Grilled Trout Stuffed with Lemon and Herbs


This is a simple, flavorful way to grill almost any whole fish, with a 'stuffing' designed not to be eaten, but to flavor the fish from the inside out.

Grilled Trout Stuffed with Lemon and Herbs
Photo: Kim Cornelison
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
28 mins


  • 4 8-10 ounce fresh or frozen dressed rainbow trout or Coho salmon

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt or 1/2 tsp. salt

  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2 lemons

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano, thyme, and/or chives or 2 teaspoons dried oregano or thyme, crushed

  • 2 garlic, minced

  • 12 sprigs fresh oregano and/or thyme, and/or chive stems (omit if using dried herbs)


  1. Thaw fish if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Remove the heads of the trout if desired. Rub both sides of the fish lightly with the olive oil. Lay fish flesh-side up and sprinkle with the salt and pepper; set aside.

  2. Cut one of the lemons in half lengthwise, then cut each half into thin slices. Cut remaining lemon into wedges; set aside.

  3. In a small bowl stir together the snipped or dried herbs and the garlic. Sprinkle the flesh-side of each fish with the herb mixture. Arrange the lemon slices evenly on half of each side of the fish. Arrange herb sprigs over lemon slices. Squeeze one of the lemon wedges over fish. Fold unfilled side of fish over lemon slices and herbs.

  4. Grill the fish on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 8 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning once. Serve with remaining lemon wedges. Makes: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
16g Fat
6g Carbs
48g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 564mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 47.2mg 236%
Calcium 191.8mg 15%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 1113mg 24%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 8.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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