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Learning how to cook trout after your successful day of fly fishing can be almost as much fun as the day itself. There are many different ways people have found to cook trout and steelhead. Baked, grilled, fried or smoked: All make for good eating.
Many of the following methods can be used for trout or steelhead. Steelhead is after all a rainbow trout that has spent most of its life in the ocean or Great Lakes. This time spent at sea (with the same diet) also means that steelhead and salmon recipes will often be interchangeable.
I will add here (but it may be too late to mention) that as soon as you land and have decided to keep it, your trout needs to be bled out. Letting it bleed will improve its taste.
Before we get into how to cook trout we should first look at how to prepare the trout for cooking.
There are many sites on the web that shows how to clean a trout or steelhead so I won't get into it in detail here. I do want to say that if you caught it and decided to keep it, then YOU should clean it. Don't hand it off to your spouse or friends.
This link shows: How to clean a trout
People have different preferences on whether to leave the head on or not, that is up to you. What is important is cleaning the blood vein that runs the length of the spine. If left in this vein will affect the taste. This cleaning can be done with your knife and an old toothbrush. (Yes, use an old one.)
If you plan on eating the skin make sure you remove the scales. This can be done by scraping the scales from the tail toward the head with a knife.
After cleaning, rinse it inside and out with saltwater and pat it dry with a paper towel.
This next video shows how to fillet and debone a trout once it has been cleaned.
Oven-baked trout is a very easy and delicious dish to fix.
Optional spices you can also try: garlic powder, dill weed and paprika.
Also see this Grilled Trout Recipe page for more ideas
When exploring different ways how to cook trout, frying is a classic. It makes one think of sitting around a campfire after a long day of fishing.
Also see: A rainbow trout recipe for everyone
Here is a very tasty steelhead trout recipe using your broiler. Enjoy!
When learning how to cook trout, a general rule for doneness is the meat should be opaque and should flake easily with a folk. It should also be very moist.
Undercooked trout will look raw and translucent. Trout that is overcooked will look dry.