Most steelhead trout recipes can give you a totally different dish than the standard rainbow trout. You may also get a slightly different taste from a fish labeled steelhead at the store from the one you just caught. Let's see why.
Steelhead are like salmon in that they spend most of their life at sea (or the Great Lakes). They roam the sea for thousands of miles and share the same diet (krill). This gives them the same general taste and pink color as salmon. Since steelhead return to sea after spawning they can grow very large.
Since steelhead is a large rainbow trout you may find some farm-raised large rainbows labeled as steelhead in the store. Not a big problem, but store-bought fish may give you slightly different results with these steelhead trout recipes. You may not even notice unless you have had fresh sea run steelhead. There is just nothing like fresh steelhead.
Most of these steelhead recipes call for fillets, mainly because of their size. My smallest steelhead was about 26 inches long. Even without the head that is too much for the BBQ wouldn't you say?
This video on filleting a steelhead is very
See these links about how to grill fish on a cedar plank for ease and flavor.
Steelhead Trout Bake with Dijon Mustard from allrecipes.com
Some people seem to like the mustard flavor in this recipe while others think the mustard is overpowering for the steelhead. Give it a try and see what you think. This is a recipe that does not require the oil and butter that some recipes call for.
Broiled Steelhead Trout with Rosemary, Lemon and Garlic from food.com
This is a very easy and flavorful recipe. If you bake the steelhead at a lower temperature for ten minutes, then broil for five, you will give the spices more time to be absorbed. The spices may cook off if you only broil it.
Grilled Steelhead Trout from feralkitchen.com
This steelhead recipe is simple and is perfect for a busy weekday meal. The teriyaki sauce adds a new twist.
Whichever of these steelhead recipes you try, you will be dining on a healthy fish. Its lean protein, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids in combination with low levels of mercury and pesticides makes steelhead trout one of the healthiest seafoods you can eat.
Steelhead trout recipes are worth adding to your recipe box, whether the steelhead was just caught, or just fresh from the store. Either way steelhead is a dish you will enjoy.