Enjoy the wonderful weather and roast with friends and family outside in the park or in the garden – it seems to us the perfect day. It is known that spring and summer time is a barbecue and we are already looking forward to it. We all know that juicy steaks and sausages are a must when cooking. But fish lovers also get their money, because fish also tastes good from the grill. In addition to salmon, trout are one of the most popular fish in Germany and are always a very special treat. Okay, but how long does trout last on the grill and what temperature would be optimal? Prepare your grill because in today’s article we’ll show you how to grill that perfect, juicy trout!
How long does a trout last on the grill?
Juicy inside and nice and crackling outside – that’s how the roasted trout should taste. But those who have no experience with it usually have worries about the preparation. How long does a trout last on the grill? Unfortunately, there is no general answer to this question and the grating time depends on the thickness of the fish and of course on the temperature. To ensure that the fish does not burn and does not stick to the grill, a temperature of about 160-180 degrees is ideal.
But here’s a little guideline: Whole trout, which are about 4 inches thick, need between 10 and 15 minutes on the grill. Fish fillets, on the other hand, are ready after about 7-8 minutes. Would you like to cook the trout perfectly? Then you can measure the core temperature at the thickest point with a thermometer. If the temperature is around 65 degrees, then you’ve done everything right. If all the meat is leaking protein, you’ve overcooked the fish.
Grill trout on the charcoal grill: It’s so easy!
Whether finely smoked, stuffed or wrapped in aluminum foil – the possibilities for grilling trout are endless and the fish always tastes good. But a lot can go wrong with the preparation, especially for novices to the grid. If the trout stays too long on the grill or the temperature is not optimal, even the freshest fish will become completely inedible. We don’t want that, do we? To alleviate your insecurities, below we explain how best to cook trout.
- For ultimate enjoyment, the fish should of course be fresh. The easiest way to identify fresh trout is with their red gills and clear eyes.
- Next, clean and scale the trout (you could of course buy pre-cooked trout to save you time).
- Wash the fish thoroughly inside and out under running water and dry with paper towels.
- Place trout on a cutting board and brush the skin with olive oil – this will prevent the fish from sticking to the grate.
- Season inside and out with salt and pepper and pour in a little lemon.
- Put some fresh herbs in the fannypack if you like.
- You now have two options for roasting the trout. You can either place the fish directly on the grill or use the so-called fish grill tongs.
- Very important – if you want to grill the trout on the grill, you need to thoroughly oil it with olive oil or a separatory spray first. Fish tongs, on the other hand, have the advantage that the fish does not crumble when it is turned, and is therefore ideal for grilling beginners.
- Depending on the thickness and size of the fish, vigorously grate for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, turning once halfway.
- Serve with dishes of your choice and you’re done – so quick and easy is roasting trout!
Can you roast the trout in aluminum foil?
Don’t you have tweezers and don’t want the fish to stick to the grill or fall apart? Thank you! In this case, you can simply grate the trout in aluminum foil! Aluminum foil is a great alternative, especially if you want to fill the fish with fresh herbs or cook a few vegetables at a time. And here’s how you manage on the perfect grilled trout in aluminum foil:
- Rinse the wipe and dry.
- Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. If you like, fill the trout with fresh herbs or lemon slices.
- Grease a large piece of aluminum foil with olive oil and place the fish in it.
- Gently press the aluminum foil closed and form a package.
- Place the bundle of aluminum foil on the grill.
- Depending on the thickness of the fish, the grill time is about 15-20 minutes.
- A little preparation tip: To make sure the trout doesn’t dry out and stay nice and juicy, make sure the aluminum foil bundles are tightly sealed on all sides.
Grate juicy trout on the gas grill
Have you treated yourself to a gas grill and want to know how to grill trout with it? In this case, you need to pay attention to the right temperature for optimal enjoyment. And here’s how you do it right:
- Preheat the gas grill to 400 degrees with direct heat.
- Wash trout and dry.
- Brush the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Then place the fish on the grill and close the lid.
- After 10 minutes, check if the trout have nice grating marks on the underside. If so – then turn once and grate for another 5-6 minutes on indirect heat and with the lid closed.
Stuffed trout from the grill
After explaining how to grill a trout, we have for you a delicious recipe that you should definitely try. Beautiful and crispy, full of flavor and only 370 calories per serving – this stuffed trout is the perfect summer treat.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- 4 trout, 250-300 grams each
- 200 grams baby spinach, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- 40 grams of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
- 60 grams of smoked ham, cut into small pieces
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the spinach, onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers and smoked ham in a bowl.
- Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- Rinse the trout and dry.
- Fill with the vegetable filling and brush the skin with the remaining olive oil.
- Now you can grill the trout in aluminum foil or use grill tongs.
- With the second variant, place the fish on the grill and grate it for about 8-10 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness.
- Garnish the roasted trout with fresh salad or dishes as desired and enjoy!