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Baked Whole Trout Recipe


Trout with fresh dill, lemon and almonds
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This is so ridiculously easy that it doesn't even really need a recipe. Rainbow trout is baked whole in the oven. It is flavored primarily with dill weed and lemon. Once done, the fish releases easily from the bones. Do present the fish whole at the table before you separate it into serving pieces. It just looks so cool right out of the oven. Best yet, it is virtually fat-free. Other varieties of fish are easily substituted.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 whole rainbow trout fish, about 1 pound each (See Notes)
  • 2 lemons, divided use
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • 1 ounce fresh dill weed sprigs
  • Butter-flavored vegetable oil spray
  • Sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 cup white wine


Preheat oven to 475 F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. Insert a flat baking rack into the pan.

Rinse the fish under cold water and pat dry. Slice one of the lemons into rounds as thin as you can with a sharp knife.

Lightly sprinkle the cavities of the fish with salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stuff 2 to 3 sprigs of the dill weed into the cavities of the trout and follow with half of the lemon slices.

Spray the entire skin of the fish with the butter vegetable oil. Place on rack in the prepared pan. Spread dill sprigs over the skin and top with remaining lemon slices. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Pour wine down the side of the pan to coat the bottom under the rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Present the whole fish on a platter for your guests to admire before dividing to serve. The flesh and skin should easily separate from the carcass. To serve, sprinkle the fish filets lightly with paprika. Garnish with remaining lemon, cut into wedges, and a dill sprig.

Yield: 4 servings

Notes: Other varieties of fish are easily substituted. Adjust the baking time up or down according to the thickness of the fish.
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