Make this Grilled Steelhead Recipe the next time that you are craving fish fillets. This healthy meal is a great choice for enjoying a lean protein in the form of a simple recipe. You'll love the outdoorsy flavor of a grilled treat.
The flavor of this delicate fish is what continues to bring me back. I also enjoy the ease of this steelhead trout recipe. The grilling time is minimal, and the flavor of this large fillet is tender and delicious. I highly recommend that you head to the grocery store and buy up all the steelhead trout fillets possible - because you're going to be hooked on this easy recipe after making it just one time.
Inspired by my freshly caught Easy Whole Smoked Trout you can make this wonderful recipe any time of the year - because grilling time is anytime! You'll love the ease and flavor of this simple grilled fish recipe.
Speaking of fun flavors, be sure to check out my Smoked Fish Tacos. Flavorful and addictive.
Steelhead trout - Fresh fish is always best, but thawed frozen fish works.
How To Make This Grilled Steelhead Recipe
Step One: Season the delicious fish with spices of your choice or fresh herbs.
Step Two: Place the fish on the charcoal grill or gas grill to cook.
We recommend greasing the grill grates so the fish doesn't stick. You can spray them with a grilling spray before started the grill or brush on a little olive oil right before adding the trout.
Use any fish of your choice - The great thing about fish recipes is that you can use other types of fish easily. You can use salmon fillets or even grilled trout. If you want to grill a whole fish instead of a fish fillet, you can easily use this recipe to do that as well.
Grill the sides as well - If you have a grilling basket, use that for grilled garlic cloves of garlic, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, or anything else that you want to grill and enjoy.
Add citrus - Lime zest and lemon zest added to the rub will add a delicious flavor to the fish. You can also just serve with lemon slices and squeeze on a little lemon juice when serving.
Use different herbs - Fresh thyme, fresh cilantro, and even black pepper add a fun flavor to every bite. Fresh dill is also a great pairing with fresh garlic. Don't forget to add kosher salt for more taste, too.
What does steelhead taste like?
The first time that you try it, you'll notice that it has a little bit of a sweetness to it. This is why lime juice pairs so well with the flavor and fatty acids as it helps to balance it out. It has a similar flavor to salmon, but there is still a distinct difference.
Are steelhead a trout or a salmon?
There has actually been a long debate and many talking points about this. While they used to be thought of as part of the salmon family, it's now been shown that they're actually trout.
Does steelhead need to be fully cooked?
The best way to make sure that the trout is cooked all the way is to check the internal temperature of the meat. Seafood recipes need to be cooked all the way to be safe to eat, but you don't want to cook them too much or they become dry and rubbery. This is where an internal thermometer is key.
Place the probe into the fatty part of the meat. As long as the internal temperature reading is 140 degrees, the fish should be safe to move to indirect heat to stay warm until serving or remove and serve.
What side dishes pair well with fish?
The great thing about fish is that it's versatile. That means that you can pair it with carbs, starches, or cooked vegetables without issue. Baked sweet potatoes are a really nice pairing to the flavor of this fish because it's a fun, sweet taste to add.
If you want to stay away from the sweeter side dishes, grill up some asparagus or cook some green beans as an option. And lastly, side salads are a great pairing for just about any type of meal or fish.
Can I eat leftover steelhead?
Absolutely! Just be sure that you store the fish correctly so that it's fresh and delicious. Once the fish cools down, add any leftovers to an airtight and keep them stored in the fridge.
When you're ready to eat, you can reheat low and slow in a small saucepan on the stove, or use the microwave for a quick burst of heat.
Add a little bit of garlic butter on the top side of the fish to add flavor and make it juicy, or chop up the leftover fish and use them to make fish tacos.
You can also cook white rice and put the fish on top of that. Just drizzle a little bit of soy sauce and enjoy.
Grilled Steelhead Recipe
- Gas or Charcoal Grill
- 12 oz steelhead fillet
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- lemon slices to serve
- Preheat grill to medium.
- Season the fish with the paprika and salt.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes per side.
- The internal temp should be 145 in the thickest part.