If it looks like salmon, feels like salmon, and tastes like salmon, it must be… Steelhead Trout! That’s right, there’s an imposter out there, but this variety of Rainbow Trout does a great job of living up to salmon standards. I first found out about Steelhead about 4 years ago when the clerk in the seafood department suggested I give it a try. I’m glad she turned me on to this new fillet, not just because it’s less expensive and sustainable, but also because it is less fatty. You can prepare the trout the same as you would any salmon dish, like this simple, yet flavorful Garlic & Lime Salmon Steelhead Trout.


  • 16-20 oz Steelhead Trout fillet 
  • 2 Limes washed well
  • 4 large cloves Garlic peeled
  • 4 tsp Light butter room temp
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:  Prepping time = 10 minutes, Cooking time = 20-25 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Use a sharp knife and cut fish into 4 individual portions.
  3. Place fillets on baking sheet/shallow pan that has been lined with sprayed foil.
  4. Lightly spread 1 tsp of butter over each fillet with a butter knife.Steelhead Trout
  5. Using a hand grater, shave the outside of the lime directly over fillets so that zest generously covers fish.
  6. Grate 1 clove of garlic over each fillet (use your butter knife to help get the “scraps” of the grater and evenly spread zest and garlic on fish).
  7. Cut your limes in half and squeeze juice over fish.
  8. Cover your pan with a sheet of foil and bake for 20-25 minutes, making sure the thickest part of the fish is cooked through.
  9. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings

Pictured with Steamed Broccoli and Rice (I used prepackaged Knorr® Rice Sides Cheddar and Broccoli)

Where to find Steelhead Trout:  Our local Costco carries fresh Steelhead trout for $6.99/lb. Some major supermarkets carry it as well as do smaller grocery stores. Check out your seafood department and if they don’t have it ask them about it- it’s worth the nagging 🙂