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3 June 2015

A recipe for steelhead trout that has been seasoned and grilled, then topped with a spicy herbed compound butter.

Total SHOUT OUT to my friend and neighbor, Matt. You know who you are.

Patty and I were invited to his house for dinner the other night. It’s always fun to hang out with Matt and Jackie, sipping a few cocktails and enjoying each other’s company.

Except when Matt pulls out the cedar planks and grills up perfectly seasoned steelhead trout.


Talk about a phenomenal meal. I’ve made steelhead trout in the past but Matt’s meal has inspired me to work up something of my own, and we love how it turned out.

Matt grillled his on cedar planks. I, of course, had to run out and buy a good dozen planks for myself, though I didn’t use them in this recipe.

I’m reserving them for a special occasion, or another blog post, whichever comes first. I did, however, grill these up for a crunchy skin. No need to go crazy on the seasoning. Steelhead trout has a strong flavor, very much like salmon.

If you like salmon, you will probably enjoy steelhead trout. They’re not the same fish, but they belong to the same family – Salmonidae – and both have the typical pinkish meat.

Top it off with your own homemade Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter and you’re gold. You need to prepare the compound butter ahead, which is easy to do. Just some softening, mixing, rolling and cooling.

The butter melts down over the hot grilled fish, distributing all those chili flakes and rosemary herbs and lime juice. Tasty was the goal, and tasty was achieved. And then some. Keep it light by only using a bit of the butter. Orr go crazy, like I did.

Thanks again, Matt, for bringing us back around to steelhead trout. And you too, Jackie!

Patty’s Perspective

It’s crazy how something so simple can be so flavorful. Having the compound butter prepared ahead made this super fast to put together. Mike’s version tasted MUCH different from Matt’s because of the cedar plank, but I loved them both.

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Grilled Steelhead Trout with Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A recipe for steelhead trout that has been seasoned and grilled, then topped with a spicy herbed compound butter.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, trout
Servings: 2
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
For the Compound Butter
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • Lime zest from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes
  • 2 6-8 ounce steelhead trout fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. For the compound butter, soften the butter so it is malleable but not melted. Add it to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add rosemary, lime juice, lime zest and chili flakes. Mash to combine.
  3. Set butter onto a large piece of plastic wrap and form it into a log. Roll into the plastic and refrigerate to harden.
  4. Heat a grill to medium-high heat.
  5. Rub the fish fillets with olive oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
  6. Grill skin sides down about ten minutes, so the skins get nice and charred. You may need a bit more time, depending on the thickness of your fillets.
  7. Flip and grill another few minutes to ensure the trout is cooked through. You can check with a fork in a thicker section of the fish.
  8. Remove from heat and set onto serving plates.
  9. Top with slices of your compound butter and serve with extra lime slices and chopped parsley. The butter will melt over the hot grilled trout, making it moist and flavorful.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Steelhead Trout with Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter

Grilled Steelhead Trout with Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter

Grilled Steelhead Trout with Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter



  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now, and sometimes I change up the herbs to whatever’s at hand. Great every time! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Yali! It’s one of my favorites as well. Glad you enjoy it.

  2. 5 stars
    I could eat this every single day. Picked up some steelhead trout last week and it’s been so sad and lonely in the freezer. This recipe is awesome!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Damien! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m a big fan of steelhead trout. YUM.

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