The Best Trout Types And What They Taste Like

September 14, 2016

You hear people talking about going on fishing trips and about the trout they have successfully caught but you never really gave it too much thought.

Now, you want to make a special trout dinner with something you’ve amazingly caught yourself or bought someplace without really knowing what it is. Now, you’re going through recipe options and you realize, wait, this fish doesn’t look quite the same!

Not to worry, I will tell you about the different types of trout so you can have an idea what that trout lying in your sink basically tastes like.

Brook Trout 


Book Trout, this fish is a native of North Carolina. Ideally, they should grow from between 10”-16” long but now, they are usually only around eight inches long.

This trout variety is one of the easiest to catch but if you catch a brook trout that is more than a foot long, you can count yourself very lucky, since that is quite a rarity nowadays.

It has a sort of black golden look, with very interesting swirling patterns on their skin. They are usually identifiable through the white leading edge they have below their gills and under their fins.

What does a Brook Trout Taste Like?

This trout has a fresh scent, with white and tender meat. It does not have that fish stench that holds some people back from eating fish so you can go crazy with so many viable ways to cook this trout.

You can practically cook it any way you want, though you may also want to try to make some Grumbo out of this.

Rainbow Trout


Rainbow trout, is an attractively colored trout with a pinkish to reddish gills and strip traversing down its body, and black spots.

They are often found in fresh, cool-water areas like streams, and can be found in waters where most brook trout also lives.

They are made of tougher stuff, though, compared to the brook trout since they can also survive warmer waters and always come out fighting when caught. They are also the most abundant trout in the US and basically serves as the backbone of the trout industry.

What does a rainbow trout taste like?

The rainbow trout is a salmonid and does taste a bit like salmon. However, compared to salmons, this trout has a much finer taste and texture.

I would like to clarify though that when I say finer, it has more subtle and lighter flavors. With that being said, some people find it a bit bland.

Depending on your preference, you can cook this any way you want, and if you like garnishes, sauces and whatever grandiose you like, this rainbow trout is definitely a good meat for that.

Steelhead Trout 


Steelhead Trout and salmons have a lot in common. They are both usually born in fresh water but comes out to the sea to get bigger, then comes back to the fresh water to spawn.

Unlike salmons, a steelhead trout can propagate more than once in its lifetime and may continue to move from the fresh water to the sea more than once. The steelhead trout is usually bigger than other trout varieties mostly due to its life out in the sea.

What does a steelhead trout taste like?

Since the habits of salmons and steelheads are very similar, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to know that their taste is very similar. If this the type of trout you have, then you can safely assume that your salmon recipe will be just as great for this trout.

Brown Trout 


The brown trout are usually around 12 inches in length but are usually caught a few inches shorter than that. It is rather easy to spot a brown trout because of its brown or yellow color, with red, black and orange spots running along its side.

They are extremely difficult to catch, however, as they are very good in hiding under rocks and tree crevices, but are not very equipped in fighting once caught. For a fierce fighter, you really have to see a rainbow trout for that.

What does a brown trout taste like?

If you are someone who prefers a stronger tasting fish, then the brown trout is for you. It still tastes like all the other trout but they have more flavor in them.

Cooking ideas for the brown trout should include lighter seasoning to enjoy its unique taste. Good news for you is that you can simply season it with salt and some lemon and you will still end up with a superb dinner.

There are other varieties out there that are not indicated in this article, but most of them are extremely rare. Some of them are cross breeds of one trout to another, while others are developed to sustain fish farming and the demands of the market.

Whatever trout you have, remember that this fish variety is very versatile. You can cook it basically any way you want and it will absorb all those amazing seasonings you’ve got prepared. Bon appetit!

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