Brown Butter Trout

Trout, butter, and lemon


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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
250 Calories
21g Fat
3g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 13g
Calcium 46mg 4%
*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.)

This simple lemon brown butter trout recipe really brings out the natural goodness of the fish. This classic trout recipe is simple to master and fast to make.


  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 4 (6-8 oz each) boneless trout fillets
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, and cook until it turns a light-brown color. Turn off the heat, allow to cool for about 5 minutes, and carefully whisk in the lemon juice.

  2. Preheat your broiler to high. Place the trout fillets on a sheet pan, flesh side up, and brush a teaspoon of the lemon brown butter on each fillet. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Broil about six inches from the flame for 5 minutes, or until done.

  3. Add the parsley to the sauce and whisk well. Serve the trout fillets immediately, with the butter sauce spooned over.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.