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Whole grilled rainbow trout with flavoured butter

June 3, 2010

Grilled trout with flavoured butter

I know that fish bones are a right pain in the ass BUT it is definitely worth cooking fish whole as the flavour is so much better.

The other day I popped into “Something Fishy” on Broughton Street to buy some fish and 2 beautiful whole trout caught my eye. They were super fresh with their eyes glistening apparently they had arrived in that morning.


I decided to grill them, namely because Euan (my brother-in-law) has still not arranged for the oven to be fixed!!!

When cooking fish I like to get a nice crisp skin and grilling fish helps crisp the skin up.


2 whole trout (1 per person)
Unsalted butter (softened)
Fresh Thyme (approx 1 tablespoon of leaves)
Handful of flat leaf parsley
Chili flakes (optional)
Maldon’s sea salt
Zest of 1 small unwaxed lemon (keep lemon)
Olive oil

Lemon zest and chopped Thyme

Finely chop thyme and parsley leaves and add to mortar and pestle with lemon zest, a large pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper.

Bash in mortar and pestle until oils are released from the leaves and the lemon. Add 2 table spoons of butter and mix through with 1/4 teaspoon of chili flakes.

Flavoured butter

Wash fish to remove any blood in cavity. Dry with kitchen towel and place on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil and brushed with a little olive oil.

Score flesh diagonally making sure not to cut through bones.


Rub some of the butter into the slits and smear some into the cavity.


Cut rings of lemon and also place inside the cavity.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Heat grill to high and once hot pop fish under grill for approx 5 – 8 mins (this totally depends on how big your fish is and how hot your grill is). I would check after 5 mins and see if the flesh on that side is cooked. Once it is cooked flip the fish over and cook the other side.

Grilled trout with flavoured butter

Serve with baby waxy boiled or steamed potatoes and some steamed broccoli with toasted almonds.

Make sure you spoon over the buttery sauce from the baking tray as this is absolutely delish. I served mine with the addition of salsa verdi (see recipe).

Grilled trout jersey royals broccoli and toasted almonds


By the way flavoured butter is fantastic on grilled meat, chicken fish, roast veg etc etc. You can add pretty much any herb, rosemary, parsley, basil. Garlic is great on meat, chicken and veg (not the best on fish it is a bit too overpowering). You can also add spices too. Pop a bit of rosemary, garlic and thyme butter onto of lamp chops or cutlets and grill. Fantastic!