Cedar Plank Trout with Chimichurri

Cedar Plank Trout with Chimichurri

Yield 4 servings

Perfect for entertaining, this tender grilled rainbow trout is an easy showstopper with a mildly smoky flavor served with a bright chimichurri.


  • 2 cedar planks (6 by 14 inches), soaked
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 whole rainbow trout (about 1½ pounds each), cleaned
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp chimichurri sauce
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced


  • Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect heat.
  • Brush the exterior of each fish with olive oil and season the interior and exterior of each trout with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Brush 1 Tblsp of the chimichurri sauce in the interior cavity of each fish.
  • Layer in the lemon slices and fresh herbs in the cavity of each fish. Tie the fish together with bakers twine.
  • Place the trout onto the soaked planks. Place the planks over indirect heat. Close the lid of the grill and cook 15 to 22 minutes or until the fish is opaque and begins to flake when tested with a fork.
  • Remove from grill, let stand 5 minutes before serving with fresh lemon, parsley, and remaining ¼ cup chimichurri sauce.


Tip: Soaking the cedar plank in water for at least an hour will prevent the wood from burning while on the grill.