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How To Make Breaded & Fried Rainbow Trout


So, you've caught a couple nice fish, cleaned them, filleted them, and now you're wondering how to cook them. There are many ways to cook trout, but I figured I'd share my attempt at breading and pan frying.


  • Italian bread crumbs (any dry crumbs should work) 
  • Garlic salt 
  • Lemon pepper 
  • Trout fillets 
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Step 1)

Heat 1/4 inch of oil on medium heat to 350 degrees in a large frying pan & get out a large plate or cutting board. Mix a generous helping of bread crumbs, garlic salt, and lemon pepper together on the plate/cutting board. Moisten the fillets in water, but you do not want them to be dripping wet (clumps up the bread crumbs). Coat multiple fillets at a time. After fillets have been coated let sit for 5 minutes before frying. Fillets should look like the picture below.

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Step 2)

Once the oil is heated carefully place the breaded fillets into the pan cooking multiple fillets at a time. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes apart. 4 minutes on each side seems a bit long for a common 12 inch trout fillet, try 2 or 3 minutes each side.

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All in all I would say that it turned out great! I think I will cook the fish a little bit less next time around, but it was very tasty. It's great as is, but you can also serve with lemon juice, white vinegar, or tartar sauce for a fish 'n' chips style flavor.

July 7th, 2012

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