Grilled river trout with pickled garlic sauce


“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”… This is an ancient Chinese proverb, which intention, and I am sure of that, was also teaching a man to grill the fish he caught. This way or another, I love grilling fish and today I am grilling a river trout!


Did you know that the trout is a “younger cousin” of salmon? Believe it or not, these two belong to the same family, despite the fact the trout swims in sweet water, and the salmon – in the sea.


Grilled, it produces the most succulent and divine fish, and to emphasise that I decided to match the trout with a marinade/dressing based on pickled garlic.

So, here we go:

  • 4-5 river trouts, gutted and cleaned properly
  • 1 small jar (1/2 lb) pickled garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful of finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp hot chili pepper flakes

The sauce preparation is very easy – just mix in the bowl the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, coriander, salt, cumin, black pepper and chili flakes and whisk until combined and emulsified. Once ready, reserve 1/4 of the sauce to serve with the fish and another 1/4 – for basting.

Place the fish in a deep dish big enough to hold it and pour the marinade on the fish. Turn to cover well and let stand, refrigerated, for about 1.5 – 2 hours.

Set up the grill for direct grilling on medium-high heat. Grilling time – 8-10 minutes per side, basting with the reserved sauce every 3-4 minutes.

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Enjoy! 🙂


2 comments on “Grilled river trout with pickled garlic sauce

  1. Beautiful! Just beautiful!!!!!!! Cheers! – Leah


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