Very easy and tasty recipe I invented one day with ingredients on hand, for fresh rainbow trout (farmed or wild) that my family loves. It takes very little time and is much lighter than ocean fish. I use whole fish you can buy already gutted from the supermarket, with heads and tails still on. Make sure you pick trout that are really, really fresh. I find the dish doesn't even need lemon slices but you can use them if you like. The key is to remember to add the water to the dish as instructed in directions, which keeps fish from drying out. Serve with rice and veggies. Light and delicious. Be careful of bones! Make sure to add hot water to the dish; cold water can crack the baking dish.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with about 1 teaspoon olive oil.

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  • Place trout in the prepared baking dish and coat with remaining olive oil. Season the inside and outside of fish with dill, thyme, and salt. Stuff each fish with onion slices; grind pepper over the top. Place 1 lemon slice on each fish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes; add water to dish. Continue baking until fish flake easily with a fork, about 10 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

If you use mixed peppercorns it's more flavorful, but fine if you only have black ones.

If you can't stand to look at fish heads, you can remove head beforehand.

You can use up leftovers the next day as a fish salad with mayonnaise and mustard.

Nutrition Facts

373 calories; 54.2 g protein; 1.5 g carbohydrates; 162.5 mg cholesterol; 158.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2014
I made this tonight with rainbow trout and it turned out beautifully in the end. I would recommend NOT using a glass dish, but to cook it in metal. When we added the little bit of water to the pyrex dish (as instructed), the entire pyrex dish shattered in our oven. I should have known better with water and glass, but trusted the recipe. Thankfully, the fish was saved and we finished cooking it in a metal roasting pan. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/13/2015
We used Pyrex baking dish, but when we added the water, it shattered the dish. Use a metal pan. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2014
I made this tonight with rainbow trout and it turned out beautifully in the end. I would recommend NOT using a glass dish, but to cook it in metal. When we added the little bit of water to the pyrex dish (as instructed), the entire pyrex dish shattered in our oven. I should have known better with water and glass, but trusted the recipe. Thankfully, the fish was saved and we finished cooking it in a metal roasting pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2014
extremely simple recipe & came out perfect. my mom loves it & she's a total health nut!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2014
very simple and the fish turned out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2014
I posted this recipe and was sorry to read someone shattered their pyrex dish adding water! I know what this is like as my hubby did the same once with a totally different dish. I had no problem because I added Hot water, which maybe I should have mentioned, but for safety reasons if you prefer a metal pan that's a good idea. Glad people are enjoying this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2016
and very flavorful! I used a sheet pan lined with non-stick foil. After basting with olive oil I placed lemon slices in and on the trout. After baking 10 minutes I turned the trout over and baked for 10 minutes. I did not add any water. The result is delicious moist trout. Enjoy! Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2015
Simple and delicious. I used a mixture of fresh herbs from my garden which added flavor and lightness. Onions, lemon, salt and pepper and you're done! The serving size seems wrong tho. My husband and I can eat a fish apiece (he could probably eat more) so cannot imagine two fish feeding six people - even little munchkins! I would allocate a fish per person for adults. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/13/2015
We used Pyrex baking dish, but when we added the water, it shattered the dish. Use a metal pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2018
excellent Rainbow Trout.! just an FYI, all Pyrex is not alike. The original Pyrex laboratory glass/kitchen glass was Boro-Silicate. the same product now is soda glass. it is not nearly as resilient in terms of hot/cold. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2015
I added some salt and some fresh lemon juice. It was very good. Read More
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