Trader Joe's Pantry: Canned Smoked Trout

When concern about high mercury levels in tuna sent my household hunting for a replacement for our beloved tuna salad sandwiches, Trader Joe's canned smoked trout stepped in. And honestly? I think it's even more tasty &mdash and much more elegant — than plain old tuna.

The fillets of fish are packed in oil, so they just need to be mixed with a dab of mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon and some chopped herbs to make a flavorful sandwich filling. Or you can fancy it up by calling the mix "smoked trout rillettes" and serve it on toast rounds to company.

A personal favorite is smoked trout and cabbage salad, made by mixing the trout with half a head of shredded cabbage and lemon juice to taste. Simple, smoky yet fresh-tasting, it's become one of my go-to winter salads, made with my newest pantry staple.

Have you ever bought this smoked trout? How do you like to serve it?

Related: What Can I Do With a Surplus of Smoked Salmon?

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Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.

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