Grilled Herb Stuffed Wild Trout

Grilled Herb Stuffed Wild Trout

There are few dishes that I can think of that tastes better than fresh Oregon caught Grilled Herb Stuffed Wild Trout. Somehow, trout tastes better when you catch it yourself just like I did over the weekend.  Simply delicious!

Early morning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.  The air was cold, crisp and clean. We were the only people on the lake that day. Do you see the first snow of the season on the mountain?  There was one snow patch on the gravel road on the way up to the lake.  Once we saw the snow, we all knew that it was the last day of trout fishing for the year.  Within weeks or even days, access to this beautiful high mountain lake will be non existent due to snow covered roads.

Once we got out on the lake, the water looked like glass.  It was so cool to see the reflections of the clouds on the surface of the water.

A view of Mount McLoughlin from the north.  Mount McLoughlin is located in Southern Oregon in the Cascade Mountain Range.  It is a volcanic mountain peak nearly 9,500 feet in elevation.  I’ve never been to the top but, from what I have heard from others is that the view on a clear day is spectacular.  If there was anyone on the top of the mountain that day, they would not have been disappointed.

Fishing poles, check.  Fish finder, check.  Down rigger, check.  Beverages, check…  What a perfect day to go fishing!

It was early afternoon and the wind started to pick up.  Between the three of us, we had not caught a thing.  No bites, no bumps, no nothing.  I was starting to get a bit discouraged because I am used to catching fish.  What was so interesting, is that we observed numerous fish on the fish finder but the problem was that we had difficulty getting them to bite.  We trolled flashers, we bait fished, we tossed out a variety of lures, and we worked the surface of the lake.  We hit all depths and we threw everything that we had in our tackle boxes at them.  The fish simply were not interested.  I’m thinking it is because it was very late in the season and the water was really cold.  When the water is cold, the fish tend to slow down, they are not as hungry as they are in the summer months and in the winter, they descend into depths of the lake.  In the summer, different story.  You can catch the fish from the bank and at times have better luck than those who fish from a boat.

Finally… It happened.  It was a late bite.  By late afternoon, I was the first one to land a fish.  Woo-hoo!  By the end of the day the score was:  John – 2, Tessa – 1 and Matt – 0.  I felt bad for Matt, for he had a brand new fishing pole that he got for his birthday the day before.  Today was a perfect example of why fishing is called “fishing” and fishing is not called “catching”.

My catch of the day!  I am so glad that I did not get “skunked” and have to return home empty handed.  I probably would not have heard the end of it…

My Grilled Herb Stuffed Wild Trout is prepared with fresh caught trout, fresh picked herbs from my garden, and is brightly flavored with orange and lemon zest.  It’s easy to make, fresh tasting, quick to prepare, and most of all delicious!  Most importantly, Bruce loved it too!  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 pound trout (cleaned, scaled, head and fins removed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs (I used mostly parsley, then, chives and thyme)
  • 1 Tbs each lemon and orange zest
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges
  • fresh chopped herbs for garnish

Prepare trout for grilling.  Wash and pat dry.  Set aside.  Mix together herbs, lemon zest, orange zest and olive oil.  Fill cavity of fish with the herb mixture and on the exterior of the fish.  Add salt and pepper.  Place fish on plastic wrap, tightly cover and refrigerate for an hour.  Remove fish from plastic wrap and place directly on a medium high grill or barbecue.  Cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.  Don’t overcook!  Gently remove from grill, place on serving platter.  Garnish with herbs and serve with lemon wedges.  Serves 2.

24 thoughts on “Grilled Herb Stuffed Wild Trout

  1. CCU

    Freshly caught fish from one of the most clean and natural looking places ever – must have been incredible :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Uru! I can’t believe that it is only an hour away from my home. There are so many lakes and hiking trails. One of my favorite places to visit.

  2. Sissi

    Tessa, first of all, congratulations for the photos! The first one is stunningly beautiful and my favourite from your whole blog which has so many gorgeous photographs anyway! The trout looks so good, I almost want to cry because I haven’t had wild trout for more than ten years… Your post makes me long for fishing so much… I used to fish a lot as a child and miss it a lot. I agree that the fish we fish ourselves tastes the best.

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Sissi! I need to get out and fish more often. And, Sissi, so do you! My problem is finding the time. Even if I don’t catch anything, it’s still very relaxing.

    1. Tessa

      Hey Martyna! Thank you! I really enjoy visiting our local lakes and rivers. Being able to catch fish is just an added bonus!

  3. Raymund

    Nothing beats a fresh fish, I remember when I was in the Philippines when we go to the beach early morning we buy this fish direct from the fishermen who just came a shore. We then gut and clean it then grill right on the beach and it was so good, moist and juicy

    1. Tessa

      That sounds awesome! I can only imagine what kind of fish the fisherman brought back to shore. What a cool memory! Locally, we have salmon, steelhead, trout, bass and catfish. I can drive about 100 miles to the coast and get fresh fish there too.

  4. ?asuch w kuchni

    What a beautiful lake. What a beautiful site. And I imagine that such fresh fishes, straight from the lake are the best from the best. The trout must have been soooooo delicious :-D yum, yum :-D

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Joanna! Fresh caught fish is simply the best. And even better when the lake is as pristine as the one I was at.

  5. Claire

    What a stunning location to go fishing. The bright blue sky, snow cap mountains, – perfect!
    And nothing better than truly fresh fish, and what a simple way to cook them too. A lovely post!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Claire! It was so beautiful that day. I am so fortunate to have such a beautiful lake only an hour away from my home. And, even better, it’s not the only beautiful lake around. :). Thank you!

  6. mjskit

    What a delicious looking trout!!! Is that a brown trout? We use to catch those on backpacking trips. Nothing like eating a wild fish. Farm raised doesn’t come close! Looks like y’all had a wonderful weekend in spite of the fishing not being as good as you had hoped. Maybe next time.

    1. Tessa

      Hi MJ It’s a Lake Trout! First time that I have caught one… Usually we catch rainbows. Thank you and have a great week MJ!

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