Easy 20 Minute Oven Baked Trout Recipe

How to make oven baked trout stuffed with lemon and herbs. Jump to the Easy Oven Baked Trout Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

Baking trout in the oven is genius — especially when you do it in foil packets. With our recipe, dinner will be on the table in 20 minutes. You can’t beat that.

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How to Make Oven Baked Trout in 20 Minutes

It’s easy to find trout that is already cleaned and butterflied. By butterflied I mean that the fish is opened up down the middle, but still has the halves attached.

Buying the trout butterflied allows us to add a few fresh ingredients to the middle. In our recipe below, we add lemon slices and fresh herbs. You can also add thinly sliced garlic, onion, or greens (like spinach). For the packets, we use heavy duty foil. Parchment paper works, too.

How to Bake Trout in the Oven

The trout bakes in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Then when you’re ready to serve, you can slide the trout onto a plate and drizzle any juices leftover from cooking over the fish.

By the way, if you watch our video above, we show you how to fillet your trout once it has finished baking. It’s really easy — and I think, much easier than when the fish is raw.

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20 Minute Oven Baked Trout Recipe

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2009. Since posting this in 2009, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy 20 Minute Oven Baked Trout Recipe

  • PREP
  • COOK

Baking rainbow trout in foil packets helps the fish cook perfectly. While they bake, juices form at the bottom of the packet. This is delicious when spooned over the cooked trout when serving. Other ingredients to consider adding to the middle of the fish are thinly sliced garlic, onion, or greens (like spinach).

Makes 2 Servings

You Will Need

Olive oil

2 small rainbow trout, cleaned and butterflied (opened up with the halves still attached)

1 lemon, sliced

4 fresh parsley or dill sprigs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare Fish
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut two sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil that are larger than your fish.

    Place trout, skin side down, on each piece of foil. Lightly oil both sides with oil. Season both sides, inside and out, with salt and pepper. Place two parsley (or dill) sprigs and two lemon slices down the middle of each fish. Fold up the foil by grabbing at the edges and crimping together to make a packet.

    • Bake Fish
    • Place packets of fish onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, checking one packet after 10 minutes. The flesh should pull apart easily with a fork.

      Place each packet on a plate. Carefully open the foil packets — take care not to let the steam burn you. Slide the fish away from the packet and onto the plate and pour juices over it. Serve with more fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • If you do not have heavy duty foil, use two sheets of regular foil to make each packet.
  • How to Make Grilled Trout: Follow the directions in the recipe above to make each packet. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Place the packets over indirect heat. Grill 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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17 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Milton April 6, 2017, 9:48 pm

    I recently went from bass to trout fishing to change it up a bit. I caught my limit (7) and scaled, cleaned and took the bones out (the easy way) all at the stream I caught them. Scales free skin was left on since it’s also good to eat. I had tried pan frying them w/butter and seasoning them with salt, pepper, smoked hot paprika and lemon juice after cooking. Needless to say they were delicious! Today I tried your recipe but I didn’t have lemons so I used lemon juice. This one’s a keeper boys and girls! Can’t wait to catch, and eat more!

  • Tracy March 15, 2017, 2:08 pm

    OMG! I made exactly as sown and served it with Red Pepper Quinoa and shaved steamed Brussel Sprouts. To Die For! And the funniest part, I don’t like fish, lol.

  • D & D February 13, 2017, 8:45 am

    It was our first time to bake trout and this recipe was fantastic. We used cilantro as our herb and butter instead of olive oil. The trout was cooked perfectly following the instructions. We were told that the trout out of our town’s hatchery is too strong too eat…not true. Thanks! 5 stars.

  • Darlene December 15, 2016, 4:16 pm

    I used I can’t believe it’s not butter and old bay. Just as good and easy thank you

    • Robert Clark April 22, 2017, 6:07 pm

      It’s amazing with old Bay butter and lemon

  • Kendrick December 5, 2016, 5:26 pm

    Great recipe,

    It looks so easy to make but very delicious at the same time.
    I am going to cooking it on Sunday for my family.

    Thank You!

  • Clarence April 22, 2016, 12:36 am

    This was my first time making trout & this reciepe was simple but amazing. The trout came out so good.
    Thank you!

  • Sandy Madar December 8, 2015, 5:28 pm

    Fantastic recipe and yet so simple. The trout was so delicious. This recipe is a real keeper. Thanks!

    • Blah May 4, 2016, 6:34 pm

      I season/stuffing it outside and inside. Wrap tightly in heavy duty foil. 1′ is about 10-15 minutes on each side. Start with folded foil side down first and then flip. Cook longer if necessary. If your worried about the driping of fish oil/butter/etc., put a pan or foil or something underneath the foiled fish to catch the drippings.

  • Dustin E. September 1, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Hey awesome ideas! Nice to see a nice recipe for people also on a budget! Thanks again

  • Deanna July 22, 2015, 3:16 am

    What perfect timing. A new fish store opened in our area and we stopped in to see what they have. He showed us some fresh trout. He cleaned it (inside and out) and butterflied it for us. I had no idea what to do with them. Found your recipe and walla…..they are now in he oven with 13 minutes to go. Can’t wait to taste it.

    Looks great! Real gourmet and so simple to make.

    Thanks so much.

    I added a sprinkling of dill in and out of the fish.

  • chessie roberts May 18, 2014, 4:30 pm

    I did this recipe tonight. And it was amazing. My husband and my brother in law caught 16 fish so we had a full belly. Very good recipe. Thank you very much.

    • Joanne May 19, 2014, 10:46 am

      You are so lucky to have actually caught the fish yourself! We’re thrilled the recipe helped out 🙂

    • Ute June 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Had all ingredients at home; tastes delicious.

  • Michelle February 6, 2014, 2:27 pm

    My boyfriend fishes all the time. We have a freezer full of trout. Of course it is cleaned but he did not bother to cut the fillets out. This is how he usually cooks it too. It is very good but the beauty is you can also add a lot of other seasonings to it. Found one today where they suggested bay leaves and another where it was stuffed inside with onions and carrots and garlic. Think if you keep it fresh, the flavors on the brighter side, the better off you are. Hope you will try more Trout. Thanks for the recipe, I printed for my book since he never wrote his down. Now you get the credit. LOL

  • Evan March 4, 2011, 5:42 am

    Love the baked trout reciepe!

  • Ryan O October 10, 2009, 11:05 am

    Adam and Joanne,

    The trout sounds great, and surprisingly simple to make 🙂 Maybe one day I will try to make one of these recipes, but in the meantime, when are you making this for me!

    P.S. I am not surprised you didn’t want to clean the fish haha. That was a great tip though about asking the person behind the seafood counter to clean it for us.

    Looking forward to your next post !



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