cheese for a tasty spread for your crackers!
Crostinis are a great way to use up stale crusty bread!
You can make them in the oven, but I prefer grilling them because this also infuses the bread with a delectable smoky kick.
Slather cream cheese over these crostinis and top them with slices of your smoked trout for easy but elegant finger food.
Why we love this recipe: it’s versatile.
Pea mint soup
This bright green soup is the perfect starter for a summer dinner party.
It’s oh-so-light and refreshing, with a hint of sweetness in every sip.
Frozen peas work well for this recipe, but using fresh mint leaves is a must if you want that vibrant flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great make-ahead dish.
Smoked trout and deviled eggs make an excellent addition to your party spread.
Simply top the eggs with a sprinkle of flaked smoked trout to add a salty, savory twist.
Gimme Some Oven’s recipe calls for mayo to achieve the classic silky smooth filling, but I normally use Greek yogurt for more of a tang.
Why we love this recipe: it’s totally customizable.
Italian zucchini fritters
Looking for a way to sneak more veggies onto the plate? Try these zucchini fritters.
The key to perfecting these golden treats is to draw out as much water as possible from the zucchini before cooking them. This makes sure they won’t end up soggy.
These zucchini fritters are great with any dip, but I love slathering them with a healthy serving of smoked trout spread.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun and easy way to use up leftover veg.
Enjoy your smoked trout with a side of these starchy sides for a complete and nourishing meal.
You can never go wrong with a hearty rice dish, but why not go with a creamy pasta dish if you’re feeling indulgent?
Or go down the breakfast route and pair your trout with a bagel.
Kimchi fried rice
Got a bottle of kimchi sitting in the fridge?
Make kimchi fried rice! Stir-frying the kimchi brings out its robust flavor, making each bite tastier.
Some recipes call for additions like bacon, Spam, or tuna to beef this up, but I like going with flaked smoked trout for a fusion meal.
Pro-tip: add gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) for more heat.
Why we love this recipe: it’s budget-friendly.
Making baked potatoes is straightforward, but Gimme Some Oven’s method is a game-changer!
The key is to bake the spuds in two rounds – it’s a simple switch-up that’ll yield you extra fluffy potatoes with deliciously crisp skins.
Top these baked potatoes with sour cream and flaked smoked trout for an elegant twist on the typical loaded spuds.
Why we love this recipe: it’s foolproof.
This pasta dish’s pea pesto may not be traditional, but it still packs a bright, zesty flavor that’ll have you coming back for more.
And the cherry on top is a dollop of creme fraiche for an indulgent but light twist.
Pssst… you can also use ricotta or burrata cheese.
(can you tell I like peas?!)
Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for busy weeknights.
These homemade bagels are the perfect vessel for your smoked trout.
They’re soft and chewy, with a gorgeous golden crust that will have your guests thinking they came from a bakery.
And the best part? You only need two hours to make a batch of eight.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for beginners.
Salads are the way to go if you want to keep your smoked trout lean and healthy.
I love pairing it with peppery greens tossed in vinaigrette, but you can also go with a starch-based salad like quinoa for a more satisfying meal.
Cabbage and fennel slaw
Combining these two veggies brings a refreshing crunch to contrast your flaky smoked fish.
The fennel’s sweet, aniseed-like flavor helps balance the intense savory flavors of your smoked trout.
But what seals the deal for this slaw is the mustard avocado dressing that adds creamy, zesty goodness to every bite.
Why we love this recipe: it tastes even better the next day.
Love leafy green salads? Skip the lettuce and pair your smoked trout with this vibrant watercress salad instead.
The watercress’ naturally peppery flavor, combined with the fresh orange slices and tangy dressing helps balance out the smoky goodness of your smoked trout.
Pro-tip: only toss the salad when you’re ready to serve to keep the produce fresh.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super healthy.
Watercress salad with orange, avocado, and red onion
Skip the fruits
Watercress salad with mustard vinaigrette
Ditch the watercress
Rocket and pear salad
I was never the biggest fan of radicchio, but this recipe changed my mind.
The champagne vinaigrette, pears, and pomegranate bring a fresh, tangy kick that helps offset radicchio’s signature spicy bitterness.
Enjoy this colorful salad with smoked trout for a light but satisfying lunch.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a treat for the eyes and taste buds.
Spring quinoa salad
This quinoa salad is a mainstay in my weekly meal rotation, especially during the spring.
The peas and asparagus offer a crisp-tender bite to contrast the fluffy quinoa, while the dill and parsley add a fresh vibe.
This quinoa salad is great on its own, but I love adding protein like flaked smoked trout to make it even more satisfying.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for meal preps.
Smoked trout covers your protein needs, but you still need a veggie side for much-needed vitamins and nutrients!
I love roasted veggies because they’re an effortless option, but you can also go with steamed veggies if you want something quick and healthier.
Roasted brussels sprouts
Roasting is my go-to method for cooking brussels sprouts.
Under high heat, these mini cabbage look-alikes develop crispy exteriors and perfectly tender (not mushy) interiors.
They’re great with just a dash of salt and pepper, but honey and balsamic vinegar add a sweet zing that makes these sprouts tastier.
Why we love this recipe: a serving only has 116 calories.
Steamed asparagus and hollandaise
Steamed asparagus with a drizzle of buttery, tangy hollandaise is a classic brunch dish.
You can buy a ready-to-use mix to make hollandaise, but I prefer making it from scratch in my trusty blender.
Serve some smoked trout on the side and you have an elegant, but easy meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s restaurant-quality.
Green beans almondine
This French dish is my favorite green bean dish (yes, I even like it better than green bean casserole).
The simple browned butter sauce infuses the green beans with a delicious nutty flavor.
And the whole dish comes together in minutes, so you don’t need to have planned anything in advance.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for regular and holiday dinners.
The best side dishes for smoked trout
- Pea mint soup
- Deviled eggs
- Italian zucchini fritters
- Kimchi fried rice
- Baked potatoes
- Tagliatelle pasta
- Cabbage and fennel slaw
- Watercress salad
- Radicchio salad
- Spring quinoa salad
- Roasted brussels sprouts
- Steamed asparagus and hollandaise
- Green beans almondine
What To Serve With Smoked Trout – Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 1 ½ lbs brussels sprouts, halved and outer leaves removed
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and place the oven rack in the middle position. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the brussels sprouts on the prepared baking sheet and toss with the 2 tablespoons of oil, salt, and pepper.
- Roast the brussels sprouts. At the 10-minute mark, stir the brussels sprouts and continue roasting for another 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown.
- Toss the roasted brussels sprouts with the remaining oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!