Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Whole Grilled Trout

I had a whole (headless) trout in the freezer and went in search of recipes that would fit with what I had on hand.  Nearly all of them included fresh herbs and I had few so I decided to adapt a recipe from the Wicked Noodle called Whole Grilled Trout with Fresh Herbs, Garlic and Lemon.  Check Kristy's site for her original recipe.  I had fresh garlic, rosemary and lemon so I ended up with this recipe. 

Whole Grilled Trout with Dried and Fresh Herbs and Lemon - Adapted from Wicked Noodle

1 trout, boned and de-headed
1 tsp. dried parsley, minced
1 tsp. dried basil, minced
1½ tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ t. kosher salt
¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
3 lemon slices

The recipe says to mix together the herbs and garlic, but I added them each individually and evenly inside the trout starting with the dried herbs to get them against the flesh for re-hydrating.  I wrapped it in plastic and refrigerated about three hours. 

Oil the cooking grate and preheat the grill.  Sprinkle fish with salt & pepper inside and out.  Grill over high heat (on my grill) with lid closed for 6 minutes on side one carefully flip and cook 4 minutes on side two or until fish is cooked through (135* on the Thermapen).

Carefully remove fish from the grill, sprinkle with more chopped parsley and lemon slices to garnish, and serve  (I didn’t add garnishes).

For a side, I roasted some russet and red potatoes using the same herbs on the red ones as went in the fish and for the russets, some Wolfe Rub-Citrus, that I'd mixed up for my upcoming BBQ cook.

I liked both potatoes but the herbed one had more flavor as I expected it would.  One thing I learned about the potatoes – don’t cook them skin side down as it burns easily.

I split the trout in half for Madison and I and kept the lemon slices for my plated shot. 

I had to add a little more salt, but otherwise wouldn’t change a thing for the fish and would use the recipe again, hopefully with all fresh herbs - I added The Wicked Noodle to my reading list.

Madison’s eating habits are really strange, consisting mostly of cereal, BBQ, sweets, and fish, which is a big surprise.   She scarfed up the fish and potatoes like it was her last meal and after she was done, I let her know she liked trout (most folks in this family don’t like the stronger tasting fish so I didn't tell her ahead of time).  As can be seen from my previous posts, we ate plenty of fish while Bev was gone.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


4/15/13 meal date


  1. I think all teenagers have odd eating habits.. but at least she'll eat something other than cereal and sweets :)
    The fish sounds fantastic!! Love the simplicity of it, but I know it's packed with flavor.

  2. Larry, Great looking meal! It is amazing that Madison really likes fish. You can't get many kids to eat much seafood other than shrimp and fish sticks! Madison has you eating some healthy meals...since that's what she likes... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. My husband loves trout. I have a feeling we would all like this recipe.

  4. Looks delicious, Larry.. I love trout. My Daddy used to go fishing and on occasion ??? he'd bring home some fresh trout... YUM...

    Love your new blog look. I like it spread out like this MUCH better.

  5. We always eat fresh water trout when it's available. I never found it to be strong, but that may be because I usually only have it the same day it leaves the water - and have not had it in a while. Oh, well. You're doing a good job getting Madison to eat. Can you believe my littlest fussbudget doesn't like most sweets, brownies and chocolate cake with whipped cream instead of frosting being among the very few exceptions? Kids these days. Hmph.

  6. I am thinking if Madison enjoys fish that is an awesome thing...And enjoys BBQ too, where she has a good role model

    As always, fun post to read.


  7. Trout is one of my favorite fish but I've never grilled it as I thought I might have trouble with it sticking.


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