Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout

Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout blends slightly tart yet sweet flavors using balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, lemon juice, and garlic to create an incredible, lightly glazed trout. Pair it with roasted broccoli, and you have yourself a complete meal.

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honey balsamic steelhead trout with roasted broccoli

While searching for tasty but healthy dinner ideas, this glazed steelhead trout recipe was a perfect choice. Simple meals like this are on constant rotation in my home. They are easy to pull together and equate to a fulfilling meal in the end.

Another great thing about this recipe is can be easily converted into a sheet pan meal. Grab a baking sheet and line your broccoli around the trout as it’s cooking. It’s an all in one meal you’ll enjoy time and time again.

single piece of glazed steelhead trout

Ingredients you’ll need:

honey balsamic steelhead trout ingredients
  • The steelhead trout filet is the main focus of this recipe. I grab a fresh whole filet from my local grocer. Frequently mistaken for salmon, steelhead trout is also bright orange-pink flesh but is thinner, milder, and cooks slightly faster than salmon. It’s a cross between salmon and trout.
  • The trout is seasoned simply with Himalayan sea salt, black pepper, and Creole seasoning.
  • The honey balsamic glaze is my favorite part of this dish. A combination of raw honey, light brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, white wine (you can also use white cooking wine), minced garlic, and lemon juice turn a good piece of fish into a great one.
  • The broccoli florets are tossed in olive oil before baking and seasoned with Himalayan sea salt.
  • And to finish, oregano is sprinkled on top of it all.
pouring extra glaze on finished fish

How to make Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout:

  1. Seasoning the trout is the most important step. I kept the seasoning for this recipe fairly simple so it wouldn’t overpower the dish. Sea salt, black pepper, and creole seasoning will do the trick.
  2. To make the honey balsamic glaze, you’ll combine honey, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, white wine of your choice, brown sugar, and minced garlic. The sweeter ingredients help to balance out the tartness from the balsamic vinegar. The “glaze” forms naturally as these ingredients are combined.
  3. Pour the glaze on each filet and outline the fish with fresh broccoli. You can certainly use other vegetables in place of broccoli, but make sure it can hold up to the oven temperatures. You can also mix the broccoli in the sauce to give it a boost as well.
adding honey balsamic glaze to trout before placing in oven

What other vegetables could I serve?

Vegetables good for baking that would be great as a side include asparagus, brussels sprouts (halved), butternut squash, baby carrots, and cauliflower.

trout served with broccoli

There are a lot of benefits to eating this type of fish but the most important one for this dinner recipe will be the taste!

Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout
Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout baked whole and prepared as a sheet pan meal
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honey balsamic steelhead trout with roasted broccoli

Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Description

Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout blends slightly tart & sweet flavors to create an lightly glazed trout. Pair with roasted broccoli.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 lb. Steelhead Trout Filet
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. White Wine
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Creole Seasoning
  • 1 lb. Broccoli Florets
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Oregano

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an enabled cast-iron skillet with butter or olive oil.
  2. Slice your steelhead into equal portions. Season with 1/2 tsp. sea salt, black pepper, and creole seasoning. Add fish to the (oven-safe) skillet. Set to the side.
  3. Add honey, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, white wine, brown sugar, and minced garlic to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes on low heat, then slightly increase heat to medium and cook until it begins to thicken for an additional 5 to 10 minutes if needed. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour the honey balsamic glaze over the steelhead trout fillets in the skillet. 
  5. Toss your broccoli florets in olive oil and 1/2 tsp. salt.
  6. Place broccoli in the same pan as the fish. Add oregano over the fish and broccoli. 
  7.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Notes

You can substitute white cooking wine for the dry white wine in this recipe.

You can cook your broccoli on a separate baking sheet as well. They can bake at the same temperature for the same amount of time.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 431
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Sodium: 732mg
  • Fat: 15.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.1g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 68.3g
  • Cholesterol: 168mg

Keywords: Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout, Honey Steelhead Trout, Steelhead Trout

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  1. This was delicious!
    Though, the cooking time was written in two different places with two different times.
    At the end of the instructions is says ‘bake 10 minutes’. I immediately thought that wasn’t long enough, but didn’t want to risk ruining the $$ spent on the trout.
    As the trout is baking, scrolled back up the recipe just to double check things; and there it is at the top. ‘Cook time: 35 minutes’.
    (I know someone reading this is going to think, ‘you should know that 10 minutes isn’t long enough!’ Lol )
    Adjusted my timer and it turned out just fine.

