Peppercorn Grilled Trout recipe with Wasabi-Ginger Glaze

For this particular grilled trout recipe I like to use Steelhead Trout which is remarkably similar to Salmon in both look, texture and taste.

It's doubtful many people would know the diffrence by look or by taste, even though the Steelhead is a variety of Rainbow Trout.

The picture below was taken just after this recipe was grilled with the Ginger Wasabi glaze applied.
bbq trout
The grilled trout recipe is prepped for a very hot BBQ with a crushed peppercorn, kosher salt and sesame seed crust to help seal in the flavor.

I've been using a well-oiled perforated grill topper (picture just below) lately for fish with great results, but cooking grilled trout directly on the grates is usually pretty easy too. bbq grill topper

If you're looking for an easy way how to cook trout then give this Steelhead recipe a try if you haven't already - it's a very forgiving fish and won't fall apart on the grill.

If you're not keen on bbq trout then any fish is also suitable for this recipe.
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Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Direct Heat: 650F - 700F

What you'll need:

  • 4 portions Steelhead Trout fillets (8 oz ea for total 2 lbs)

    For the rub recipe:
  • 1/4 cup freshly crushed peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

    For the glaze recipe:
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi paste
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or port
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon hot water

    steelhead trout fillets

    Step 1:
    If buying 1 large piece of trout cut it into 4 smaller portions of equal size.

    peppercorn crusted trout

    Rub equal amounts of the crushed peppercorns, kosher salt and sesame seeds over the flesh side of the trout (not the skin side).

    glaze for trout

    Step 2:
    In a small saucepan add the soy sauce, wasabi paste, liquid honey, sherry (or port), sesame seeds and grated ginger.

    Combine the cornstarch to the hot water and stir to make a slurry or paste.

    Add this to the saucepan when it begins to boil and stir regularly, then reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer for about a minute until it thickens.

    Reduce the heat and just keep the glaze warm.

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    Step 3:
    Preheat the grill to 700F (if possible, or the highest temperature you can get).

    Spray a grill topper very well with cooking oil spray or use a paper towel soaked in oil to rub over the perforated topper.

    Place the topper on the grates to heat up with the BBQ.

    When the BBQ is at cooking temperature place the trout, flesh side down (skin side up) on the grill topper or grates.

    cooking trout on bbq

    After a couple minutes at high heat the grilled trout should be ready to flip.

    You should notice the flesh becoming slightly opaque and the flesh side against the grill should be browning up.

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    Spoon some of the ginger wasabi glaze recipe on top of the grilled trout flesh side up, reserving a small amount to apply when the fish is removed.

    Close the lid and let the trout cook another 3 minutes.

    As you remove the fish from the grill to a serving platter you should be able to slip a spatula gently between the skin and the flesh to separate the two.

    Place the grilled trout on the serving platter and drizzle with any remaining glaze.


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