Barbecued Trout in Newspaper

What you’ll need:

  • 2 whole trout, gutted and cleaned, from sustainable sources
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • Garlic clove
  • Fresh ginger
  • Red chili (optional)
  • Fresh thyme stalks
  • Lime leaves
  • 4 limes
  • Rapeseed oil


For our June 2019 Cookout Live we catch and show you how to cook wild brown trout from the River Usk at the beautiful Glanusk Estste.


Preheat the fire pit so it’s hot, or until the coals turn white.

Rinse the fish under cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.

Twist the stalks off from the bunch of coriander and place in a pestle and mortar, keeping the leaves for the garnish.

Peel, slice and add the garlic and ginger, then slice and add the chili (if using). Add the lime leaves, then bash them a bit to release the flavours.

For each trout, take a large double sheet of newspaper and line with greaseproof paper.

Slice 3 limes, then place a line of the slices in the middle of each newspaper. Lay the fish on top and stuff the cavity with half the herby mixture, season with sea salt and drizzle with oil. Top with more lime slices and drizzle with more oil and salt.

Wrap up the newspaper and tie with string. Dunk both parcels in a bucket of water and leave to soak for no more than 5 minutes.

Barbecue the fish parcels, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the flesh is firm. The newspaper will be black, but don’t worry – the important thing is that the fish will be cooked to perfection.

Remove the fish from the paper, drizzle with any juices, top with coriander leaves and serve with lime wedges.

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