oven-baked lake trout

various dates

Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America. Other names for it include mackinaw, namaycush, lake char (or charr), touladi, togue, and grey trout. In Lake Superior, it can also be variously known as siscowet, paperbelly and lean. The lake trout is prized both as a game fish and as a food fish.  (Wikipedia)

I ordered these online from walleyedirect.com, very happy with the product.

As far as I can remember, I have always oven-baked lake trout.

A. lake trout in oil

2016-09-01 a.o.

This was my first time ever cooking lake trout, on the very same day I received it. I prepared it plain and simple, to appreciate the flavor of the fish without distractions from sauces or condiments.

These aren't true salmons, but they could just as well be. These fillets are bigger than some of the sockeye salmon fillets I have received. The meat is lightly orange colored when fresh, but turns white when cooked. The meat is firm and flaky when cooked, with a mild flavor with a slight oily overtone, but not as much as salmon. A delicious fish.

I baked this in pure oil, because that gives a more flavorful fish than braising or poaching in water.


This is what you need for # servings:

  • 1 lb. lake trout fillet, skin-on, frozen
  • grape seed / peanut oil
    or other cooking oil with high smoking point
  • S&P
Pic1: lake trout
not the best picture



Pic2: lake trout frozen
Pic3: in oil — 2016-09-03
Pic4: served with Jambalaya rice and Cherokee Purple tomatoes — 2017-10-11

B. Lake trout with bacon


Lake trout is by far the tastiest fish in the lot of sweetwater fish I recently bought online. It bakes quite nicely and is a lot more forgiving than e.g. Northern pike: the flesh remains beautifully soft and moist. I have not had a rubber lake trout ever.


This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 1 lake trout fillet 1 – 1.5 lbs. (frozen)
  • S&P
  •  spices
    I used 'Badia complete seasoning'
  • 3-4 slices bacon
  • olive oil
Pic5: lake trout with bacon