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Easy Baked Trout Fillet Recipe

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This easy oven-baked trout recipe is so easy to pull together and results in the tastiest fish!

This tender and flavorful freshwater fish recipe is a stunner! It's topped with a phenomenal blend of spices and baked to tender perfection. It's perfect for a dinner party or a weeknight meal.

Baked trout with spices, chopped parsley, and sliced lemons.
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I suggest buying your trout from a fishmonger who can clean the fish and check it for any pin bones.

Trout can often be found in grocery stores - especially rainbow trout and lake trout.

Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you'll need to make this healthy meal.

A large trout fillet, spices on a white plate, a bowl of olive oil, and a brush.
  • Fresh Trout Fillet - for this recipe, you can use fresh lake trout (I used fresh Great Lakes trout) or Pacific trout (either rainbow trout fillets, steelhead trout, or cutthroat trout)
  • Olive Oil - you can use olive oil or any other oil of your choice, like avocado oil.
  • Seasonings - You'll make a spice blend with the following spices: smoked paprika, kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, ground black pepper, dried oregano, and cayenne pepper.

See the recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pat the trout dry with a paper towel and place trout skin side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Brush with the olive oil.

A trout fillet on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet.

Combine the paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, black pepper, oregano, and cayenne in a small bowl. Stir till combined.

Sprinkle the seasoning blend over the top of the trout and pat it in so it sticks.

A large trout fillet covered in spices.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the trout reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F and flakes apart.

A large piece of trout baked on a sheet pan.

Optional - top with chopped herbs like fresh dill or parsley.

Tips for Making this Recipe

Cooking Tips - I suggest using a rimmed sheet pan so there's no spillage from this fish into the oven.

Cooking Time - If you have smaller or thinner fillets, you may need less cooking time. You can check doneness with an instant-read thermometer. Trout should reach 145 degrees F at its thickest point.

Recommended Tools - Line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil to keep the fish from sticking to the pan.

Storage

The baked trout can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.

Substitutions & Variations

  • Fresh Herbs - top the fish with your favorite fresh herbs like parsley or dill or even with microgreens.
  • Heat Level - if you don't like spiciness, leave out the cayenne pepper.
A fork taking out a piece of trout from a fillet.

What to Serve with Trout

Trout has a bold flavor and pairs well with vegetable side dishes like the following:

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Yield: 4 servings

Baked Trout

A large piece of baked trout topped with chopped parsley next to lemon slices.

This delicious oven baked trout recipe is a great way to cook trout! It's bold flavor pairs perfectly with tasty spices.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds trout fillet
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pat the trout dry with paper towels and place skin side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Brush with the olive oil.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, black pepper, oregano, and cayenne. Stir till combined.
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning blend over the fish and pat it in so it sticks.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the trout reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F and flakes apart.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 51g

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