Superior Lake Trout is a great--local, wild, & year-round--catch

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Glaze a Lake Trout fillet with honey/mustard, broil, and serve with salad.
Does your stomach love Alaskan king salmon more than your pocketbook? Try a Lake Superior substitute. Our local Lake Trout is a member of the char family (think Arctic Char) that has a milder flavor than salmon, but a similarly luscious, fatty texture and costs roughly half as much at about $10 a pound. Lake Trout can be cooked in a similar manner as salmon and used in the same sorts of recipes--during hot weather, a broiled fillet makes a great salad protein.

This past May, the Wedge co-op started selling Lake Trout supplied by Lou's Fish House in Two Harbors, which processes fish caught by Lake Superior boats and drives the product straight to the cities. Not only is the catch local and wild, but it's very fresh. Plus, while the wild salmon season can be fleeting, Lake Trout are available year round.

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pinecone
pinecone

Great tip! Lake Trout is yummy.

Rachel Hutton
Rachel Hutton

If you have favorite ways to eat Lake Trout, please share!

pinecone
pinecone

You can do just about anything with it (although I'd avoid deep-frying). I like to grill or bake it whole. Stuff some lemon/garlic/shallots/herbs/whatever inside the cavity if you like. (Might want to wrap it with twine for the grill to keep the stuff inside). To serve, pull back the skin, lift the meat off the bones and top with a well-seasoned mushroom saute, a squeeze of lemon and some fresh herbs. Or substitute a fresh fruit salsa. Berries are also yummy with lake trout or any salmonid.

If you don't have a smoker but like that flavor, toss a couple dried corn cobs on top of your hot coals, put a lake trout fillet flesh-side down on the grill and keep the lid tightly closed for ~3-5 minutes before flipping the fish over.

patrickash
patrickash

I did a fillet a couple weeks ago in a hot smoker (around 220 degrees) for 35-45 minutes or so, it is fatty enough to take it and comes out great.

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