Steelhead Trout Baked with Honey or Maple Glaze

Heather says:

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be trying to increase the amount and variety of fish we eat. This week I decided to try out steelhead trout. Looking at the picture, you may think to yourself, Heather has gone off her rocker (again) that looks just like salmon. There’s a reason for that, steelhead is an anadromous trout, it migrates from salt to fresh water to spawn. Unlike salmon it doesn’t die after spawning and can hightail it back to sea¹. And you thought you wouldn’t learn anything today.

With the two kinds of fish, salmon and steelhead trout being so similar any recipe for salmon can be used for this fish. I decided to go with a sweet, but garlicky glaze.



Steelhead Trout with Honey Glaze

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 TBSP honey or maple syrup
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar (feel free to experiment with other types like cider)
  • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 2 TBSP Soy sauce

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Whisk in the ingredients.

Place the fish in the center of a rectangle of foil. Pour the glaze over the fish and fold the packet around the fish.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. (This essentially allows the fish to marinate). If you’re in a big hurry, start the oven before you make the glaze and just pop it in.

Bake for 10 minutes + 10 minutes for each inch of thickness. So, a one inch thick fillet would bake for twenty minutes. 1.5″ would be 25 minutes. Got it?

The recipe makes enough glaze for a little over two pounds of fish. It is easily halved or doubled.

This recipe could be done on the grill, but remember to not cook the fish over direct heat, unless you enjoy rubbery, dried out fish. On the grill it can be done in a foil packet as described or you may skip it. If you choose to grill, place it skin side up, first. Once the fish has cooked, it falls apart, the skin sort of holds it together, making transfer a little bit easier.

¹Fun with mixed metaphors. Hush, the coffee hasn’t worked its magic, yet.

Submitted to Mouthwatering Monday and Tasty Tuesday.


  1. Dianna Adkins on June 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    This recipe is alot like my recipe for Salmon, and it is delicious… Help me out with what else to serve along with this dish ????

    • Heather Solos on June 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      I probably wouldn’t do plain white rice, but wild rice (a blend of white and wild would be good, too), we love green beans, sauteed to crisp-tender, steamed broccoli, new potatoes, turnip, parsnips, or rutabaga – the slightly bitter / earthy undertones would contrast with the sweet. Sweet potatoes might be a little too much.
      Wilted or creamed spinach.
      A large salad with a lot of crunchy vegetables.

      Does that help?

  2. Meredith on March 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I made the honey version of this. I actually had brown sugar but just doubled the honey instead. I did the foil packets as advised. It is easy and delicious. The skin ends up being a bit flabby so I didn’t eat that but the fish flesh is perfectly cooked and easily pulls off the skin.

    Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious. Could probably even use less sweetener (although the per person amount is not much).

    • Meredith on March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Also, I only melted about a tablespoon of butter, less than in recipe, in the microwave then stirred the other stuff in.

  3. Martha on March 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Big fan of steelhead, we usually grill it, but wanted to try an oven method. Halved the recipe, reduced the brown sugar to a teaspoon, used the maple syrup, doubled the Dijon and subbed horseradish for garlic. Followed the foil packet and oven directions, it was flaky and delicious. Served it on a salad with blackberries, blue cheese and spicy/sweet hazelnuts, tossed with a dressing of pomegranate and vanilla balsamic, tangerine evoo and more Dijon. My friends thought it was amazing too. Thanks for a great indoor method!

    • Heather Solos on March 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Okay, I’m drooling, fantastic suggestion.

  4. Brittany Hill on February 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I tried Steelhead about a month ago and accompanied it with your recipe, Sooo good!! Loved it. Tonight I halved the recipe and am using it on a salmon filet 🙂 thanks

  5. Tonia on February 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Made this tonight and it was awesome! Everybody loved it. I’ll be making this one again. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Aimee on February 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    LOVE this recipe! It was super easy and sooo yummy! I used honey instead of maple syrup. I’d try the maple syrup way too. Even my six year olds loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Alisha on January 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Ohhh hello yumminess! SO easy. So perfect. Thank you for sharing! This will be added to the regular repertoire. I did the foil but will probably do it in a baking dish next time.

