Trout with crisp bacon crust

Trout with crisp bacon crust

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

Trout is often overlooked when it comes to a quick supper but this recipe proves it should be on the weekday menu

Nutrition and extra info

  • raw, if not previously frozen
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal297
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.72g


  • 2 rashers streaky bacon
  • 2 sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 lemon, zested and cut into quarters



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 50g fresh breadcrumb (about two slices)
  • 4 rainbow trout fillets



    Freshwater trout: 

    Farmed rainbow trout has pretty, spotty skin…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Finely chop the bacon, then mix together with the thyme, lemon zest and breadcrumbs. Place the fish fillets in a lightly oiled baking dish, then sprinkle a quarter of the breadcrumb mixture over each fillet.

  2. Arrange the lemon wedges around the fish and drizzle with the oil. Roast the fish for 8-10 mins until it is cooked through, flakes easily and the topping is golden. Serve with steamed veg and boiled new potatoes.

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3rd Dec, 2019
This was a really easy yet delicious way to cook trout and I think the crust could be used on other fish such as sea bass. I used a bit more bacon than stated and didn't have fresh thyme so used parsley and a shake of dried thyme. As others suggested, I finished it off under the grill. I served it with a few lettuce leaves and the creamy potato salad from another trout recipe on GF. Really worth trying.
2nd Dec, 2019
A really easy fish dish that could probably be used with other fish such as sea bass. As others suggested, I finished it off under the grill for 3 mins to ensure the topping was nicely crisped. Didn't have fresh thyme so used chopped parsley and a shake of dried thyme in the breadcrumbs mixture. Served it with a side salad and the creamy potato salad from another trout recipe on here and it was beautiful. Wouldn't be out of place at a dinner party!
13th Jan, 2015
Really yummy. I only had an orange not a lemon so used this instead. Also finished under the grill as others suggested. Served on veg couscous with side salad.
12th Jan, 2013
Great recipe for trout as I agree it can be a bit bland. Used the tip of finishing it off under the grill which worked really well.
19th Jun, 2012
Love this! So easy to rustle up and really very tasty, goes excellently with the potatoes, beans and cress as suggested. Very nice midweek dish.
10th Feb, 2012
lovely way to serve up trout, very tasty and looked very professional, served with new potatoes and broccoli
12th Jul, 2011
Quick and simple recipe and quite tasty - I used smoked streaky bacon and served with the new potatoes with beans and cress recipe.
18th Feb, 2011
Used quinoa flakes instead of breadcrumbs , place trout on sprigs of thyme, crushed garlic and chopped spring onions.
8th Feb, 2011
Used finely chopped chorizo instead of bacon and blitzed up a couple of garlic naan breads for the breadcrumbs. Grilled the whole thing for 7 minutes so the topping was really crispy. Very quick and easy to prepare. I served it with white rice with onion, cabbage and fennel seeds stirred through.
2nd Oct, 2010
I tried this last night and it was delicious, really easy to make and even my 3 yr old ate it all up. The only change I made was to crisp up the bacon before adding. We had it with ribbon pasta with spinach & pine nuts.


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