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Trader Joe's Canned Smoked Trout - Back in May!

This is my favorite canned food. Period. Imagine my disappointment when I stopped seeing it on store shelves early this year! I knew I should have stocked up!!! I emailed today to see if it will ever be back, and Marci from customer relations gave me good news. It's should be back by April or May! Awesome!!! I am planning on buying at least 20 cans, just to make sure I have enough in the event that they pull it off shelves for a few months again (obsess much?). I shudder to think what would happen if it were discontinued indefinitely. I might be able to make 20 cans last for 6 months, but that would be pushing it. After that, I don't know what I would do. I hear that a German company named Appel Feinkost is the manufacturer, but in my local grocery, I can only find their herring. Hopefully, they are having a problem with the supply (out of season), and not the supplier, because It would be a shame if the product changed in any way. This fish is perfect. It has a nice balance between smokey and salty, and it's only mildly "fishy". I love the ingredient list: trout fillets, canola oil, salt, smoke. Since it's listed, I think they use liquid smoke, but I could care less. I've eaten some "fresh" (not right out of the smokehouse, but high-end grocery store brand) smoked salmon which I enjoyed much less than these little canned gems, and I LOVE smoked salmon. That is how good it is. Well, the next time I can make it up to TJ's is either at the end of April, or the beginning of May. Let's hope for the best!

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  1. I am totally with you on the smoked trout! Just bought six more cans last Monday.
    It is the perfect snack/lunch. Healthy protein, low-fat and no issues with mercury. (I love canned tuna too, but can't have it more than once a week).
    Where are you? I am in SF, CA and we went through the out-of-stock deal sometime last year, but it's been readily available recently.
    Want me to send you some:)

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    1. re: rabaja

      I saw them at the Rockridge, CA location today too, so hopefully they will be back in your local TJ's soon. Sadly, the tuna in green curry (my favorite out of their Thai curry packets) has been discontinued though. :(

      1. re: dreamsicle

        thanks for the recommendation. i love smoked trout, but have never had it canned. will look here in n. va.

      2. re: rabaja

        Thanks for the offer, but I'm fasting for lent (orthodox), so I won't be able to eat regular (non shellfish) fish until the 27th of next month (Easter). I hope by then, my local TJ's will have it in stock.

        1. re: rabaja

          I've got my fingers crossed...Is your offer to send some of the smoked trout still good? I'm in Sun Valley, Nevada and I too was totally disheartened to find it discontinued from Trader Joe's here in Reno, NV. If your offer is still good i'd sure be willing to do some dealing with you for shipping/handling/payment for however many cans your willing to send me...I do love their smoked trout, I sure agree with all that madgreek said about it. Thank you for considering my request and for making your offer...hope to hear from you soon.

        2. So a perhaps silly question - but how do you eat this? Just straight out of the can? On a sandwich? Sounds interesting and I'm a TJ's fan so I'm sure this will catch my eye next time I'm there...

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          1. re: cpierce_indy

            I've found that it has such a clean flavor, it is great to eat straight out of the can. There are many recipes I have found that it would work with, though. Actually, I had it in a sandwich a few times with some cream cheese and green onion (any member of the allium family would work, really) . I think that it can be used in most any recipe that you would use smoked salmon in. Try it! You will love it!

            1. re: madgreek

              Hmmm... Sounds good. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for the tips!

          2. I'm intrigued... I have never noticed it at my TJ's, but will look for it on my next trip. Since it is in a can, it it like canned-tuna consistency? Could you serve it as some sort of appetizer? Sounds yummy.

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            1. re: Tehama

              Is it in a container like tuna or a container like sardines??

              1. re: toncasmo

                It's like sardine can, but bigger. See the one on the lower right.


                1. re: madgreek

                  i just bought some there but a different brand or at least the can looks different.....

                  1. re: toncasmo

                    If you bought it at TJ's it shoule be a pale blue tin, with white lettering.

                    1. re: toncasmo

                      I was told by the store manager of the Woodmere, OH, that there was the possibility of a different supplier, but I think you probably have the same kind I've been talking about. What I buy from TJ's has lettering as described above by rabaja. I showed the picture of the Appel brand to illustrate the shape/construction of the can, since (I believe) they are the supplier.

              2. I always wanted to try this but the sodium content scared me:-)

                1. no comparison to trader joe's canned smoked trout. it is just that awesome! we have been having such on little garlic toasts with a cocktail on sunday afternoons for years now. we too are currently going through withdrawal as our local trader joe's, and we have been to three of them so far in the chicago area, are out of stock. they know us at tj's and just yesterday, we were able to give our name to an employee at the geneva store who is going to set a case aside for us when it returns to the shelf, which we were told it is going to be shortly. whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  1. Just went to TJ's yesterday in SF, no trout on the shelves and no sign where they should be. The horror!!!
                    Thankfully, I have a half-dozen or so cans around but, please, someone, tell me they've seen them around recently in the Bay Area!
                    This only reinforces my inclination to buy them by the dozen when I do find them. A case? Now that's an idea...

