Rainbow Trout for Dinner

Every homesteader, and many who aren’t, know that some of the best dinners are those that require the least amount of inputs.  Baking from scratch is one example.  This post is about our Rainbow Trout dinner last night and how it arrived at our table.

Friday afternoon and Saturday morning I went to our church’s annual men’s fishing trip.  This year they went to Alcova, WY.  It was quite a drive to get there but well worth it.  Snow flurries were flying as we donned our chest waders and got the rest of our fly fishing gear set up.

With little skill and much luck, I was able to hook and land this beauty:

It was a 21″ Rainbow Trout that weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz.  It must have taken ten minutes before the fish tired out and I could scoop it up with my net.  Sorry, exact location and the fly that worked are top secret.

Once I got home, I used the bed of my pickup truck as my workbench to clean the fish.  The marks you see on her now are from the ice cubes.

And here’s one more view of the fish before I went to work.


The opportunity to teach lessons is present in all that you do.  Here’s our son learning how to clean a trout.

Got everything out, now to trim it up a bit.  I preferred to keep the head on for cooking, but was outvoted.  To cut the head off, I hold the fish with its dorsal fin up and belly on the deck.  Slip your knife in right behind the forehead and basically cut an outline around the gills so that you retain as much of the meat as you can.

The two sides of the fish were laid out and we added salt, pepper, lemon slices, pats of butter and a few smashed garlic cloves.  We then took the upper piece and laid it back on top to make a sandwich of sorts.  In this picture you can also see the outline cut around the gills that I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Another piece of aluminum foil on top, crimp the edges and we’ve got a little packet so that the moisture doesn’t escape while cooking.  You could also use parchment paper.  At 400* it took 25 minutes.

Here’s a finished product.

And a peek inside.

Boy was this good!

Thanks, Robert.

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2 responses to “Rainbow Trout for Dinner

  1. How does one remove the mercury and dioxin?

    • Robert @ hisandhershomesteading

      Uncle Dave – I usually cleanse it with an industrial solvent, DHMO.

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