Grilled Trout Recipe Ideas

Before looking at a grilled trout recipe, we need to look at the best size for grilling. When grilling a whole fish, the best size is eight to ten inches long. This is the perfect size for a plate and it can be turned easily on the grill. Larger fillets also seem to hold together better during grilling. 

Because of its size, trout is the perfect fish for the grill, but its delicate nature causes some people to be afraid of this cooking method. No one likes seeing a nice grilled piece of trout fall through the grate. No one!

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You can solve this problem by getting yourself a grilling basket to hold the trout. Problem solved. Or if you do not want to purchase a basket it is not that hard to grill trout directly on the grill. 

Here are a few tips to grilling trout:

  • First, just make sure your grill is clean. If the grill is not clean, food will stick to it. 
  • Second, apply oil to the grill before you turn on the heat. Then apply the oil to both sides of the trout. 
  • Your trout should be grilled hot and fast. 
  • You will need two very large thin spatulas to support the trout or fillet when turning. You must keep the trout together while turning.
  • You should only touch the trout twice, once to turn it and again to lift it off the grill. Don't mess with it, you will only make things worse. 
  • Turn the trout when the top surface changes color and remove the fish when the color change has reached its center.

Here Are Some Grilled Trout Recipes You May Enjoy

Grilled Trout with Parsley

This grilled trout recipe comes from You might also want to add some lemon. If you like a little more seasoning you can increase everything by 1-1/2 times (but not the oil). This is a very tasty dish.

Whole Grilled Trout gives us this grilled trout recipe. You can also substitute dill for the rosemary and thyme in this recipe, either way it is a simple and tasty meal.

Grilled Butterflied Trout with Lemon-Parsley Butter

This recipe comes from This is an easy recipe and mighty tasty, a winner for sure.

Quick Grilled Trout

Here is a quick and easy way to grill trout from

Best Grilled Trout

OK, so maybe this recipe from is not the healthiest recipe on the list, but it is worth a try.

In Closing

The really nice thing about grilling whole trout is that you can stuff it with many different flavors. Some grilled trout recipes call for lemon, rosemary, garlic and lime just to name a few. 

You also may find that trout has a very nice flavor on its own, and you really don't need to add a lot of spices to the dish. 

After grilling the skin will come off and the bones can be removed easily (or see the cleaning and deboning video on our How to Cook Trout page).

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