Fish and Dish Your Own Trout

Back in February, the Nevada Department of Wildlife stocked the Truckee River with several thousand trout. We all know that having fish in our diet can be great for our health, so if you’re planning on catching trout down at the Truckee River this weekend, here’s an easy recipe for preparing and grilling it.

How to Prep Trout

If this is your first time prepping freshly caught trout, it can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry. We’ve outlined how to prep trout, but there are also great videos, like this one, that give you instruction on how to prep trout for cooking. If you have a friend or family member who’s experienced in prepping trout, ask them to help.

To prepare the trout for cooking, you’ll have to gut it and clean it. It’s optional, but the first step is to cut off the head and tail. Then you need to remove the insides. Cut along the bottom of the fish and remove the insides and bones. After, give the fish a thorough washing.

To fillet the fish, run your knife along the bottom center of the trout. Wash the trout again and make sure there are no small bones still hanging around.

How to Grill Trout

Make sure you’ve got your grill heating. Next, go find some tinfoil, because this will be your cooking vessel.

What spices are best for trout? It depends on your taste. We’ve learned that sometimes keeping things simple result in great food, so for this recipe, let’s go with softened butter, salt, pepper, and lemon.

*Easy Barbecued Trout

1 piece tinfoil, about 18 inches, or enough to cover 2 pieces of trout

Juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons softened butter

Fresh minced parsley, optional

  1. Lay out the tinfoil on the counter. Make sure the fish is washed and pat dry before laying in the middle of the tinfoil.
  2. Take softened butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and in a small bowl, combine them. (Sprinkle on minced fresh parsley if using.)
  3. Spread onto trout.
  4. Cover trout with tinfoil, but make sure to not cover it too tightly. Crimp the top together, but loosely.
  5. Place on grill over medium-high heat, and cook about 15 minutes, or until fork tender.

How to Tell When Trout is Done

In case you have any question on how to tell when trout is done, the USTFA (United States Trout Fishing Association) says trout is thoroughly cooked when it is fork tender and moist. To check, grab a fork. If the trout flakes easily, then it’s done. Get more trout information here.

*The recipe is for two pieces of trout. Simply double the recipe for every two added pieces of trout.