Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here’s a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.
Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here's a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.

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An Unexpected Surprise

Last month one of our neighbors gave us some recently caught trout! The fish had already been cleaned professionally, packaged and frozen. Our friend mentioned that a relative gives him lots of trout, but he’s the only one in his family that likes it, so he has way too much in his freezer. Lucky for us, he decided to bless us with 5 of them!

These are the five beautiful trout we received from our friendly neighbor down the street! What an unexpected, lovely surprise! They had already been cleaned, prepped, and frozen, so all I needed to do was thaw them and cook them!

The trout have been cleaned, gutted, frozen, and packaged before we received them.

Discovering New Ways To Cook Trout

In the past, I have typically dredged whole trout in beaten egg and then covered the fish in a cornmeal spice mixture and pan-fried them. This time, my husband and I came up with a new way (to us) for cooking a couple of the trout on our grill.

Shown below are the two trout we decided to grill on our Weber BBQ the FIRST time. Sometimes I think the only reason I don’t think I will enjoy trout is because of the eyes… just look at ’em. **Shudders.** Once I get past that, I’m good. Kinda.

Two trout are ready to be stuffed and then grilled.

Prepare The Garlic Butter Grilled Trout For Cooking

Anyways, here is how to make this dish. Spread the minced garlic inside the cavity of each fish, and place 2-3 thin slices of butter in there, as well.

Minced garlic and thin slices of butter are added to the fish cavity.

Place a couple thin slices of fresh lemon into the cavity of each trout, on top of the butter. Rub both sides of the trout generously with olive oil or vegetable oil.

Thin lemon slices are added to the garlic and butter in the fish cavity.

Making Sure The Fish Won’t Stick To The Foil Is Important

Place a large sheet of aluminum foil onto a large baking sheet. The baking sheet will hold the weight of the fish, until you slide the foil and fish onto the bbq grill. Spray the aluminum foil very generously all over with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil, and then carefully transfer each stuffed trout onto the foil.

NOTE: Generously coating the foil with spray or oil is an important step, because you do not want the fish skin to stick to the foil as it cooks.

The trout is stuffed with garlic, lemon and butter before being grilled.

Two Methods For Cooking Garlic Butter Grilled Trout

There are two ways to cook the trout. My photos reflect method #1, but I will also explain how to cook via method #2. We’ve now cooked garlic butter grilled trout BOTH ways, with equally good results!

METHOD #1: Place the aluminum foil with both of the stuffed trout onto the grill grate directly over the hot coals. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, carefully transfer the trout off of the foil and directly onto the bbq grate. Cook 7 minutes (lid closed), and then flip to other side and cook for 7 more minutes (lid closed). Remove the fish from the grill.

METHOD #2: Do not stuff the trout before placing it on the bbq. Place generously oiled aluminum foil (one piece of foil for each trout) with the UNSTUFFED trout onto the grill grate, but NOT DIRECTLY over the hot coals. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook on indirect heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the garlic, butter and lemon to each fish cavity. Add a top layer of foil, and wrap up each of the fish in foil, sealing foil packets tightly. Let the fish cook for 15 minutes (lid on the grill), then remove the foil packets from the grill.

The garlic butter grilled trout, cooked on foil, directly over hot coals on the bbq.

After Grilling, But Before Eating

This is what the garlic butter grilled trout looked like (below) once we brought it into the house. These trout were cooked using Method #1, as described above.

Once the trout is fully cooked, open it up and slice all the way through the back of the fish, resulting in two pieces. Be sure and pull the bones out by lifting the bone section up and pulling it up and away form the fish. IMPORTANT! Trout is notorious for it’s small bones, so take care when eating, to ensure bones have been removed.

The fish skin is crisp, after removing it from the grill.

Time To Serve the Garlic Butter Grilled Trout!

After de-boning and removing the skin (it pulls right off), the garlic butter grilled trout fillets are ready to serve! Remember to keep an eye out for any sneaky, hideaway, tiny little bones…

The grilled trout, on a plate with side veggies, ready to eat.Garlic butter grilled trout fillet, served with a baked potato and asparagus.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout! It tastes really yummy! Hope you have a great day, friends, and remember to show kindness to those you share this journey of life with. Thanks for reading!

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Garlic Butter Grilled Trout
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Have an avid fisherman in the family? Here's a simple recipe for garlic butter grilled trout, with two methods given for preparing this fish on a BBQ.

Category: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter grilled trout
Servings: 4 (1/2 trout per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 307 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 trout , cleaned and gutted
  • teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (each Tablespoon cut into 3 thin slices)
  • 4 slices lemon (thin slices)
  • olive oil or vegetable oil , enough to brush on fish and coat aluminum foil
  • non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. METHOD #1: Spread the minced garlic onto the inside of each fish, and place 2-3 thin slices of butter into the cavity, as well. Place a couple thin slices of fresh lemon into the cavity of each trout, on top of the butter. Brush both sides of the trout generously with olive oil or vegetable oil. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil onto a large baking sheet (the baking sheet helps hold the fish until you slide the foil and fish onto the grill. Spray the aluminum foil very generously all over with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil, and then carefully transfer each stuffed trout onto the foil. Place the aluminum foil with the stuffed trout onto the grill grate directly over hot coals on the bbq. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, carefully transfer the trout off of the foil and directly onto the bbq grate. Cook 7 minutes (lid closed), then carefully flip trout to the other side and cook 7 more minutes (lid closed). Remove fish from grill. To serve: de-bone and skin the fish. Serve, and enjoy!

    NOTE: Generously coating the foil with spray or oil is an important step, because you do not want the fish skin to stick to the foil as it cooks.

  2. METHOD #2: Do not stuff the trout before placing it on the bbq. Place generously oiled aluminum foil (one piece of foil for each trout) with the UNSTUFFED trout onto the grill grate, but NOT DIRECTLY over the hot coals. Cover the BBQ, and let the trout cook on indirect heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add the garlic, butter and lemon to each fish cavity. Add a top layer of foil, and wrap up each of the fish in foil, sealing foil packets tightly. Let the fish cook for 15 minutes (lid on the grill), then remove the foil packets from the grill.

    NOTE: Generously coating the foil with spray or oil is an important step, because you do not want the fish skin to stick to the foil as it cooks.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Grilled Trout
Amount Per Serving (0.5 trout (half of 1 trout))
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 623mg18%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 272IU5%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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