Tea Smoked Trout



Oh! My! God!

A little bit on how we got here. We love cooking shows. If you have been reading this blog, you’ll know Saturday mornings are reserved for Saturday Kitchen. But tea smoking goes back further. It seems this new (old?) technique has suddenly become very popular. Cooking with a twist: take a simple dish, bring in the tea smoking trick, you have an amazing, wowing dish. Somewhere in the background, my inner chef kept hearing references to tea smoking. Trout, duck, steak? All tea smoked. Chefs were on to something.

The first time I actually paid attention to this new cooking trend was on the Great British Menu. Marcus Wareing cooked tea smoked mackerel tarts and I was simply blown away. Never would I have thought we’d attempt to tea smoke anything, let alone food!

Then, on a more down to earth level (our level), James Martin recently cooked tea smoked trout on Saturday Kitchen. It looked complicated but achievable. Somehow closer to a non-chef level. We told ourselves even if we ruin the trout at least we will not live with regrets. And we tea smoked the trout!

Tea smoked trout (serves 2)
100g/4oz Thai jasmine rice
4 tbsp jasmine tea
6 tbsp demerara sugar
2 whole trout, filleted
oil, for greasing

For the tea-smoked trout, place a piece of foil in the bottom of a wok. Place the rice, tea and sugar onto the foil and cover with a lid. Place over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the tea starts to smoke.
Place the trout fillets onto an oiled piece of foil in a steamer and set in the wok. Place a lid on the steamer and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the trout is just cooked through and smoked.

Oh! My! God!

Granted the house smells like smoke and tea, tea and smoke (keep every door, window, ventilation you have open and running!) but we tea smoked the trout and it was simply delicious. A very unusual taste, but such a great discovery.

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  • Interesting! Tea is a great ally and can be used in so many ways while cooking/baking…

  • Really interestin! Jamine, smoked fish….I love it!

  • This looks incredible. Going to give it a go.

    Tea is one of my favourite things and I’m very excited about have some fun with it.

  • Okokokokok I want…no…I NEED to make this.

    did you house smell like trout? cuz my husband would KILL me if my house smelled like trout for a week.

  • Jaden, let me know! it’s delicious.
    the house did not smell like trout, but it did smell like smoke. ok, ok, ok – we did not exactly air the kitchen properly while cooking (not very clever that! mostly when you smoke fish)

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  • Michael gattis

    Do you layer the rice, tea ,and sugar, or is it all mixed together?