Easy Grilled Trout

Easy Grilled Trout

Trout is one of my favorite fish, and this grilled trout recipe is super simple. Many people are afraid to grill fish, but I’ll explain here how to grill a trout perfectly every single time.

This easy grilled trout recipe is meant to be, well…easy, so I’ve kept the seasonings simple. However if you have a favorite fish seasoning blend you like to use feel free to use that instead. Normally when I cook trout I do it Carpathian style in the oven, but for a grill I like to keep it more basic.

Easy Grilled Trout

seasoning the inside of the trout

The first thing to do is season the inside of the trout. If you have bought a cleaned/gutted fish then you can get right to work. If not you’ll have to gut your own fish. Not to worry though, just slice the belly from the head right down to the anal fins and pull everything out. Sprinkle some salt and pepper liberally inside the body cavity.

prepared whole trout for grilling

Next stuff some parsley and lemon wedges into the fish, then drizzle with olive oil. If you don’t like parsley feel free to leave it out, or replace it with some other green like rosemary or thyme. While this recipe is per fish, as you can see it is easy to scale up for however many guests you have!

seasoning a grill mat on an outdoor bbq

When you want to grill trout, or any fish for that matter, you want to do so with very high heat. But how to prevent the fish from sticking to the grill? I like to use these BBQ grill mats which can handle very high temperatures. Just throw them down and brush with a bit of oil. However, one important thing to keep in mind is how to clean flat top grills afterwards.

grilling trout on an outdoor grill

Place the fish right onto the mats and cook about 4-5 minutes a side with the grill cover opened. You can cook longer or shorter depending on how thick the trout is, but I find 4-5 minutes is good for a nice piece of fish. Of course, it is best to cook visually. If the inside doesn’t look cooked then give it more time.

If you have lots of trout, you make a simple fish salad which is a great way to use up leftovers the next day. Think tuna salad sandwiches, but instead of tuna you just use trout!

bbq grilled trout

You can serve grilled trout with a variety of options. I chose some yellow rice and cherry tomatoes because I was keeping it simple, but there are so many side dish options to choose. You can go with something light like a cucumber radish salad with homemade dill dressing, to something heavier like fried tostones.

bbq grilled trout

Easy Grilled Trout

This recipe for grilled trout is so easy you'll never be scared to cook fish on the bbq again.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, European
Servings 4 people
Calories 18 kcal


  • 1 Grill
  • 1 Grill Mat optional, but helps prevent sticking


  • 4 Trout cleaned and gutted
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper freshly cracked
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • Olive Oil


  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper inside each fish, then stuff with parsley and a couple lemon wedges. Drizzle the fish with olive oil.
  • Put your grill on the highest heat setting and lay down a BBQ safe grill mat. Brush some olive oil on top and sprinkle some salt right on the mat. This will help the fish to not stick while also flavoring the skin.
  • Lay down the fish on the grill / grill mat and sprinkle some more salt and pepper on the skin. Let cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the flesh goes white. Flip the fish and cook another 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove the fish and plate with your preferred side dishes. Enjoy!
Keyword Fish, Grill Recipes, Seafood, Trout
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