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Grilled Trout with Fresh Herbs, Garlic and Lemon

It’s easy to cook up whole grilled trout once you know how. This recipe for grilled trout uses fresh herbs, garlic and lemon. Delicious and simple!

Grilled fish with lemon and spices

The beach…a three-hour canoe trip down the river…boating through four of the 22 connecting lakes that make up the Waupaca Chain o’ Lakes. Hanging out with my family and seeing old friends (some I hadn’t seen since high school!). And, of course, trout fishing…which means delicious grilled trout. Yep, that pretty much sums up my trip home to Wisconsin this year!

When I was a teenager I couldn’t wait to get out of there. At nineteen, I actually left, moving to CA then briefly to MI, back to CA for another fourteen years, across the states to MD and finally, happily, to Northern Virginia. And now, in my late twenties (ahem…yeah, right!!), I’ve found that Waupaca, Wisconsin is now one of my all-time favorite places to visit.

Our first day there, my parents wanted to take the girls fishing at a trout farm they’d discovered just outside Waupaca. It was a beautiful place with more trout than we could possibly catch eat during our entire visit. Not exactly sport fishing, but a blast for two little girls who had never fished in their lives.

We were given very long cane poles with fresh corn for bait. A small cupful of what looked like rabbit feed to toss out to get the trout in a feeding frenzy, then toss in the bait. The corn didn’t seem to be as appealing to the fish as the feed, but that actually made it more fun since it wasn’t too easy for the girls (nice to at least have the illusion of sport!).

We took five trout home in all, two of which were pretty large. I’d never grilled trout before and I was excited to try. The owner of the trout farm – an extremely nice guy who went out of his way to make sure we had a good time – gave us a complimentary booklet of recipes. Score!

I went with the grilled trout recipe that recommended we use whole trout, and it was pretty fabulous. Of course, garlic, lemon and fresh herbs have a way of making everything taste pretty awesome. I was admittedly a little heebed out (<——- real word) eating the grilled trout whole (I have a weird thing about my food having eyeballs), but it tasted delicious enough that I found a way to work it out! ;-)

Here are a few pictures from our fun day!

trout fishing

papa showing kylie how to fish

nana watching the fun

katie just wanted to feed them

nana made us a picnic

don’t forget the cheese curds!

headed for the outhouse…

…nope, not going in there!


back at nana’s with auntie kelly, waiting to eat all our “hard work”!

If you’re in the area and would like to visit the farm, please call
Wilderness Springs Trout Farm at (920)982-2386.


Whole Grilled Trout with Fresh Herbs, Garlic and Lemon

Whole Grilled Trout with Fresh Herbs, Garlic and Lemon

Yield: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

This recipe works best with a whole fish because you will want to place all the herbs inside of it. This recipe is for 2 trout, a pound each, so adjust the amounts accordingly.


  • 2 T. fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. fresh basil, minced
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t. kosher salt
  • 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon slices, about 2-3 slices per fish


  1. Mix together the herbs and garlic. Spread evenly inside the trout; add lemon slices (two or three per fish, depending on size). Cover and refrigerate at least two hours.
  2. Oil cooking grate and preheat grill. Sprinkle fish with salt & pepper. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side over medium heat or until fish is cooked through (our larger fish took a good fifteen minutes, so use your good judgement). Carefully remove fish from grill, sprinkle with more chopped parsley and lemon slices to garnish, and serve!


Note: If you have any fish left over, the meat from the bones and store meat in a container in the fridge (discard bones).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 728mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 68g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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