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                    1. re: rabaja

                      I didn't see them in the past few weeks at the Rockridge location on College Avenue either. And now they are out of all the Thai curry packets - red, yellow and green!

                      1. re: dreamsicle

                        I haven't seen the trout at the El Cerrito location either and only the yellow curry. I hope they bring back the others soon. (Why does the yellow have potato? Who needs potato?)

                        1. re: Jacey

                          Yes it is, but it's still pretty low in fat, and I always pour off most of the oil. If you see it, try it, you will be glad you did.
                          Thanks for the Bay Area report dreamsicle and Glencora, so sad, but now I am on a quest.

                        2. re: rabaja

                          I checked last night when I was at the North Beach location. They had plenty of regular trout and smoked herring, but no smoked trout!

                          1. Does anyone know the price on these? I bought some blind this weekend...and loved it. But I trashed the receipt and being new-ish, my local TJ's didn't have one of their cutesy price things in front of the tins.

                            Just wondering how many I can afford when I go back to stock up.

                            1. how smoky is the flavor? there is a local barbecue place called "famous dave's" that makes a smoked salmon dip with cream cheese and jalapeno that is amazing, but the smoked flavor is very hickory-esque and strong, and i haven't found a smoked salmon with that boldness yet. if this smoked trout brings the goods, i'll order a case prontosaurus.

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                              1. re: beelzebozo

                                i'll bet famous dave's adds liquid smoke to that dip, almost certainly!

                                  1. re: beelzebozo

                                    beelzebozo (funny name, btw), start with dipping a toothpick into some liquid smoke that you've poured into the lid. tap the droplets into your dip, stir in, taste. do it again, until you get the right strength. you may know all this, but if you didn't, i wouldn't want you to ruin your dip by adding too much liquid smoke. a little goes a loooooooong way!

                              2. Looked again yesterday at the North Beach location on Bay St., no trout.
                                I only have four cans left, it's May 2nd, what's up TJ'S????
                                Anyone see it at other Bay Area locations? I am totally willing to travel to stock-up.

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                                1. re: rabaja

                                  Still no sight of it at the Rockridge location on College Avenue (also in the Bay Area), only the canned smoked herring ... hope it's not discontinued.

                                  1. re: dreamsicle

                                    I've seen the trout at the Los Altos TJs.

                                    1. re: dreamsicle

                                      I saw a pile of canned trout in the Rockridge Trader Joes today, but it didn't say smoked on it -- this isn't the same thing, is it?

                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          Was at the Rockridge location today ... nope, those are just plain trout fillets in oil and brine ($3.29 per can), not the smoked ones.

                                          1. re: dreamsicle

                                            Thanks, now I know what to look for!

                                  2. Oh crap. I'm going to be there tomorrow. I'll post to tell whether it's available or not. It doesn't look good.

                                    1. Piles of them in Brookline, MA. The can says, "Product of Germany."

                                      1. what is the nutritional content on the can? how many servings?

                                        1. bought 4 cans today @ $2.99. vienna, va (rte 7 and i-66)

                                          net wt: 3.9 oz; drained weight 2.7 oz., packed skinless in canola oil, product of germany.

                                          about 1 serving per container. 90 cal. 4.5 fat grams, 25 mg chol, 390 mg sodium, 0 g carb, 12g protein

                                          this can good until 12-31-2011.

                                          (so i can eat it just as the world is supposed to end on the mayan calendar. ;-)

                                          1. AAAAHHHH!!! Not there! The manager told me he thinks they're probably switching suppliers! Is someone willing to ship me some?

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                                            1. re: madgreek

                                              Seriously. I have a paypal account with money in it right now, and I would love to get a hold of 10 cans or so. Anyone? Please?

                                            2. Stopped by a TJ's today over by Alameda/El Cerrito, no dice on the smoked trout. They did have a brined/oiled trout from what looks to be the same producer (same tin, same logo, but a tourquoise blue tin) but that was all that was available. $3.29 a can, so I bought some. Will report how it is, but you know it's NO substitute...

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                                              1. An apple horseradish cream sauce goes awesome with the smoked trout. I got the recipe from a Secrets of the CIA cookbook. I don't have it with me but basically whip up some heavy cream with some horseradish in it, and fold in grated granny smith apple. There may be a little lemon juice in it too. The sweet, hot, and creamy sauce is a perfect complement to the smoky fish.

                                                1. Okay you guys have hooked me on Trader Joe's smoked trout after reading and reading and reading about it. It's wonderful!!

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                                                  1. re: suek

                                                    ...yeah, for those of us who can find it!

