Trout Recipes

Usually sold whole and butterflied and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, trout is a great fish for grilling, poaching, smoking, and baking. Whatever technique you apply, here you'll find great trout recipes perfect to serve up for any occasion.

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How to Smoke Fish

Where there's smoke, there's flavor. Smoking fish at home may sound intimidating, but it's no more complicated than grilling. Just add aromatic wood to a charcoal grill and let the fragrant, flavorful smoke do its work.

Panfried Trout with Lemon

You'll only taste wild trout if you catch them yourself—all others are farm raised. Wherever you get it, trout that you panfry with lemon will be a delicious dinner to serve your guests, fishermen or not.

Fried Fish

For a crowd-pleasing dinner, replace half the fish fillets with large peeled shrimp: Dip them in batter first, then in panko before frying.

Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon and Thyme

Use the freshest white fish you can find for this recipe. Stuffed with lemons and thyme, it cooks in no time on the grill, which makes for an easy dinner. The fish is especially delicious with a dab of homemade Sorrel Green-Goddess Dressing.

Whole Baked Trout with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes

Cooking a fish whole helps to retain moisture and flavor. This family-friendly trout dinner is an easy one-pot meal—first cook the potatoes and tomatoes then bake the fish right on top.

Trout Almandine

Sliced almonds lend crunch to every bite of this classic seafood dinner. Besides being flavorful, trout is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for good cardiovascular health.

Grilled Rainbow Trout

Dinner made simple: Rainbow trout is marinated with fresh thyme, shallots, and lemons inside and out before a quick turn on the grill.

Panfried Trout with Almonds and Parsley

Sauteed almonds make a zesty topping for panfried trout. For a light, quick supper, serve the fish with baby lettuce leaves and lemon wedges.

Poached Trout

Whole fish (such as this butterflied trout or pink-fleshed arctic char) are as easy to poach as fillets. This recipe works with almost any variety. Serve chilled over greens with horseradish for lunch. For dinner, serve warm with pureed vegetables on the side.

Smoked-Trout Pate with Pita Crisps

Rating: 3.83 stars
This elegant spread makes a a perfect late-afternoon precursor to dinner when served with homemade pita crisps.

Rainbow Trout, Tomatoes, and Basil in Parchment

This parchment-baked trout is about as simple as dinner gets. It's also fast and requires virtually no cleanup.

Smoked Trout Pate on Toasted Baguette

Fresh chives and shallot give this cream cheese-based dip a subtle bite.

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Our Tastiest Trout Recipes

Give trout a chance! Whether you choose fresh or smoked, the underrated, affordable fish makes a delicious lean-protein dinner.