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Grilled Trout: the effortless healthy recipe for delicious trout

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist


Extra virgin olive oil
trouts, boned and cleaned
Kosher Salt
Freshly ground pepper
fresh lemon
6 paper-thin slices
fresh herbs
several sprigs
butter, cubed
1 tsp

Grilled trout is a super easy, incredibly flavorful meal that you can whip up in no time. The beauty of this easy grilled trout recipe is that it's healthy, delicious, and pretty effortless to prep and cook. On the inside, it's moist and flaky and flavored with whisper-thin slices of lemon and fresh herbs. Outside, the skin is cooked to crispy perfection, making each bite utterly satisfying.

Grilled trout only takes about half an hour to make, and if you don't have a grill, you can bake it in the oven and get similar results. For a healthy fish recipe, you'll want to try again and again, you'll love grilled trout.

How to Grill a Trout

Making grilled trout is simple. Layer a few pieces of foil and turn the edges up at the sides to keep the juices in as the fish is cooking. After seasoning the fish, adding the lemon and herbs, and brushing it with oil, place it in foil.

You'll want to preheat your grill so it gets up to high heat while making sure to leave part of the grill cool. Cook the fish over the direct high heat for 3 minutes, then move it to the cool side of the grill and cool it for another 3 to 5 minutes. You don't need to turn it over. You'll know it's done when the flesh turns opaque and flakes easily. Go ahead and serve it with your favorite sides and enjoy!


Tips for the Best Grilled Trout

You can grill the whole trout or remove the head and tail if you prefer. Be sure to leave the skin on when you're grilling it.

The trout is done cooking when the flesh is opaque.

Rainbow trout, brook trout, and Arctic char are the best types of trout for this recipe. When choosing your fish, look for a whole trout that's been filleted or butterflied. Make sure the eyes of the trout are bright, pink, and unclouded. If the eyes have sunken in or look grey, don't buy the fish. Also, avoid any trout with an overpoweringly strong fish odor.

If you don't have a grill, you can also cook your trout in the oven. Wrap it in foil and bake it for 10 to 15 minutes at 350F.

What to Serve with Grilled Trout

You can serve your grilled trout with a huge variety of delicious side dishes. It's wonderful with herbed roasted potatoes or crispy potato wedges, a light fennel salad, grilled corn or other grilled veggies, or couscous.

How to Store Grilled Trout

Store your grilled trout in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Preheat your grill for direct high heat. Leave part of the grill cool.

Layer 2 to 3 sheets of foil and make a 1-inch rim around the edges. Grease with olive oil.

Pat the trout dry with a paper towel. Season the inside of the fish with salt and pepper. Place the lemon, butter, and herbs inside the fish. Close the fish over and brush the outside with olive oil. Arrange on the aluminum foil.

Put the foil directly onto the hot side of the grill. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then shift the fish to the cool side of the grill and cover and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

Remove from the grill and serve.


You can leave the head and tail on the trout or remove it before cooking, depending on your preference.

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