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Smoking Up the Texas Coast: A Delicious Recipe for Smoked Speckled Trout

Speckled trout, also known as spotted sea trout, are a popular game fish found along the Texas coast, including in Corpus Christi. Known for their delicate flavor and flaky texture, speckled trout are a favorite among anglers and seafood enthusiasts alike. One delicious way to prepare these fish is by smoking them, which adds a rich, smoky flavor and a crispy crust. In this recipe, we will show you how to smoke speckled trout to perfection.


  • 4 fresh speckled trout, cleaned and scaled
  • 2 cups of wood chips (hickory or mesquite)
  • 1/4 cup of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil


  1. Begin by mixing together the sea salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, thyme, and black pepper in a small bowl.

  2. Rub the mixture all over the trout, making sure to cover the fish completely.

  3. Allow the trout to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to penetrate the fish.

  4. Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.

  5. While the wood chips are soaking, set up your smoker or grill for indirect heat. If using a grill, place a foil pan filled with water under the grates to catch the drippings and create a humid environment.

  6. Drain the wood chips and add them to the smoker or grill.

  7. Place the trout on the smoker or grill, and smoke for about 2-3 hours, or until the fish is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 145°F.

  8. While the fish is smoking, brush the fish with olive oil every 30 minutes to keep it moist and to create a nice crust.

  9. Once the fish is cooked, remove it from the smoker or grill and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

  10. Serve the smoked speckled trout with your favorite dipping sauce, such as tartar sauce or aioli, and enjoy!

Smoking fish is a great way to add depth and complexity to the delicate flavor of speckled trout. This recipe is a perfect way to take advantage of the delicious fish that the Texas coast has to offer. The combination of spices, wood smoke and the olive oil glaze make this a perfect dish for any seafood lover. Whether you're an experienced smoker or a beginner, this recipe is easy to follow and produces delicious results. You can also try this recipe with other types of fish or seafood such as salmon, shrimp or scallops.