Steelhead trout is a prized game fish that is similar in profile to salmon but with a slightly more robust flavor. Like salmon, it is low in fat and calories but high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook steelhead trout in 3 different ways.

1. How to Cook Steelhead Trout in Oven


  • 2 (6 oz) steelhead trout fillets with skin
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut two 12-inch pieces of foil and place a fillet skin-side down in the center of each. Then season trout with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, mix butter and garlic then top each fillet with half the garlic butter mixture. Fold foil tightly around fish and crimp edges to seal.

Place packets on a baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes until flaky. Serve hot with opened foil packets.

The foil packets trap moisture and flavor for perfect steelhead every time. Kids and adults alike will love the rich garlic butter.

2. How to Cook Steelhead Trout on Stove


  • 2 (6 oz) steelhead trout fillets with skin
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Lemon wedges
  • Salt and pepper


Season fillets with salt and pepper on skin side.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter with garlic. When foamy, lay in fillets skin side down.

Cook 3-5 minutes without moving until skin is crispy and browned. Gently flip and cook 2 minutes more until fish flakes. Serve hot with lemon.

The buttery pan juices make a delicious sauce for the moist and flaky fillets. Enjoy with rice or roasted veggies.

3. How to Cook Steelhead Trout in Air Fryer


  • 2 (6 oz) steelhead trout fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges


Pat fillets dry and brush each side with oil. Season both sides well.

Place skin side down in air fryer basket not overlapping.

Air fry at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway, until skin is crispy and fish is opaque.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

The air fryer renders melt-in-your-mouth fish with a light, flaky texture. Try topping with favorite compound butters for extra richness.

In conclusion, steelhead trout lends itself to simple cooking methods that highlight its robust yet delicate flavor. Whether baked wrapped in foil, pan seared on the stovetop or air fried, these recipes deliver satisfying meals rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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