Grilled rainbow trout with melted herb butter

Rainbow trout can be caught year-round throughout the state. Our trout came from Cowles Pond in the Pecos Canyon. Rainbows can be served a variety of ways. We opted to simply grill it outside on our propane grill.


  • 1 or more rainbow trout
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 or more sprigs of rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 or more springs of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon chopped thyme
  • ½ teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup of unsalted butter, melted


Clean and prepare whole trout for the grill. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the inside of the fish with salt and pepper as well. Place sprigs of thyme and rosemary inside.

Heat grill to medium-high. Place one side flat on the grill for five minutes, then flip and grill the other side of the fish for five minutes.

Serve with roasted red potatoes, corn on the cob or other sides you prefer. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Photos courtesy of Alexa Henry.

About Alexa Henry

Alexa Henry was the New Mexico Wildlife Magazine Editor for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.