Smoked Trout And Zucchini Fritters Recipe

Smoked trout is an often overlooked ingredient in the culinary world, especially in comparison to its much-loved cousin, smoked salmon — and we think it's time to change things up. Absolutely delicious and full of nutrients, if you're looking to include more fish in your diet (and a number of scientific bodies recommend that you do), there are many ways to incorporate this often under-utilized protein into different meals. Smoked trout makes a wonderful pairing with a variety of ingredients and adds a great depth of flavor to soups and fish stews.

In this delicious smoked trout and zucchini fritter dish, recipe developer Jennine Rye celebrates the salty, smoky-rich taste of smoked trout and pairs it with grated zucchini and fresh herbs in a light fritter, topped with a zingy lemon and dill yogurt. This is a flavorful, nourishing, and surprisingly filling dish that can be served any time of day.  It's easy to make and delightful to eat, so why not add this top-tier recipe to your repertoire? 

Gather the ingredients for smoked trout and zucchini fritters

To make this recipe for smoked trout and zucchini fritters, first you will need to gather the ingredients. Definitely get your hands on some smoked trout; for this recipe, it might be worth the trip to a fishmonger to find some good-quality, responsibly sourced trout. You will also need zucchini, eggs, chives and dill, some yogurt (a dairy-free alternative will be fine too), lemon, flour, baking powder, and sumac, as well as kitchen cupboard staples including cooking oil, salt, and pepper. 

Grate the zucchini

Since zucchini contains a lot of water, you'll want to start out with what seems like way too much of the veggie for 2 people. To avoid soggy cooked zucchini, you'll want to remove some of the liquid from this versatile veggie before mixing your batter. To do this, grate the zucchini with a cheese grater, and then leave it in a colander mixed with a little salt, which will help draw out the moisture. After 30 minutes to an hour, gently squeeze the grated zucchini with your hands to remove as much water as possible. This is the most time-consuming element of the recipe, but it is more than worth it for the crispy results.

Make the lemon dill yogurt

With the zucchini grated and drained, it's time to mix up the lemon dill yogurt. Chop up 1 tablespoon of fresh dill and add it to your plain yogurt. Then, squeeze the juice from ½ a lemon into the mix, being careful to pick out any seeds that may have fallen in. Add a generous sprinkling of sumac, and then give it all a good mix. The lemon dill yoghurt is ready and can be covered and stored in the fridge until ready for use. 

Mix the trout and zucchini fritter batter

Now it's time to whip up the fritter batter. Add your flour (a gluten-free flour alternative will work just as well if needed) to a large bowl and mix in the baking powder with a balloon whisk. Then add in the grated and drained zucchini and mix it all together so the zucchini is well coated in the flour mixture. Add to this the whisked eggs, fresh chives and remaining dill, and about ¾ of the smoked trout, reserving the remainder of the fish for serving on top of the fritters. Finally, season the mixture well with salt and pepper to taste, and then use a fork or a spoon to thoroughly mix the batter. 

Fry the fritters in batches

When you are ready to fry the fritters, heat up a large, heavy-based pan over medium heat. Add a generous splash of your chosen cooking oil to the skillet, followed by heaped tablespoons of the zucchini batter to create individual fritters. Fry them for a few minutes on each side until they are beautifully crisp and golden. It's best to cook the fritters in a few batches; you don't want to overcrowd the frying pan, or they won't get nice and golden. 

Serve the fritters hot

If you need to store your cooked fritters for more than a few minutes, put them in a baking dish in a not-too-hot oven while you finish cooking the rest. This will ensure they are nice and warm when served up. 

When all are fritters are done, plate them up and drizzle with the lemon dill yogurt, then finish them off with a little extra smoked trout and serve straight away. Because of its lightness, this recipe goes very nicely with a simple salad. Any leftover fritters can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Smoked Trout And Zucchini Fritters Recipe
5 from 28 ratings
Make good use of your smoked trout and zucchini haul by whipping up these crispy fritters, topped with a deliciously zingy yogurt sauce.
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Smoked trout and zucchini fritters
Total time: 55 minutes
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon sumac
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 8 ounces smoked trout, skinless and flaked, divided
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  1. Grate the zucchini and place into a colander along with a sprinkling of salt. Leave the zucchini for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the yogurt with the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the chopped dill, and sumac. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder, then add the zucchini and toss to thoroughly coat.
  4. Add the beaten eggs, chives, remaining dill, ¾ of the smoked trout, and salt and pepper to taste to the zucchini mixture. Stir until well combined.
  5. Add the cooking oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pan set over medium heat. Scoop large spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden. (Be sure to fry the fritters in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan.) Transfer the finished fritters to a paper towel-lined plate, keeping them warm in a preheated oven if desired.
  6. Serve the fritters hot, with a drizzle of lemon dill yogurt and more smoked trout on top.
Calories per Serving 430
Total Fat 19.7 g
Saturated Fat 4.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 220.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.6 g
Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
Total Sugars 9.4 g
Sodium 1,178.1 mg
Protein 34.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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