Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout is one of the easiest fish to cook on your grill.  My fishmonger always guts and cleans them for me so they are ready to be stuffed and then grilled.


This time when I bought this yummy fish they weighed about 1/2 to 3/4 lb. each.  A little on the small side as I like them to be about 1 pound.  I use my grill a lot during the summer – I try to minimize turning on my oven.  You can fix a veggie along with the trout and a salad on the side and there you have it no cooking inside!

For two ways to cook a whole rainbow trout in your oven see Rainbow Trout over Quinoa and Roasted Trout with Carrots and Zucchini.

Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout

  • rainbow trout, gutted and cleaned
  • olive oil to season
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • lemon thinly sliced for the stuffing and lemon medium sliced to place on the grill
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • sprigs of fresh dill and lemon thyme if you have it; of course you can use any herb you like such as mint and oregano or sage, parsley and rosemary

Rub the inside and outside with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Layer the inside with lemon and onion slices and place a sprig or two of  dill and thyme on top.  When the fish is bigger I like to tie it up with string to keep the stuffing inside and not outside when you flip the fish.  I did not with this fish as they were on the small side.  However, the head flew off when I did turn one, but that was okay LOL!

Preheat your grill to high.  Spray the grates with oil, place the medium size lemon slices down and place your fish on top of the lemon.  Turn the heat down and grill anywhere from 7 to 10 minutes on each side.  Cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

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19 thoughts on “Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout

  1. Juju, This is a beautifully prepared rainbow trout. Would you believe I was looking for trout in the market today and I couldn’t find it. I’m not much into fish, but I do love trout. 🙂


  2. Judi…this looks so beautiful. So professional… you are good, my friend… you are really good…
    I’m intimidated by this! I’ve always been intimidated…yet you make it look so easy. And so..SO delicious! I think I just might try it.. and that rice looks pretty amazing too.. ❤


    • Thanks so much Prudy! Rainbow trout are very easy to cook; just spice them up with seasonings of your choice and voila! Your confidence and the way you cook I cannot imagine anything would intimidate you – give it a try 🙂 P.S. with fish it is important to spray the grill with oil (and the fish), then use lemons as the base for your fish so the fish will not stick to the grill!


  3. Oh wow Judi, this is beautiful, just the way I like my fish…..WHOLE! I can well imagine what it must have tasted like when it was grilled. 🙂


  4. Trout is one of my favorite fish. Adding lemon and fresh herbs is all this delicate flavored fish needs…I’m sure yours was delicious.


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