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Best way to cook rainbow trout?

Hello fellow chowhounders.

I am making Rainbow trout tonight for my man. I am thinking about just using salt, pepper and olive oil and oven cooking. I like tasting the fish. Any recommendations on other ways to cook/season it without killing the flavor?

This Rainbow trout is USA farmed. Good thick cut. Small scales.


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  1. You can also pan fry on low heat with butter and lemon juice.

    1. I sometimes stuff the cavity with a few sprigs of fresh dill when oven baking as you describe. I don't use lemon juice with fresh water fish.

      1. Also not a big fan of citrus and freshwater fish.
        I do like herbs in the cavity,dill,tarragon,chinese celery or parsley are my usual choices.

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        1. re: lcool

          I like the idea of the fresh herbs. Thank you.

        2. Dredged in flour, sauteed in butter, nothing better....

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          1. re: KSlink

            The taste of trout is superb but delicate. I prefer to dredge in flour (for crisp skin) and pan fry in a neutral tasteless oil. And leave the tail on, 'cause when cooked crisp it is delicious.

            1. re: KSlink

              I dip in milk for 5 minutes, then dredge in seasoned flour and saute it on both sides. Can remove the skin and center bone after cooking.

            2. YEARS ago, when nephew was about 4-5, we went "fishing". Small-ish pojust teeming with trout... big enough to catch. Was a great outing for a little kid since he caught SEVERAL fish... ya paid by the fish! Kiinda gross, but he was enthralled when the heads kept moving after his Dad cut them off! Seem to remember, just S&P and into pan with butter/oil... and lemon to squeeze over.

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              1. re: kseiverd

                Thats a wonderful memory to have. I haven't fished much. That recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks!

              2. Grilled Japanese style (yakizakana, that is) of course! Salt on both sides quite heavily, and let sit for half an hour. Salt again, then grill for a few minutes on each side over a hot fire. Serve with a simple ponzu dipping sauce(start w/ equal parts lemon juice and shoyu and adjust to taste) and hot rice.

                1. Trout was in heavy rotation during fishing season when I was growing up. My favorite was the way my best friend's dad would do it. He put the whole trout (gutted) in a foil packet with a little butter and fresh dill. The packet went on the grill to cook but there is no reason it couldn't be done in the oven.

                  1. I don't find the flavor of rainbow trout to be all that delicate. IOW, you can do plenty with it and still have it taste like trout.

                    Last I had I stuffed with green bell pepper, capers and ... well something else, something oddball I don't remember right now. pan fry without flouring, altho I often will flour.

                    1. It also depends on how picky your dinner guests are .

                      I have had guests who are grossed out by the white eyeballs. (More fish for those of us who love it.)

                      Oven baking is simple, dependable and works for a crowd.

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                      1. re: shallots

                        If you can't stand the eyeballs, you don't get the cheeks!

                      2. Just to throw out another idea (not for a trout dinner) .... I've smoked trout over the years. Served cold on crackers as an app. Wonderful. Rainbows & Cutthroats are great smoked.

                        1. Fishing is my father's favorite thing, so we always have fresh rainbow trout, We like to bring a pot of water with fresh lemon juice to a rolling boil then add the fish for 6-7 minutes. Remove from water and gently remove fins and slice down the back. Two perfect fillets. Eat like that with s&p or fry in evoo plain, floured or an herbed flour dredge. Yummy.