Foil Barbecued Trout with Wine Recipe

Background and History

Foil barbecued trout is a popular and simple way to cook fish that has roots in outdoor and camping cuisine. Cooking fish in foil packets ensures that the trout remains moist and flavorful. The addition of wine enhances the dish with a subtle, sophisticated flavor. This method is not only convenient for grilling but also makes cleanup easy, making it a favorite among home cooks and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


  • 4 people


  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 25-30 minutes



  • 4 trout fillets
  • 1/4 cup white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 sheets of aluminum foil


Prepare the Trout

  • Rinse the trout fillets under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Season both sides of the fillets with salt and pepper.

Assemble the Foil Packets

  • Lay out the aluminum foil sheets on a flat surface.
  • Place one trout fillet in the center of each foil sheet.
  • Drizzle each fillet with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of white wine.
  • Sprinkle minced garlic and thyme evenly over the fillets.
  • Arrange lemon slices on top of each fillet.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Seal the Foil Packets

  • Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and seal the edges to create a packet. Make sure the packets are sealed well to prevent any juices from leaking out.

Cook the Trout

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place the foil packets on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the fillets. The fish should be opaque and flake easily with a fork when done.


  • Carefully open the foil packets (watch out for hot steam) and transfer the trout to serving plates.
  • Garnish with additional fresh parsley and lemon slices if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Sodium: 200mg


  • Use a good quality white wine to enhance the flavor of the dish.
  • You can add vegetables such as asparagus or cherry tomatoes to the foil packets for a complete meal.
  • If cooking in an oven, preheat to 375°F (190°C) and bake the foil packets for 20-25 minutes.

Allergy Warning

  • This dish contains fish. Ensure all ingredients and surfaces are free from cross-contamination if you have seafood allergies.
  • Check wine labels for any allergens or additives if you have specific dietary restrictions.

Useful and Interesting Facts

  • Cooking fish in foil packets, also known as “en papillote” in French, is a method that steams the fish in its own juices, making it incredibly moist and flavorful.
  • Trout is a heart-healthy fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for cardiovascular health.
  • This method of cooking is versatile and can be adapted for different types of fish and flavor profiles, making it a go-to technique for many home cooks.

FAQs about Foil Barbecued Trout with Wine

What do you soak trout in before cooking?

Soaking trout in a saltwater brine or milk can help to remove any excess fishy odor and improve the flavor. A simple brine consists of water and salt, while soaking in milk can help tenderize the fish and neutralize strong odors.

How to cook rainbow trout Jamie Oliver?

Jamie Oliver often recommends seasoning rainbow trout with salt, pepper, and herbs like dill or parsley. Cook it in a hot pan with a bit of olive oil, ensuring the skin gets crispy, or bake it in the oven with a drizzle of lemon juice and a handful of herbs.

How do you prepare trout before cooking?

To prepare trout before cooking, rinse it under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Remove any remaining scales, bones, and innards if necessary, and season the trout with salt, pepper, and any desired herbs or spices.

How do you grill trout on a Weber gas grill?

Preheat the Weber gas grill to medium-high heat. Place the seasoned trout fillets on a piece of aluminum foil or directly on the grill grates, cook for about 10-15 minutes, flipping once, until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Can you grill fish on aluminum foil?

Yes, you can grill fish on aluminum foil. Using foil helps prevent the fish from sticking to the grill and makes cleanup easier. Simply place the fish on a piece of foil, season it, and fold the foil into a packet before grilling.

What is the best fish to BBQ?

The best fish to BBQ are those with firm flesh that holds up well on the grill, such as salmon, trout, swordfish, and tuna. These types of fish are less likely to fall apart and absorb grill flavors beautifully.

How do you grill trout without sticking it?

To grill trout without sticking, make sure the grill grates are clean and well-oiled. You can also use aluminum foil or a fish grill basket. Preheat the grill and avoid moving the fish too early to allow a nice sear to form, which helps prevent sticking.

Do you eat the skin on grilled trout?

Yes, the skin on grilled trout is edible and can be quite tasty when cooked properly. When grilled, the skin becomes crispy and adds a delightful texture to the dish. Make sure to scale the skin thoroughly before cooking to ensure it is clean and enjoyable to eat.

How to stop fish sticking to the barbecue?

To stop fish from sticking to the barbecue, make sure the grill grates are clean and well-oiled. Preheat the grill properly, and use a fish grill basket or aluminum foil. Cooking the fish with the skin on can also help prevent sticking.

How long to grill fish in BBQ?

Grill fish for about 10-15 minutes on a preheated BBQ, flipping once halfway through the cooking time. The fish is done when it is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The exact time may vary depending on the thickness of the fish.

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