Baked Whole Trout With Lemon And Dill

Baked whole trout recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
412 Calories
15g Fat
9g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 412
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 53g
Calcium 266mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rainbow trout, flavored primarily with dill weed and lemon, is baked whole in the oven. Once done, the fish releases easily from the bones.

Although a whole fish comes with the head and tail intact, your local fish market will scale and gut the fish for you, leaving a clean opening where you can add seasonings, fresh herbs, and slices of lemon.


  • 2 rainbow trout (about 1 pound each, scaled, gutted, and cleaned)
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (or to taste)
  • 1 ounce dill weed sprigs (4 to 6 sprigs)
  • Cooking spray
  • Pinch paprika (sweet Hungarian)
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for baked whole trout
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  2. Heat oven to 475 F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. Insert a flat baking rack into the pan.

    Line a baking pan
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  3. Rinse the exterior and interior of the fish under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

    Rinse exterior
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  4. Slice one of the lemons into rounds as thinly as you can with a sharp knife.

    Slice lemons
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  5. Lightly sprinkle the cavities of the fish with salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

    Sprinkle cavities of fish
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  6. Stuff 2 to 3 sprigs of the dill weed into the cavities of the trout and follow with half of the lemon slices.

    Put into cavities
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  7. Spray the entire skin of the fish with the cooking spray.

    Spray fish
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  8. Place fish on rack in the prepared pan. Spread remaining dill sprigs and lemon slices over the skin and top. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

    Place fish on rack
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  9. Pour wine down the side of the pan to coat the bottom under the rack.

    Pour wine
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  10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until fish flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork.

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  11. Present the whole fish on a platter for your guests to admire before carving to serve. The flesh and skin should easily separate from the carcass.

    Present whole fish on platter
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  12. To serve, sprinkle the fish fillets lightly with paprika. Garnish with remaining lemon, cut into wedges, and a dill sprig.

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  • Instead of filleting the fish in the kitchen before serving to your guests, present the fish whole at the table before you separate it into serving pieces for an impressive presentation.
  • If you can't find or don't care for trout, other varieties of whole fish can be substituted. 

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