Our Tastiest Trout Recipes


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

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Trout Basics

David Malosh

Because it’s a small fish, trout is often sold whole and butterflied. Look for shiny skin, a reliable sign that the fish is fresh. Farmed rainbow trout is a good option, as it’s raised in freshwater ponds and raceways that are protected from contaminants. Like salmon, trout is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as the antioxidant selenium.

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Panfried Trout with Almonds and Parsley


This mainly freshwater fish comes in many varieties, ranging in color from white to red. Much like salmon, it is categorized as an oily fish, which have many health benefits, including omega-3. Most trout sold in supermarkets is farmed. The fish can also be caught wild in lakes, rivers, and small streams. The following collection includes recipes for using both types as well as smoked trout, which can be purchased in delicatessens and specialty markets.

This simple dish of panfried trout is topped with a flavorful combination of almonds, parsley, and lemon zest and juice. Serve the fish with baby lettuce leaves and lemon wedges for a light supper. This recipe also appears in our "Power Foods" cookbook.

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Smoked Trout on Pumpernickel

John Kernick

Only a few flavorful ingredients are required to create these simple appetizer sandwiches. Spread pumpernickel bread with butter and horseradish, then top with smoked trout and dill. The sandwiches can be made up to 2 hours before serving.

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Trout with Escarole, Orange, and Olives

trout and escarole
Raymond Hom

In a skillet you can prepare a main dish and side dish for one. Seared trout pairs with sauteed escarole, orange juice and zest, and green olives for a quick solo dinner.

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Smoked-Trout Pate with Pita Crisps

Smoked-Trout Pate with Pita Crisps
James Merrell

This creamy smoked trout pate makes a wonderful appetizer for any garden gathering. Make it a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Serve with pita crisps.

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Poached Trout

fish pan

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

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Smoked Trout and Garlic Cream on Rye Toasts


A few store-bought ingredients turn these toasts into an appetizer. Smoked trout and chopped cornichons perch atop a layer of garlic cream.

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Trout with Olives and Brown Butter


Savor the lively flavors of the Mediterranean with this trout dish, featuring a sauce of brown butter with olives and capers. If you can’t find small capers (called nonpareil), use large ones, and coarsely chop.

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Roasted Trout with Dill and Lemon


For an elegant and flavorful fish dish, try this simple roasted trout perfumed with dill and lemon while in the oven. Serve it alongside a watercress salad and rice pilaf for an unforgettable meal.

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Smoked Trout on Toast with Tomato Salad


This open-faced sandwhich makes an ideal lunch for one. Spread country bread with cream cheese and top with smoked trout. Serve a cherry tomato salad on the side.

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Smoked-Trout Pate


This pate retains a bit of chunkiness with flaked smoked trout. A combination of cottage cheese and creme fraiche add texture and tangy flavor. Serve with grilled bread.

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Panfried Trout with Lemon


Nothing could be more earthy and simpler than this dish of wild-caught trout panfried in a combination of olive oil, sesame oil, and butter. Lemon slices and a touch of citrus flavor without masking the natural flavor.

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