Mediterranean-Inspired Oven Roasted WHOLE Steelhead Trout

Did you know steelhead trout is the sea-run variant of coastal rainbow trout? Steelhead is actually more closely related to Pacific salmon than other trout. However, unlike salmon, some steelhead can spawn many times.

I didn’t know the difference between steelhead and rainbow trout until recently, until we saw this beautiful, glistening, humongous whole fish at our grocery store. The boy said that my eyes were sparkling with excitement. I was simply bewitched by the existence of this fish. We don’t typically see a whole, head to tail fish at our grocery store, not to mention a SIX-pound steelhead.

I MUST, I simply MUST take it home with me.

This is meant to be.Steelhead Trout 03-08-2016 (LQ) (2 of 8)

This is not a fish to be taken lightly. Literally.

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I was tossing and turning all night, thinking about how to cook the steelhead. I wasn’t sure if I should play it safe and cook the trout with my classic honey mustard sauce (which the boy loves) or push myself out of my comfort zone (which the boy also loves)… Decisions are hard.

Steelhead Trout 03-08-2016 (LQ) (4 of 8)So since I also picked up some beautiful vine-ripened tomatoes that I was dying to cook with, I decided to marry both ingredients and created this Mediterranean inspired dish.
*We ended up eating fish for a week straight, but it was totally worth it (the boy agrees)!

Steelhead Trout 03-08-2016 (LQ) (8 of 8)

Mediterranean-Inspired Oven Roasted WHOLE Steelhead Trout

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2 bunches (approximately 8) of tomatoes on the vine for roasting and 2 additional tomatoes, diced
  • 3 shallots, finely diced
  • ½ cup green olives, thinly sliced
  • 1 preserved Meyer lemon, thinly slice the peel only
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 lb whole steelhead trout or salmon
  • Freshly ground pepper & coarse salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the diced tomato, sliced olives, chopped shallots, parsley, and oregano; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make diagonal slices about ½ inch deep on each side of fish. Season both side and inside with salt and pepper. Place the mixture inside the body cavity of the steelhead.Steelhead Trout 03-08-2016 (LQ) (3 of 8)
  1. Place the tomato on either side and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper for roasting with steelhead.
  2. Roast until the fish is cooked through, about 45-50 minutes (this was a big fish!)Steelhead Trout 03-08-2016 (LQ) (5 of 8)
  3. Serve whole or filleted immediately. Get your appetite ready!Steelhead Trout 03-08-2016 (LQ) (6 of 8)

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