                                                  2. I was at my local TJ's today and was my the check-out line and saw a large display with their new products, including the trout. I asked a couple of employees if they've ever tried it and nobody had, but said it was huge seller. They ended up popping a can open for me to try because I heard rave reviews about it on here. I wasn't that impressed. Reminded me of tuna filets. However, now I'm wondering if I didn't have the smoked one. Is it in a blue tin?

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                                                    1. re: Jacey

                                                      Light blue tin with white lettering. But, I would assume you'd know if it was the smoked not the regular??

                                                      1. re: Jacey

                                                        It's not a new product, and since I hear that they're switching suppliers, you might have had the new brand. I can't imagine anyone being disappoined with what I had been eating.

                                                        1. re: Jacey

                                                          I think you found the same trout I saw today at my local TJ's (NorthBeach/SF), it's an aquamarine tin (different from the pale blue tin the smoked trout came in, but with exactly the same lettering) and it's brined and in oil.
                                                          I bought two tins, mostly out of curiosity, but haven't been able to bring myself to try it yet...really want the old smoked trout back:(
                                                          Damn you TJ's!!! I'm kidding, mostly.

                                                        2. O.K., I bought two cans in the Westfield N.J. store this morning. Now, what shall I do with it?. I figure it will make a nice spread with cream cheese similar to sardines and cream cheese. Any other ideas? buttered rye bread? Thanks.

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                                                          1. re: iaintchoppedliver

                                                            Made a great pizza with the smoked trout last night.

                                                            I used the garlic/herb TJ's fresh pizza dough, topped with (from bottom to top): shredded onion, TJ's yogurt cheese, sliced mushrooms & yellow peppers sauteed in sherry, and one can's worth of the smoked trout crumbled into small pieces. Sprinkled the entire pie in thyme, granulated garlic, a little smoked salt, fresh ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes. YUM.

                                                            Smoky and savory and still a light meal.

                                                            1. re: litchick

                                                              Sounds great. I put smoked oyster on one of my pizzas. Thanks.

                                                          2. OK. I just bought the last 2 packages that were on the shelves based on this thread.

                                                            So what do I do with them? I was thinking putting on top of pizza with balsamic glaze and hot peppers.

                                                            1. Found it yesterday for $1.49 a can in the Baltimore area! They haven't had it for a while, but have lots now.

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                                                              1. re: crosby_p

                                                                I think I recall paying over $3 a can a few months ago on Long Island. Would there be such a difference in price?

                                                                1. re: crosby_p

                                                                  wow, what a bargain at $1.49!!! i paid twice that in falls church tj's.

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                    I know...I'm going back to get more today!

                                                                2. Finally, it's there! Problem is, I paid $3.29 a can, because it wasn't tagged on the shelf and I was so excited to find it that I forgot to have them price check it at the register. I rember paying at least a dollar less per can last time, but oh well, I gots me some trout-lol! La la la la la...I'm seriously giddy about this... I know, I've got problems, but I can't help it! This stuff is like crack!!!
                                                                  I also picked up some smoked herring, which I bet I'll like, since the ingredients are exactly the same (except for the fish, of course). The can is a bit larger, but who the hell cares. I love herring, and since it looks like the same supplier, and taking into consideration how great the trout is, I bet it's going to be a winner. Sweet.

                                                                  1. Picked up 8 more cans the other day. Even thought the price was still high, I could justify it, because I got some bad meat last time I was there, so they took it off the bill (about $20 worth! I love this place! It would be nice if it were less than 40 miles away, though.

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                                                                    1. re: madgreek

                                                                      i hope you told them about the overcharge the first time.....they'll credit you.

                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                        I had to laugh reading all these posts! I can't believe what a following the TJs canned smoked trout has! Well, the reason I came upon these comments is because I googled the product to see how I might be able to order some. I live in Texas and we don't have any TJs here. Wish we did! My sister lives in SF and she sent me a care package that included some of the smoked trout. I LOVED it and want more! I can't see an option for ordering it online so I will ask her to send me a bunch of cans. I know this may not sound good to many of you but I love it with a little bit of mayo over a saltine cracker or mixed in a spring mixed green salad with red onion drizzled with a olive oil, seasoned rice vinegar, a sprinkle of course sea salt and pepper.....so delicious - great with a nice glass of chardonnay!!..... :)

                                                                        1. re: maggycruz1

                                                                          maggy, your sister should use one of those post office flat rate boxes. one can fit many, many cans in the medium or large boxes for around $10-13 flat rate shipping, respectively. http://www.usps.com/shipping/priority...

                                                                          iirc, our trout here in NoVa is either $2.29 a can or now $4.29. anyone?

                                                                    2. I've been a T.J.'s Smoked Trout fan for about two years. Eat it right out of the can. Makes a tasty, convenient, protein-filled breakfast. Just throw a can and plastic fork in my briefcase. At 9:30 am, I open the can at my desk, add pepper, and chow. I'm good 'til noon.