smoked fish recipes

12 Exciting Smoked Fish Recipes to Make This Month

Smoked fish is a wonderful ingredient to have on hand. A small amount adds an incredible depth of flavor, and the saltiness compliments so many dishes. From Smoked trout cakes to a smoked mackerel carbonara and a breakfast frittata, if you have some smoked fish, you’re sure to find something here to add to your meal plan.

When you think of smoked fish recipes, smoked fish pie might be what comes to mind. So while there is a smoked fish pie on this list, there are also so many other options! Adding it to carbonara, risotto, jacket potatoes and more, these recipes will allow you to branch out and use smoked fish in a brand new way!

1. Carbonara of Smoked Mackerel

Trust me when I say this might well replace your regular carbonara recipe! Swapping the bacon in carbonara with smoked mackerel gives this macaroni cheese a beautiful flavor that’s a little different than usual. You still get all the smoky, creamy, cheesy goodness but the mackerel makes this dish a little more sophisticated.

2. Smoked Trout Cakes

Fish cakes are always a winner in our house, they are super tasty and crispy on the outside and filled with a hot, delicious filling. By using smoked trout, this version really ups the game! They taste so rich and creamy and because they are ‘breaded’ in potato flakes, they are naturally gluten-free!

3. Smoked Mackerel Risotto with Peas and Chilli

Sweet fresh garden peas and the spice of chili flakes take this smoked mackerel risotto to another level. Tasty, filling and super nutritious, don’t let the name fool you – it’s surprisingly simple to make! It takes patience and a lot of stirring but I promise this one is worth it. Smoked mackerel is a European delicacy, and it is mixed through right at the end to prevent the delicious chunks from falling apart.

4. Smoked Fish Pie

My family loves fish pie! Like, have-it-every-single-friday-night loves it. But it’s taken me a while to find a recipe I like and this smoked fish pie is it. Because it is made with fresh fish instead of tinned, this smoked fish pie tastes 100 times better than the recipes that use tinned fish. It also freezes well, so we often make this recipe in smaller tin foil dishes to have single-serve fish pies to keep in the freezer for lunches.

5. Smoked Haddock and Cheddar Jackets

Make jacket potatoes even better by stuffing them with smoked haddock and cheese! The potatoes are partially cooked in the microwave which makes them less time-consuming than a traditional baked potato. You still get all the gooey, cheesy goodness but you don’t have to sit drooling in front of a hot oven for an hour. Plenty of herbs, a drizzle of olive oil and some mature cheese make these an absolute stunner of a supper.

6. Smoked Trout Chowder

Smoked fish is a flavorful addition to this soup and since it’s precooked you can have dinner on the table in less time. This soup also incorporates potato and scallions for an amazing, thick and creamy chowder, which makes it perfect for a winter lunch or dinner.

7. Creamy Pasta al Limone with Smoked Fish

This recipe takes a traditional al Limone pasta and balances the creamy pasta with the saltiness and intense flavor of smoked barramundi. You can swap out the fish for another type but the barramundi makes the whole thing a bit special if you can get it.

8. Smoked Sardine Toast with Lemon Mayo and Fennel Salad

An upgrade on the traditional tuna sandwich, this smoked sardine toast has a lemony garlic mayo topped with smoked fish and a radish and fennel salad. A great lunch option for hot summer days, the smokiness of the fish perfectly compliments the lemon and fennel.

9. Trout Croquettes with Herby Dipping Sauce

Like a fish cake but better. These delightful little croquettes are made with hot smoked trout, but you could swap them out for smoked mackerel or tuna. It’s served with a super addictive sauce made with dill, parsley and chives, and if you’re anything like me, you should make a double batch of the dipping sauce!

10. Smoked Trout Dip with Creme Fraiche

Perfect for parties or afternoon tea, this smoked trout dip is super creamy and full of bold flavors. Straining the yogurt removes some moisture and everything stays creamy and delicious. Then just add everything else and mix it up. It can be served hot or cold with toast, crackers, or in a sandwich.

11. Smoked Salmon Frittata with Zucchini, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese

Frittata is a wonderful breakfast or brunch option, and this recipe uses smoked salmon, vegetables and soft goat’s cheese for a wonderful dish full of flavor. It’s also a super easy dish, just give the vegetables a quick cook in the pan then pour over the other ingredients and bake. You could serve it with a side salad for the whole family to enjoy.

12. Super Easy Kedgeree

Smoked fish kedgeree is a rice dish that originated in India, and has now become popular around the world. Traditionally eaten for breakfast, it’s just as good for lunch or dinner. The smoked fish combined with the curry makes the dish super flavorsome and aromatic. Given it takes less than an hour to make, this one should definitely be on your to-make list!

AboutAshleigh Crump

Ashleigh Crump is an author, food writer and all-round lover of everything sweet! She has published a cookbook and loves to use classic and unique flavor combinations. When not cooking, she's usually reading.