These Are Our 25 Favorite Trout Recipes
Are you looking to add more fish to your menus but need help figuring out where to start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Cooking fish can initially seem intimidating, but with some knowledge and practice, it can be easy and delicious. And there’s no need to stick to salmon, tuna, halibut or cod! Trout is a versatile and delicious freshwater fish that can be prepared in so many creative ways.
We’ve found 25 of the best recipes to inspire and help you get started. You’ll be amazed at how many easy ways you can prepare trout. Whether you want a quick and easy game-day dip, a tasty sauce for your outdoor grill, or a restaurant-quality creation to wow your guests – take your pick! Read on, experiment and enjoy!
1. Baked Honey Lemon Steelhead Trout
Here’s a beautiful dish that partners perfectly with roast veggies and rice. It couldn’t be easier to make. The large fish filet marinades for 1-4 hours in a sweet, garlicky sauce so the flavors have time to permeate the flesh, then oven baked in foil for 15-20 minutes.
2. Baked Trout in Honey Mustard And Soy Sauce Glaze
Another baked trout recipe, which also works well with other white fish. The versatile, Asian-inspired sauce takes the tender, juicy flesh of the fish to the next level – and you only need four ingredients to whip up a batch. Pour on the filets and bake them in foil for 10 -15 minutes, before serving, perhaps with garlic mashed potatoes, or a crispy cabbage and cucumber salad with dill.
3. Buttery Baked Trout With Capers & Dill
If you’re looking for a simple midweek supper, trout may not be the first thing that springs to mind. But this simple recipe sticks to the adage that less is more. Butter-fried filets are pan-cooked for around 10-15 minutes so they remain tender and juicy before complementing with the sharp tang of capers and the freshness of dill fronds.
Serve on a bed of rice, pasta, or potatoes – anything that will soak up the luscious, buttery juices will be fine.
4. Crispy Skin Ocean Trout on Saffron Braised Fennel
Unsurprisingly, this elegant combination of trout, fennel and saffron is guaranteed to wow your guests at any special meal – it’s the creation of one of Australia’s best-known chefs – Bas Van Uyan.
The fennel and saffron broth goes perfectly with the fish, which is arranged on top with potatoes, carrots, and fresh tender asparagus spears. This is a dish to prepare when you have time to pay attention to detail and create something memorable.
5. Fish Piccata
Fish is a staple of a healthy Mediterranean diet, and this trout recipe combines the fresh aromas of a simple lemon and dry white wine and the characteristic fragrance of oregano and cilantro.
Nothing complicated here – the dish can be ready in 20 minutes, making it an easy choice for a quick lunch. Hint: as the trout cooks so quickly, prepare your sides and salads before pan-frying it.
6. Garlicky Beans with Lemon, Dill, and Trout
This is easy – all the ingredients, besides a little olive oil and some salt, are in the name! Using canned white beans and tinned smoked trout, it’s just a matter of combining everything in a serving bowl.
The only work required is to grate a little lemon zest into the mix. Makes a beautiful, healthy meal that’s perfect when accompanied by fresh, crusty bread.
7. Gourmet Deviled Eggs with Smoked Trout Gravlax & Corn Sabayon
This sophisticated recipe from chef Katie Button makes a fantastic appetizer. The only catch is that you’ll need to cure the trout the night before and prep five hours ahead. Of course, it helps to have a smoke gun handy for the best results, but if you don’t, buying ready-smoked trout would be an option.
This is one to try when you’re looking to challenge your skills and assemble a complex dish that will please any gourmet.
8. Grilled Herb Stuffed Trout
The secret of al fresco cooking is to keep things simple and fuss-free. The whole trout in this recipe can be stuffed in advance with fennel, rosemary, parsley, and slices of orange and lemon.
Tie the fish with kitchen twine to prevent the luscious contents from spilling out. To cook, rub with extra virgin olive oil, place the fish on a hot grill or wood-fired oven, and cook for around 5-7 minutes on each side.
9. Grilled Whole Trout
This grilled trout recipe is inspired because, rather than being marinated, the whole fish is pan-fried in a fantastic, lip-smacking garlicky, herb-infused sauce made from a base of bacon or beef fat. Buy the trout head and tail on, but ask for it to be gutted, defined, and deboned. Before cooking, rinse and pat the fish dry with a paper towel.
The recipe calls the sauce ‘Liquid Gold .’Hint: make a good quantity, as it’s very versatile and can be used to elevate any number of dishes.
10. Ice Trout
Suppose you’ve just caught your trout from an icy winter river and want to prepare differently. What about this simple Japanese-inspired dressing of wasabi, soy sauce, and creamy mayonnaise from Estonian chef Ants Uustalu?
Despite the elegant presentation, assembling it couldn’t be simpler, so it’s perfect for a tasty appetizer or light meal made with minimal fuss. To learn more about local Estonian dishes, check out our story about the most famous Estonian foods.
11. Lake Trout Chowder
For this delicious recipe from Aylmer Lake Lodge, a remote Canadian fishery just south of the arctic circle, you’ll be using the heads and bones of the trout to create a wonderful creamy broth that pairs perfectly with the rich chowder. Allow a couple of hours to prep and let it cook, then serve with sourdough or any fresh crusty bread to mop up every last drop of the juice and a beer or glass of chilled white wine to wash it down.
Of course, if you have enough fish available to increase the quantities, any leftovers taste even better the next day!
