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This baked trout recipe is a quick and simple to prepare this tender fish, seasoned with lemon and fresh herbs!

Baked Rainbow Trout

Got a beautiful filet of trout and not sure how to cook it? Try this simple Baked Trout recipe! Pair this delicate fish with fresh garden herbs and zingy lemon juice, and bake it up in the oven. It comes out juicy and tender with only 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of baking time. Whip up a few easy side dishes and it’s a meal!

Ingredients for this baked trout recipe

Rainbow trout is fish that’s a member of the salmon family that has a mild, delicate flavor when cooked. The fish gets its name from its multi-colored scales, and the flesh can range from white to pink to orange. It’s a great option for people who don’t think they like fish or seafood! You can eat both the flesh and skin of the trout, depending on your preferences. Here’s what you’ll need for this baked trout recipe:

  • Skin-on rainbow trout fillets: fresh, or frozen and thawed
  • Olive oil & salt
  • Fresh herbs: we used chives and thyme, but you can use any herbs you like: basil, oregano, rosemary, etc
  • Lemon wedges
Baked Trout

How to make baked trout: basic overview

Baked trout is so simple: once you’ve made it once, you barely need a recipe! All you’ll need to know are approximate seasoning quantities, cook time and fish temperature. Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season both sides with salt and pepper. Pat the fish dry first, then season liberally with salt and pepper on the flesh and skin sides.
  • Place in a baking dish and sprinkle with herbs. Brush the baking dish with olive oil, then add the filets. Sprinkle with a bit of chopped herbs.
  • Cook uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes until the fish is opaque and flaky. The internal temperature should be 140 degrees Fahrenheit when measured at the thickest part of the fish.

Ways to serve it

This baked trout recipe tastes great on its own, but you can add a dipping sauce or drizzle to step it up. Here are a few ideas for sauces:

Baked Trout Recipe

Tips for buying rainbow trout

Is rainbow trout a sustainable fish? The vast quantity of rainbow trout available to buy is farm raised, so you’ll want to look for responsibly farmed trout. Here’s what Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommends when it comes to trout:

  • Rainbow trout farmed in the U.S. in freshwater net pens is a Best Choice.
  • Avoid rainbow trout farmed in Colombia in freshwater net pens.
  • Look for fish from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms.

More fish recipes

Fish is a great choice for easy, healthy dinners! Here are a few more fish recipes to try:

This baked trout recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Baked Rainbow Trout

Easy Baked Trout

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This baked trout recipe is a quick and simple to prepare this tender fish, seasoned with lemon and fresh herbs!


  • 1 pound rainbow trout filets
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (like chives and thyme), plus 1 teaspoon to garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pat the trout filets dry with a paper towel and season on both sides with salt and pepper (both the skin and flesh sides).
  3. Brush a bit of olive oil on the bottom of a baking dish and then place the filets in the dish, skin side down. Sprinkle the fresh herbs over the top of the fish. Cook uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes until opaque and flaky (or the internal temperature is 140 degrees Fahrenheit).
  4. Remove from the oven and serve immediately, spritzed with the juice from the lemon wedges.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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