A Quick Guide to Cooking Trout
Cooking trout can be simple and fun, as long as you follow these quick tips for cooking a delicious trout. One of the best things about cooking trout is how easy it is to prepare and cook. Another benefit is that trout is fairly cheap as fish goes. In fact, if you catch the trout yourself it’s free!
Besides being free and easy, trout is also good for you. Like most kinds of fish, trout is low on fat, high on protein, loaded with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and chock full of important vitamins and minerals. Best of all, trout is quite tasty, especially when it is cooked properly.
There are 3 basic ways of cooking trout: baking, grilling, and frying. Baking and grilling are the healthiest options because they add very little fat to the meal. Frying can be done in a frying pan or a deep fryer. Everyone has their preferences for how they like their trout. Don’t hesitate to try them all to find your favorite.
Trout Cooking Guide – Baking Trout
Baking trout is super simple and doesn’t take long at all. Follow these quick and easy steps and you will be enjoying your catch in no time:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Butterfly the trout before cooking.
3. Coat both sides of the trout with a light oil like canola.
4. Sprinkle on any spices you want to use. Lemon pepper is highly recommended.
5. Cook the trout for 20 to 25 minutes.
6. The trout is done when the fish easily flakes off with a fork.
Experiment with your spice flavors, but always use something that will enhance rather then overpower the fish. Trout does not have a strong flavor, so you will want to stay away from mixing it with anything that is overly bold.
Trout Cooking Guide – Grilling Trout
Grilling trout is also healthy and easy, and it is even faster than baking. This is the way campers cook their fresh trout catch of the day.
1. Let the coals burn down until they turn into white-hot ash.
Note: For gas grilling, set the temp at about 325 degrees F.
2. Coat both sides of the trout with a light cooking oil.
3. Add any spices, salt and pepper and put the trout on the grill.
4. If cooking trout filets, they will be done in about 8 minutes.
5. If cooking the whole trout, it will take a bit longer – about 12 minutes.
6. Flip the trout once after about 4 or 5 minutes.
Note: Use a thin spatula and be careful when flipping the trout because it is delicate.
7. The trout is done grilling when it firms up and easily flakes off with a fork.
Trout Cooking Guide – Frying Trout
Fried fish is a big hit, especially when the fish is freshly caught trout! If the trout is on the small side, it can easily be fried whole in a frying pan, but some people prefer the deep fryer.
1. Prepare the trout by cutting off the head and gutting it.
2. Next roll the trout in flour until it is completed coated.
Note: Add spices or cornmeal to the flour for extra flavoring.
3. Set the burner or deep fryer on medium to medium-high.
4. Once the pan or fryer is heated, put in the whole fish.
5. Frying should only take a few minutes.
6. The trout is ready when the skin turns a nice golden brown color and the meat can be flaked off with a fork.