  8. Andrea on January 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious. Instead of dijon I subbed chilli powder. I learned in a substitution book once that anytime dijon is called for, the flavor of chilli powder works. I just usually halve the chilli powder, like in this case I used only 1 TBS of chilli powder although I think it would’ve tasted great with 2 TBS. This is because my husband can’t stand mustard and claims he tastes it in anything.

    It was excellent with the chilli powder. I used honey someone gave me from a beehive in their backyard. YUM!

  9. Tom on January 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

    oh and I also skipped the foil method since I didn’t want the steam to weaken the crust I had developed. It came out perfectly moist. I didn’t have rice vinegar and used the apple cider vinegar as well. Much like my comment above about the mustard, trust me you don’t taste the fish thinking of vinegar at all.

  10. Tom on January 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Great recipe! I did the maple syrup version and put one instead of two tablespoons of brown sugar (still came out perfectly sweet).
    I also did the restaurant pan roast/sear method (see below) and then put it in the oven to finish and it was fantastic! My two year old ate an adult sized portion.
    Restaurant pan roast/sear method:
    For those who want to do this method you get a cast iron pan (preferably one dedicated to fish)
    1: put enough high heat oil on the bottom to come up about an 1/8 of an inch on the pan (if you put more it will burn the fish and splatter too much). I use safflower and sometimes add a touch of sesame oil. Whatever you use make sure it is a high heat oil or the smoke will overwhelm you.
    2: Heat the oil until is starts to shimmer
    3: Put the fish in MEAT SIDE down and sear until you get the color and sear you like
    4: Very carefully flip the fish so the skin can also get crisped (some people precut marks through the skin I have never found it necessary 0thers remove the skin before cooking I like the crispy skin). Be aware flipping fish in hot oil is one of the most common ways professional chefs are burned.
    5: Transfer to oven at 400 and follow the rest of the directions above bake until internal temperature is between 130 to 135°F and it is slightly translucent and flaky. For those who don’t use a thermometer If you see a milky fluid (protein) seeping from the sides, it is probably done. Don’t overcook!
    Enjoy and thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    • Tom on January 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Also for those afraid of the dijon mustard, use it! I am not a fan of dijon mustard myself but decided to give it a shot, the maple syrup and brown sugar take the bite out of it, you don’t notice it at all except for that it gives a more strong mustard background flavor to the meat that I think is critical to why the fish is so good.

  11. Cupcakez on November 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    turned out super good altho i still dont like Dijon but i tried itm i also added extra garlic and fresh lemon. mmmmmM

  12. Tasha on October 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I tried this in the baking pan oh my was it yummy made ith with sauteed fresh green beans and garlic oh my I am getting hungry just thinking about it.

  13. dneecie on July 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    This really was wonderful.  I used my drippings to cook asparagus just as it came out of the oven – incredible!

  14. Kristi on May 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!  That about sums it up. I think trout is better than salmon now that I tried it 🙂

  15. JosiMayerLauver on April 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Made this tonight using maple syrup and WOW – it was really, REALLY good!  Thank you so much for posting… I had to use regular mustard instead of dijon and it was still good, so kudos.  You hit a home run with this.

  16. Jeff Whitmill on May 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    We did this with apple cider vinegar and a bit more garlic – it's fabulous! We used a full recipe of the glaze, but only half the fish, so we reserved about half the glaze, warmed it up, thickened it and poured it over the fish. It was delightful!

  17. Marj on April 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    This was delicious, thanks for the great recipe! I didn't have brown sugar, so I doubled the proportion of maple syrup. I decided the foil packets were too fussy, so I just poured the marinade into the baking dish around a 1/2 lb. fillet and baked at 400 for about 15 min. It was almost over done, but all the delicious juices of the marinade saved it from drying out too much. Definitely a keeper!

  18. Caroline on September 14, 2010 at 6:11 am

    That looks really good. I'm going to give the glaze a try with apple vinegar instead of rice vinegar. I hope it turns out as tasty as yours looks 🙂

  19. Joyce on September 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I tried Steelhead for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I did it on the grill — very good. Now I'll have to try your recipe.

  20. Texasholly on September 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    That sounds so yummy. I have been so afraid of fish at home…I am a culinary wimp.

  21. Bethany on September 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wow that looks amazing!!!! I aplaud you for trying to put more fish in your family meals. I am goign to try this recipe soon. Found you on Mouth Watering Mondays…. Love Your Blog!!!!

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