It is very helpful to have a fish grilling basket for this recipe. It will help keep the bacon, lemon and green onion together and will make flipping easier. We don't remember where we put ours. It got packed away in a box when we moved out to Nebraska and is mostly likely sitting somewhere in the garage. We made do with cooking twine.
Anway-- this is a great summer recipe. We hope you all get the chance to fish for trout this spring and summer!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
- 2 whole rainbow trout
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1 large lemon, half of it cut into slices and the other half in wedges
- 4 sprigs of thyme
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 to 4 green onions
- salt and pepper, to taste
- vegetable or canola oil, for brushing
- cooking twine or fish grilling basket
1. Prepare grill to medium heat.
Wash trout thoroughly. Salt and pepper the insides well. Stuff the body cavity with minced garlic and 2 sprigs of thyme in each fish.
It's preferable to have a fish grilling basket to to keep all the ingredients neat and together. We couldn't find ours, so we were only able to lay lemon slices and a green onion on one side of the fish before things got too messy. We tied everything together with cooking twine-- something you won't need with a grilling basket.
2. Wrap everything together with bacon, however way you want. Just make sure the lemon slices and green onion stay in place.
Oil grill basket, if using. Or lightly brush fish with oil, if not using basket.
Lay fish in grill basket and secure snugly. If you don't have a grill basket, you can tie everything up in cooking twine, like we did.
3. Once the grill is ready, lay fish down and cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side, or until bacon is cooked and fish is flaky. Cooking times will vary. We found that spots where the fish was covered with bacon took longer to cook.
Once cooked, discard cooking twine (if used) and serve immediately with lemon wedges and your favorite sides!