Healthy Trout Recipes

Find healthy, delicious trout recipes including grilled, pan-fried and baked trout. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Smoked Whitefish Salad

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Serve this chunky smoked whitefish salad from chef Judi Barsness on toasted crusty bread, on crackers or mounded over a bed of salad greens.

Trout Amandine

Trout Amandine is a classic French dish with a crunchy almond crust that's fried in a brown butter sauce. Our makeover version is baked instead of fried, and because the fillets are coated in buttermilk and breadcrumbs, you'll still enjoy a crispy and golden crust.

Steelhead Trout with Creamy Barley & Herb Salad

Steelhead and rainbow trout are the same species, but steelhead are anadromous, meaning that, like salmon, they migrate from the ocean to freshwater to spawn. Salmon and arctic char are a good substitute if you have trouble finding steelhead. The creamy barley the fish is served with has a texture similar to risotto, and toasting the grains before cooking gives the dish a nutty flavor. A knob of fresh horseradish is worth seeking out for this; it has a more nuanced flavor than jarred. Serve this healthy fish recipe with a glass of chenin blanc for an elegant and hearty dinner.

Pistachio-Crusted Baked Trout

Finely chopped pistachios take center stage in this baked fish recipe. Toasted seeds are mixed with the pistachios to create a fragrant and crunchy crust which nicely compliments the tender fish.

Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

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A simple lemon-dill mayonnaise adds a touch of sophistication to smoked trout on crackers.

Smoked Trout Salad

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The fast of Yom Kippur is often broken with smoked fish as in this trout salad. This easy dinner, which can be made ahead, is great for any night, holiday or not. Serve it on a bed of greens to dress it up and add a whole-grain bagel to make it a substantial meal.

Smoked Trout & Spinach Scrambled Eggs

Elevate plain-Jane scrambled eggs with smoked trout and fresh spinach in this healthy breakfast recipe.

Lemon-Glazed Trout

Quick-cooking fish fillets are an excellent choice for a speedy entree. Be sure to purchase skinless fillets so the coating sticks evenly. For a healthy meal, serve this lemon-glazed trout with wilted greens.

Protein Bistro Lunch Box

Inspired by Starbucks' bistro boxes, this affordable lunch is easy to make and pack yourself. With high-protein ingredients like a hard-boiled egg, edamame and tuna, this bistro-style lunch will leave you feeling satisfied.

Smoked Trout Spread

Creamy smoked trout spread on thin whole-grain crackers is a delicious appetizer, but serve it with an array of artfully arranged nibbles--ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumber slices and red onion--and you have an easy summer dinner. Pack it up and take it outdoors for a weeknight picnic. Serve with a baby arugula salad tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and a generous grinding of pepper.

Smoked Trout Salad with Herb & Horseradish Dressing

Smoked trout tops heart-shaped watercress and mixed greens tossed with creamy horseradish dressing in this protein-packed appetizer salad.

Smoked Trout, Potato & Arugula Salad

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In this healthy dinner salad recipe, tender new potatoes and baby arugula add a creamy texture and peppery flavor to the smokiness of the trout. You can hard-boil the eggs ahead of time, but if you cook them while you steam your potatoes, they'll still be a little warm when you serve the salad, which makes it extra special.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pan-Fried Trout

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Marinating stronger flavored fish like trout in buttermilk eliminates some of the fishy flavors. A quick turn in cornmeal makes a crunchy, crusty exterior.

Smoked Trout Hash with Mustard Greens

We've combined assertive mustard greens, smoky trout and crisped potatoes in this interpretation of a hash. If you prefer a milder green, substitute mature spinach or chard. Make it a Meal: Lay a Poached Egg on top and serve with sliced tomatoes and cracked pepper.

Smoked Trout & Cream Cheese Flagel

Smoked trout has a milder flavor than smoked salmon but still gives this flagel, aka flat bagel, a protein and omega-3 boost.