Grilling Trout: Various Options for Maximum Enjoyment

Grilling trout on the charcoal or gas grill is very easy – here are the step-by-step instructions. Here’s what you should do to prepare:

  • Plan for one trout of around 300 to 350 grams per person.
  • Cut the side of the fish. This allows the heat to penetrate the inside of the fish and it cooks evenly.
  • For an intense taste experience, marinate the fish for several hours or overnight. Rosemary and garlic, for example, are well suited for the marinade, but other spices also refine the taste of your grilled trout.
  • You should continue to chill the fish well before grilling.

Then prepare the grill:

  • Rub the grid with a little oil so that the fish does not get stuck. Create different grilling zones (direct and indirect heat) to cook the fish at different temperatures. If you use a gas grill, controlling the temperature is very easy anyway.
  • When grilling, turn the fish as little as possible, ideally only once or twice.
  • The fish is done when the dorsal fin pulls out easily.
  • For an even more intense taste, brush the fish with a bunch of herbs and oil after grilling.
  • Enjoy!

Pro Tip: Use fish tongs that you can hold the fish in. Then turning is even easier and the fish does not fall apart.

Grilled trout in aluminum foil

  • You can grill the fish gently and succulently if you wrap it in aluminum foil.
  • Wash the trout thoroughly inside and out and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Season the inside and outside with salt and pepper.
  • Add some oil or butter to the fish and then seal the aluminum foil as tightly as possible.
  • The trout in the aluminum foil needs about 15 to 20 minutes on the grill to cook. Simply open one of the bagged fish and try the cooking test by trying to pull out the dorsal fin. If you can do that easily, the fish is done.

When grilling fish, note the following in general: Fish is quite sensitive, the meat quickly sticks to the grid, and if the temperature is too high, it dries out easily and falls apart. But with our tips, grilling trout, trout fillets and the like can still be quite easy. You can find out what types of trout there are and what is special about the salmon trout in our food knowledge.

For further inspiration when it comes to fish, we also recommend our recipes for trout meunière or smoked trout!

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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