12. Pan Seared Trout with Pecan Browned Butter
This simple recipe coats the trout filets with a butter and breadcrumb mix before they’re pan-fired for around three minutes. While it specifies that you must use panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), it works just as well with crumbs from whatever bread you prefer.
Serve with lightly cooked seasonal veggies, and you’ll have a delicious and nutritious meal in next to no time!
13. Pasta With Smoked Trout, Lemon, and Dill
When you’re bored with serving salmon with your favorite pasta, change it up a little and use smoked trout instead. With garlic, chili, and the fresh flavors of dill and oregano, this easy-to-make dish takes only around 10 minutes, as you can cook the fish mixture while the pasta is boiling.
If you choose, include some sliced artichoke hearts to add texture and toss in some tangy capers to provide a burst of flavor.
14. Slow-Baked Trout with Soy Sauce Marinade
When you’re looking for an elegant yet unfussy dish for a special occasion that doesn’t need hours of preparation, here you go! Drench it in an Asian –inspired marinade, and let it slow-bake to perfection.
The result should be tender and juicy, not overcooked, so it becomes dry and flaky. It partners perfectly with sticky rice, or perhaps noodles, and a glass of chilled white wine.
15. Smoked Trout Brandade
Brandade is traditionally made with salt cod and olive oil, but this intriguing rainbow trout instead. Cooking the ingredients together before whizzing them and adding to pre-cooked creamy mashed potatoes, then baking the end result, creates a delicious and comforting dish that’s as nutritious as it is filling.
Hint: as store bought smoked fish tends to be saltier than home smoked, be cautious when adding salt to the mixtures.
16. Smoked Trout Cakes
Who doesn’t love fish cakes? These smoked trout beauties take the concept to a new level and would make an excellent starter for a special meal, yet they’re quick and easy to make. The decadent combination of sour cream, whole grain mustard, red bell pepper, chives, and tangy capers combined with the smokiness of the fish means every mouthful is delicious.
Suppose you’re looking for a gluten-free element. In that case, the recipe uses instant potato flakes instead of breadcrumbs, but either works perfectly.
17. Smoked Trout Croquettes
These delectable croquettes are surprisingly easy to make. First, the trout filets are cooked in butter, onion, and milk, with the added flavors of fresh dill and orange juice, then left to steep in the juices for at least four hours.
Then, the fish is shaped into sausage and coated in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, before chilling and frying for 3-4 minutes. Serve with orange and dill-flavored mayonnaise on the side.
18. Smoked Trout Dip
This creamy smoked trout dip takes only minutes to make. Two fillets (about half a pound) are enough to create a tasty appetizer for a small party of 4-6 guests- or it makes a great sofa snack when you’re watching the big game or settling down for a Netflix binge. Goes perfectly with chilled beer and your favorite chips.
19. Easy Smoked Trout In Your Oven
If you’re ready to take your trout cooking skills to the next level, it’s time for some home smoking! To prepare, the whole fish is soaked in brine for eight hours, then cooked slowly and smoked in a cool oven.
Once it’s done, remove the skin and gills. It should be easy to debone at this point. Slice thinly and enjoy with salads or the veggies of your choice. It partners beautifully with tartare sauce, horseradish, or just a squeeze of fresh lemon.
20. Smoked Trout, Horseradish, and New Potato Salad
Trust celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to come up with this simple yet mouthwatering combination of smoked trout, horseradish, and new potato salad that can be put together in minutes. Perfect for an easy springtime appetizer or a weeknight dinner full of fresh springtime flavors.
21. Stewed Trout (In Tomato Sauce)
A bonus of this appetizing garlicky, wine–enriched dish is that you can enjoy it warm or served at room temperature – in fact, any cold leftovers will taste even more delicious! Serve over mashed potatoes, polenta, or use fresh crusty bread to mop up the heavenly juices.
Tip: Don’t discard the heads and tails if you use whole fresh fish. Instead, freeze them for later and use them to make fish stock.
22.Tasmanian Smoked Trout Noodle Salad
This incredible Aussie no-cook summer recipe partners hot-smoked trout with velvety coconut cream. There’s a beautiful complexity of flavors and aromas – the zing of fresh lime contrasts with the salty fish sauce and the dash of chili heat.
Mix in your favorite noodles or plump pasta, and you’ll have a feast ready to enjoy in minutes!
23.Tarragon and Juniper Olive Oil Confit Trout
Another creative recipe from down under. The fish is oven baked with garlic, juniper berries, tarragon, and lemon slices and served with homemade roasted garlic aioli.
With so little effort, it’s perfect for a midweek meal. Still, it can also be partnered with seasonal veggies, new potatoes, and a glass (or two) of chilled white wine to make it extra memorable.
24. Pan Fried Lake Trout Recipe
Is any combination more perfect than succulent fresh fish coated in cheesy breadcrumbs and served with crispy fries and a creamy mayonnaise dip? This simple recipe is easy to follow, and you’ll have the meal on your plate in less than 30 minutes!
25. Smoked Trout and Cream Cheese Crêpe Stack
Here’s an elegant trout-based recipe for everyone who loves crepes and enjoys making them! Make a batch of crepes, let them cool, and spread on the cream cheese, chopped fresh dill, and flaked smoked trout. Create a tower as high as you like, slice it into wedges, and serve it as a snack or appetizer.