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Steelhead Trout with Garlic Herb Butter

Steelhead Trout with Garlic Herb Butter

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Have you ever had Steelhead Trout? It’s a gorgeous fish that looks very much like salmon, but it’s actually Trout.

What is Steelhead Trout?

Steelhead Trout are essentially rainbow trout that venture out into the ocean. When they venture into the ocean, they become much larger, and change color. This makes their fillets look very, very similar to salmon. It’s very easy to mistake them for salmon at the grocery store if you’re not looking at the label!

This fish has a similar texture to salmon, but in my opinion is a little less fishy. This is a great fish for new fish-eaters.

And when Steelhead is topped with garlic herb butter, it is out of this world!

I was so excited about this lemon herb butter.

I’ve been growing a big garden this year, and there’s nothing that makes me happier every day than my daily harvest.

Every morning, I enjoy coffee while harvesting herbs and vegetables for the day. The garden has really inspired a lot of dishes in the kitchen this summer.

Garlic Herb Butter

So when I had an abundance of basil, Italian parsley, and oregano, I immediately thought of making a garlic herb butter.

Fresh herbs + garlic + butter. What could be better?

It’s super easy – just let half a stick of butter come to room temp, and add the garlic and chopped herbs. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, then generously spread over the Steelhead.

I also paired this recipe with gifted wine from Coast Wine House in Dublin, OH. The Bisci “Verdicchi di Matelica” 2018. The wine was perfect with the fish – it was light, dry, citrusy, and complex.

This Steelhead Trout with Garlic Herb Butter is perfect for a relaxing Italian night at home! I hope you enjoy.

Steelhead Trout with Garlic Herb Butter

Steelhead Trout with Garlic Herb Butter Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick softened butter
  • Small handful basil, oregano, and Italian parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 whole Steelhead Trout filet
  • Lemon slices


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make your garlic butter. Chop your herbs and mix with the butter and garlic. Stir well and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Lay Steelhead fillet on a lined baking sheet. Spread the herb butter all over the fish, coating evenly. Top fish with lemon slices.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until done to your liking. 

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