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Super Lemony Smoked Trout Spread

Smoked trout spread on crackers on a cutting board

Have you noticed, attentive readers, how much I love smoked fish? (Permit me to introduce into evidence Exhibit A and Exhibit B.) This is because smoked fish has a very delicious flavor! For lack of a more articulate explanation!

A few weeks ago, a multi-block power failure compromised the menu of the blowout cocktail party my mother was about to start cooking for.

Mom’s next-door neighbor, Marsha, came to the rescue by contributing this delicacy, which requires no electricity to prepare.

I am in no way using hyperbole when I say that I could eat this smoked trout spread every minute of every day forever.

It makes me wish I were a circus seal in training at a really nice circus where they reward obedient seals with this spread, on baguette slices, with a glass of wine.

And a crisp green salad. And the seals live in luxury hotel rooms with an ocean view, spotless bathrooms, and cable TV. That would be cool.

Yield: Serves 4

Super Lemony Smoked Trout Spread

smoked trout spread with lemon

This lemony smoked trout spread is incredibly easy to make. It's perfect as an appetizer, brunch or lunch item, small dinner plate, or just a snack.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces smoked trout*, skin and any bones removed
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 - 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. In a small serving bowl, mash trout well. Add lemon juice and white pepper.
  2. If you're using canned trout, stir in about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise; if using vacuum-packed trout, use about 5 tablespoons. (Give or take, depending on how moist you want the spread to be.)
  3. Sprinkle chives on top of spread.
  4. Serve with crackers or sliced bread.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 219Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 53mgSodium 532mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 18g


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By on July 31st, 2012

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3 thoughts on “Super Lemony Smoked Trout Spread”

  1. I bet lots of seals would like a glass of wine with their lemony smoked trout on a baguette slice. In a beautiful hotel room while watching ME tv on cable. I know I would. And, I am so glad you are sharing Marsha’s recipe. It is absolutely yummy.


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