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10 Great Ways to Cook Trout

At last, everything you need to know about cooking trout. Warning: these trout recipes may cause excess salivation.

Spring is a cherished time of year by many. Nature seems to reward us for our patience over the winter by delivering all sorts of wild edibles. And nothing goes better with foraged foods than stream trout.

There’s not much that can hold a candle to a dinner of freshly caught trout. And we have saved you the hassle of scouring the internet to find delicious recipes worthy of such a prized fish.

First things first, you’ll need to catch a trout. You can just use a spinning reel if that’s all you have, but once you try fly fishing and tie your own flies, you’ll be addicted. Though you can also use farm-raised fish for these trout recipes, part of the magic behind them is the story of sneaking up on these elusive predators lurking in deep pools.

Trout Basics

No matter how these 10 trout recipes below are organized, each one seems better than the last. We advise you to keep a napkin or bib nearby as you read, because they may cause drooling. Enjoy!

1. Whole Grilled Trout

One of the easiest trout recipes, and most visually impacting, is to grill a whole trout. Fish like trout are rich in good fats, and really absorb the flavor imparted from grilling.

Paleo Leap

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2. Trout with Fiddleheads, Morels, and Wild Onions

This recipe is perfect to put all your freshly gathered wild edibles to good use in a forager’s feast. This cooking method also produces very crispy skin if you leave it on. And let’s be serious, why wouldn’t you?

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

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3. Grilled Lime Trout

This method is heavy on the herbs and uses limes or oranges instead of the traditional lemon. Grilling the citrus fruits also complements the trout’s delicate flesh really well.

Healthy Foodie

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4. Smoked Lake Trout

It’s almost impossible to beat a well-smoked piece of trout or salmon. While you can smoke stream trout, this method of butterflying is best reserved for the larger individuals. Maybe save it for a nice-sized lake trout between 5 and 15 pounds.

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5. Trout with Orange-Saffron Sauce

This is perhaps the most visually appealing presentation you can find for a thick-cut fillet of trout. The bright and bold colors complement the intense flavors and are perfect for a springtime meal.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

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Greens and Fish

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6. Roasted Trout with Lemon and Herbs

A surprisingly simple dish to prepare, these whole trout absorb a lot of flavor from the garlic, onions, and fresh herbs.

Olga’s Flavor Factory

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7. Trout Omelet

Using fish in an omelet may seem a little strange. But it’s actually a perfect way to use up odd scraps from a larger trout you grilled or smoked the day prior.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

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8. Roasted Trout with Potatoes and Asparagus

The baby potatoes and asparagus in this recipe work very well with the lemon and thyme-infused trout fillets.

Serious Eats

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9. Fried Trout with Peas

This recipe utilizes the butterfly technique, dredging the trout in flour and treating it almost as a schnitzel. Serve it alongside peas and a lemon-butter sauce to make it complete.

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10. Salmon/Trout Candy

Traditionally this recipe is for salmon, but larger trout species will also work just fine. Smoking works very well with trout since they are very fatty fish and the smoke adheres to fat. Warning: they’re called candy for a reason. They won’t last long!

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Doesn’t matter which one you choose…how about you make all 10?

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