The Rocky Mountains are known as a prime fishing destination, and as such, rainbow trout is often on the menu in Colorado, whether that's at a restaurant, in homes, or at campsites.  This easy, classic Pan Fried Trout recipe makes a delicious, quick dinner of store-bought or fresh caught rainbow trout by lightly dredging it in seasoned flour then quickly searing it in a hot skillet with a little butter. 
Pan Fried Trout
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

The Rocky Mountains are known as a prime fishing destination, and as such, rainbow trout is often on the menu in Colorado, whether that's at a restaurant, in homes, or at campsites.  This easy, classic Pan Fried Trout recipe makes a delicious, quick dinner of store-bought or fresh caught rainbow trout by lightly dredging it in seasoned flour then quickly searing it in a hot skillet with a little butter. 

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pan fried trout, rainbow trout
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 644 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
  • 4 butterflied trout, beheaded, scaled, and pinbones removed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. Pat the filleted fish dry with paper towels.  In a shallow pan, combine the flour, salt and pepper.  Dredge the trout in the flour by pressing it down on both sides and shaking off the excess flour.  

  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet or other nonstick pan over medium high heat and melt the butter in it.  Add the olive oil, then when hot, lay the trout fillets skin side down in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes.  Carefully flip with a thin, wide spatula and cook on the other side for another 3-5 minutes until golden brown, nearly opaque and the fish flakes easily with a fork.   Don't overcook the fish! 

  3. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over the top of the pan fried trout.

Recipe Notes

Depending on the size of the trout, you may want 1 whole trout person, or less if they are particularly large.

Nutrition Facts
Pan Fried Trout
Amount Per Serving
Calories 644 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Potassium 1227mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Protein 71g 142%
Vitamin A 7.4%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 14.6%
Iron 30.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.