Grilled Trout: Tarragon and Lemon

Grilled trout over an open flame could not be easier to cook and lets face it, fish cooked over an open flame is a thing of great beauty.

Grilled trout over an open flame could not be easier to cook and lets face it, fish cooked over an open flame is a thing of great beauty.

Well my grilled trout recipe represents a bug change in cooking for me this summer, I went out to purchase some picture hooks with my wife on Friday last week and ended up coming home with a new barbecue.

As far as I am concerned fish is my idea of heaven when cooked on a grill so had to hunt down some fish to christen it. What I really wanted was mackerel but could not find any so plumped for some grilled trout dug out of our local river/lake (its’s complicated).

It is frightfully expensive out here but is well worth it as far as I am concerned.

Grilled trout over an open flame could not be easier to cook and lets face it, fish cooked over an open flame is a thing of great beauty.

I have not cooked on a grill in the garden since November 2008, a date burned into my mind!

It was our first year in Hungary and we had a lot of work to do on our house, so we had no kitchen until very late in the year and cooking on a grill in the garden in temperatures as low as -10Β°c during the day kinda killed the fun for me.

But we have been talking tenuously about getting something new for about a year or so but never got round to it, but I am so glad I did.

It is wonderful to be able to spend time in the garden with a beer rather than in the kitchen, I will be cooking like this a lot over the coming months and most of these recipes are tried and tested on the cooker but I hope you enjoy my journey in translating them to the grill.

Grilled trout over an open flame could not be easier to cook and lets face it, fish cooked over an open flame is a thing of great beauty.
Grilled Trout: Tarragon and Lemon

Grilled Trout: Tarragon and Lemon

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Grilled trout over an open flame could not be easier to cook and lets face it, fish cooked over an open flame is a thing of great beauty.

Ingredients

  • 2 Trout
  • 1 Whole Lemon, If your lemons are small use two cut into half and then into 2 wedges and then slice the other half
  • Tarragon, A good fist full!
  • Sea Salt, A good pinch
  • Freshly ground Pepper
  • 12 Asparagus, Optional
  • 12 Radish, Optional

Instructions

  1. Begin with your fresh trout and season the cavity with salt and pepper.
  2. Then stuff the cavity with some slices of lemon and then pack in lots of tarragon, don't be mean this is all about flavour so stuff as much of that aniseed goodness as you can get in there.
  3. I like to use fish holders when I cook fish on a bbq, it allows me to stuff more and flip easier although this is not required.
  4. Now make sure that you brush a little oil on the grill before you begin to cook to prevent the fish from sticking.
  5. Now add the fish and cook, it should take between 5-7 minutes each side.
  6. If you are adding the asparagus and radish grill them off for a couple of minutes moving the asparagus to griddle all sides.

Notes

I served this with the last of our asparagus harvest and some radishes, simply grilled for a few minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 247 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 149mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 4g Protein: 26g

Readers Comments

10 thoughts on “Grilled Trout: Tarragon and Lemon”

    • I have no idea I am afraid Nancy, it would have been a store somewhere here in Rural Hungary… Try searching for BBQ Fish Basket or Grill Fish Basket in your local online market. I believe they are pretty common.

  1. That must have taken the fun away when it was a chore instead of fun all those years ago in Hungary. I am glad you can enjoy grilling again and the trout must have tasted awesome.

    • It certainly did, there is nothing to put you off grilling than having to do it in freezing rain in November to eat breakfast πŸ˜‰

  2. Oh boy, I’m crashing the party next time! This looks so tasty! Simple and fresh are the way to go. I love, love, love that you used tarragon! I think it is an underused herb. With that said, I have yet to throw it into a fish recipe so thanks for a great one!!

    • lol, I love tarragon with fish, it has that whole aniseed flavour that I find works so well with white fish, so fennel, Noilly Prat and chervil are also all favourites of mine.

  3. LOL, we might end up doing the same. We have a built-in barbecue but the iron bars and the ashtray below are melting away from too much use. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the right measurement so we need to custom make them, that is why we are procrastinating. So we take chances and one of those days all the ashed will fall on our feet. I love this trout recipe, I will try it next weekend

  4. Love the new grill! Excited to see your future grilling recipes, I’m not much of a griller, but may have to make it my task to learn that this summer! haha. I know the fish was amazing, there’s nothing better than a good piece of grilled fish πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Whitney… I’m sharing a bit of a learning experience, it is a long time since I have cooked on a grill but it has become a bit of an obsession and am out in the garden cooking 3-4 days a week. The fish is amazing, I am now trying to work out who I have to hurt and how far I have to travel to get some fresh Mackerel πŸ˜€

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