In the Wild with Greg Wagner

TANTALIZING TROUT by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
October 15, 2009, 10:51 am
Filed under: Recipes, Trout | Tags: ,

Close to 69,000, 9-10 inch rainbow trout will be stocked in 42 water bodies around Nebraska this October for fall fishing action. If you are looking for a remarkably good way, an easy way to prepare these pan-sized beauties for the dinner table, Jo Momsen of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha Office shares her famous Tantalizing Trout recipe with you. Now, what time will dinner be at your house? 

 Tantalizing Trout

 3 or more whole trout

1 cup Morton’s Tender Quick

8 tsp. Liquid Smoke

½ cup ice cream salt

1 gallon water

 Mix above ingredients. Soak and refrigerate fish 24 hours. Drain fish and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 4 hours at 200ºF. Turn once after 2 hours. Serve as a meal or as an appetizer with unsalted crackers. To keep: wrap tightly in freezer paper and freeze.

Be sure to thoroughly clean and rinse your trout before preparing this recipe.

Be sure to thoroughly clean and rinse your trout before preparing this recipe.



Soaking the trout.

Soaking the trout.

A delicious dish of fish!

A delicious dish of fish!


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Smoking is by far my favorite way to prepare any trout. My recipe is very similar to Jo’s except I add some brown sugar, garlic and lemon juice to my brine. Do not ask me the measurements, because I do not know; I just throw stuff in until it tastes right. I usually fire up the smoker to do mine, so I omit the liquid smoke, but I love the convenience of Jo’s recipe.

Put some of that smoked trout on some crackers and chow down! Set out a platter of that the next time you entertain guests and I guarantee it will be gone in no time. You can stand around and regale your guest with fish stories as they enjoy the trout!

I am going to have to make it over to the Omaha office more often–it sounds like you guys have lots of good treats over there (and Greg has the figure to prove it, Ha!).

Daryl B.

Comment by Daryl Bauer


Your additions to Jo’s recipe sound very good as well! And yes, you’ll have to make it over to the “Big O” office where productivity suffers if we don’t get the proper nourishment at lunchtime. That’s particularly true with me, ha!

Thanks for all the great things you guys and gals do in the fisheries division! Alright, stop bloggin’ and go fish!

“Wags” — Greg Wagner

Comment by Daryl Bauer

What a good recipe. People love GOOD recipes when they catch Fish and are proud of it. Keep
the recipes coming!!
By the way, my favorite fish to catch happens
to be TROUT. Fishing for Trout is relaxing,challenging, usually in clean water and
very good to eat. By the way if you are wondering how I learned know how to catch Trout, Are you? I want you to know I had the BEST teacher. (MY SON)
Thanks Greg

Comment by Mother

For those wondering, my Mother learned to trout fish in the clear, cool waters of the East Branch of the Verdigre Creek in northeastern Nebraska. Needless to say, she’s “hooked” on Nebraska trout fishing!

“Wags” — Greg Wagner

Comment by Daryl Bauer

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