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Baked Trout Garnished with Herbs

Baked Trout Fillet

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This oven-baked trout is an easy, healthy recipe that takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Serve the trout with veggies and rice or your favorite side dish, and you have a restaurant-quality meal right at home!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 lb trout fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 thinly sliced onion
  • 2 lemons, 1 sliced into rounds, 1 for wedges
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Parsley or other fresh herbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thinly slice the onion and 1 lemon. Cut the other lemon into wedges, and set aside.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil (if using foil, lightly coat it with cooking spray).
  4. Place the fish fillets skin side down on the parchment paper or foil. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Mix salt, black pepper, and garlic powder (or any other seasonings you like) in a small bowl. Season the fish to taste.
  7. Top with thinly sliced onion (optional).
  8. Squeeze lemon juice over the fillets and top with lemon slices.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through. This cooking time is based on 1/2 lb. fillets. You may need to adjust the time up or down if your fillets are larger or smaller.
  10. Trout is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, the fish flakes easily with a fork, and the meat is opaque. Fish is very easy to overcook, so be sure to keep an eye on it! 
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh dill. Dried herbs work great as well. Serve with lemon wedges for an extra squeeze of citrus flavor.
  12. That’s it! Enjoy this simple and tasty rainbow trout recipe!


  • We used rainbow trout for this recipe, but the cooking methods and seasonings work well for any other kind of trout or salmon.
  • If you don’t have access to fresh-caught trout, you can also buy it in stores—you might find it at the meat counter, but you may need to look in the freezer section. Fresh or frozen salmon fillets are a great substitute.
  • Fish is very easy to overcook so be sure to keep an eye on it!
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 fillet
  • Calories: 181
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Sodium: 1207.5 mg
  • Fat: 7.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 66.9 mg
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