How to Cook Trout With the Skin On

How to Cook Trout With the Skin On
Nothing tastes better than getting back home from a day of fishing and cooking the food you've caught. If you've come back with a stringer filled with trout, you're in for a good meal. No matter how you cook it, it's pretty easy--and you don't even have to remove the skin. You can fry, grill or broil your fresh catch and the skin won't cause a problem at all. Whatever method you choose to use, this could well end up being some of the best fish you've ever eaten. Discover a few tips for cooking your trout with the skin left on.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Cooking Trout

Things You’ll Need:
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Frying pan
  • Pan
  • Mayonnaise
  • Seasonings
  • Oil
  • Corn Meal
  • Flour
  • Lemon juice
  • Charcoal
Step 1
Clean your fish. Since you'll be leaving the skin on, you won't have to worry about removing it. Cut the head off and make a slit in the belly. Remove any guts from inside of the fish and wash the fish off. If you don't intend on cooking your fish right away, it's best to put it in a bowl of water and leave it in the refrigerator.
Step 2
Make an outside coating for your fish, if you plan on frying it. Place a mixture of half corn meal and half flour in a plastic bag. Add any seasonings you like to the flour mixture. Put your cleaned fish in the mixture and shake until well coated. Remove the fish from the bag and place on a plate.
Step 3
Fill your frying pan with approximately an inch of oil. Turn on the burner to medium high and allow the oil to heat up. You'll know it's ready when a drop of water is placed in it and the oil begins to pop.
Step 4
Place your fish in the pan. Turn your fish only once, since overturning can lead to tearing of your fish. It should take approximately 10 minutes for the trout to fully cook. The meat should become white, firm and flaky when it's ready to be pulled out of the oil. Drain your fish on paper towels.

Tips on Cooking Trout on a Grill

Step 1
Light your charcoal. You'll want your coals to be hot but not flaming when you put the fish on the grill. Clean the grill rack and spray some oil on it to keep the fish from sticking.
Step 2
Season your fish with any seasonings you desire. If you have oil or mayonnaise, you can spread some on the outside skin of the fish. This will not only make the fish more moist, it will help to prevent the fish from sticking to the grill.
Step 3
Place your fish on the grill once the coals are ready. It's not necessary to have the grill rack directly on coals to cook the fish.
Step 4
Turn your fish over once during the grilling process. If you turn the fish more often it will tear apart. It should only take about five minutes of cooking for each side if the grill is hot enough. You know your fish is ready when the meat becomes firm and flakes apart.

Tips on Cooking Trout in the Broiler

Step 1
Set your top oven rack about 4 inches from the heat element. Preheat your broiler. Spray you cooking pan with oil so the fish won't stick to the bottom.
Step 2
Season your fish with the desired seasonings and place on the broiler pan. Stick the pan into the oven so it can begin to cook. You can leave the oven door slightly ajar, if you desire.
Step 3
Cook your fish in the broiler for approximately 15 minutes. It's not necessary to turn your fish over when cooking it in the broiler. If you desire, you can pull the pan out of the oven and sprinkle some lemon juice on the fish halfway through the cooking process. Once the meat is firm, white and flaky, the fish is done.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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