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Hi CJ,

      Our apologies for the confusion. The bake time for the fish is correct in the detailed instructions; which is 10 minutes. The cook time at the top of the recipe card reflects the cook time for all steps in the process including the sauce. We have adjusted this time to better reflect the sum of the detailed steps, but it is always better to undercook and adjust the time based on preference. Glad it still turned out great!

  2. This recipe was absolutely amazing! My husband is a Trout fisherman and though he loves the sport doesn’t quite care for the flavor of Trout which results in us giving our Trout away. I have tried several recipes and this is the first time where he said” You can make this again.” I didn’t have cilantro so doubled up on the parsley as the recipe suggested. It was outstanding! I have also shared this with the wives of his friends that he fishes with and they agree. Thank you so very much!

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Thanks so much, Patti! What amazing feedback!

  3. Joseph Richard says:

    bonjour compatriote louisianais. J’ai adoré la recette et j’ai hâte d’en essayer plus …

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Hello Joseph! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. We tried this on some rainbow trout we caught and it was incredible. Now we want to find a way to simplify it to make while camping… I’m wondering if I couldn’t make the glaze ahead of time? Do you think it would keep if made a day in advance?

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Hi, Sara! You could certainly make the honey balsamic glaze ahead of time. Since it doesn’t have any dairy ingredients, it should hold up just fine.

  5. Lisa L Griffin says:

    We really enjoyed this recipe! The sauce is amazing. Almost too much so, I wanted to just eat a whole bowl of it.

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Haha! That sauce is pretty special, yet so simple. Thanks for giving it try and so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Kathy Worsley says:

    I made this recipe tonight on our rainbow trout. I’ve grown a bit tired of my garlic butter, and my son loves fishing… so very glad I found it!! Amazing! My only sadness was the extra sauce when the trout was consumed! I wanted to use every last drop ?

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Wow, thanks Kathy! This is pretty awesome for me to hear. I’m glad you all enjoyed it and thanks for sharing!

  7. Your trout recipe was truly amazing. Everyone loved it, the sauce on the rice made it so so good.
    Thanks a million!

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

  8. Excellent flavor. I did not have steel head but rainbow trout and
    they were whole head and tail on. Cooked it as normal with the
    seasonings and the sauce. Had quite a bit of sauce left to drizzle
    over the fish after flaking it off the bones. Will make it again,
    Thanks.

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Hello Mary, glad you enjoyed the recipe! The sauce is absolutely my favorite part.

  9. Melissa says:

    Made this tonight, my entire family said it was the best fish I’ve made so far! Will definitely add to my list of repeats. Thanks!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Melissa this is so awesome I truly appreciate that this gives me the inspiration to keep cooking. Thank you

  10. This looks super flavorful and so delicious. I love the addition of white vine in this one. We love fish and we have it like every friday. Can’t wait to give this a go.

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Natalie!

  11. This recipe is seriously making me hungry!! I love the flavours that you have used. Will be making this for sure!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Lol thanks Vanessa!

  12. I love trout and this preparation looks amazing. I can’t wait to make it!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Daniela!

  13. This looks delicious! My husband and I are always trying to work more fish into our diets, but we’re not really into plain fish dishes. This looks like something we’d both love! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Claire!

  14. Oh wow! wonderful clicks, totally drooling over pics! I am a seafood lover and this is perfect for my family.

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thank you Prasanna!

  15. I haven’t cooked trout at home before, but now I totally need to try it! This looks delicious, and the broccoli is the perfect accompaniment!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ashley!

  16. This trout has turned out so delicious! I’m literally drooling looking at the pics.

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thank you Jo!

  17. This trout looks perfect! I’ve been trying to cook fish more lately, and trying to branch out to different types of fish that I don’t normally buy. Trout is going to be next on my list and I am going to try this recipe! It looks so so good.

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks Dominique!

  18. The trout looks amazing! İ love your beautiful preparation pictures. And absolutely will keep your recipe. Pin it..! 🙂

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks so much I appreciate it!

  19. This looks so amazing! And Im not typically a fish person, so that’s saying something!!!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Wow thank you Kelly! I appreciate it.

  20. This trout looks like a perfect meal for the whole family. LOVE the combination of flavors in your sauce and how easy it is to prepare! Definitely a winning dinner! 🙂

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sherri!

  21. I will be trying this recipe for sure. My husband always go out to fish trout and this sauce will be on my list. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Eric Author says:

      Shobee I think this sauce is great with trout. Please let me know how it comes out. Thanks!

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