Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Baked Rainbow Trout with Cilantro Pesto

Dinner is so simple but far from average with this baked rainbow trout with cilantro pesto. Flaky, fresh fish covered in pesto.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 1 ½ lb Rainbow Trout (cut into filets if preferred)
  • 1 c fresh cilantro
  • ¼ c chopped walnuts
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 T olive oil more to get desired thickness
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • sea salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Place parchment paper on baking sheet and remove fish from packaging, laying it on parchment (skin side down). Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a food processor, combine walnuts and cilantro and process until fine.
  • Add all other ingredients and process until smooth. Add more olive oil if it is too thick to your liking.
  • Spread evenly over trout.
  • Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through and edges are crisp.
  • Remove from oven. Fish easily comes right off the skin with a spatula.
  • Serve with desired sides!


Save any leftover pesto to add into other recipes.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 877mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg