Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout

Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout - Quick and easy spicy chili garlic grilled trout - dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes! Perfect for those busy school nights!

So, school is back in, and the craziness that is the school year will now ensue.  My kids started on Monday, and there was a mix of excitement to get back to school and see their friends and find out who was in their class, and sadness that the summer was over.  Summer just goes by way too quickly, and this one seemed to fly by.

I’m exactly the same as my kids.  Part of me is really sad summer is over, but the other part of me is kind of happy to get back to our regular routine, as crazy as it sometimes is.

Since I know that I’m not the only one that finds the school year sometimes a bit crazy, I’ve joined together with some of my friends to bring you a new series starting this week.  This will be a monthly series, called Thirty Minute Thursdays, where you will find lots of new meals that can be made in thirty minutes or less.  And who isn’t looking for those during the busy school year?

Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout - Quick and easy spicy chili garlic grilled trout - dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes! Perfect for those busy school nights!

This spicy chili garlic grilled trout is fantastic.  I’ve made it several times and we all loved it.  I have some serious fish loving kids (which I’m very thankful for because I love it too!) and it gets gobbled up every time I make it.  This particular recipe is also great because you can easily make it spicy or mild.  I actually make the fillet half spicy so the adults can have the heat and kids will still eat the mild half.

Plus, it literally takes 5 minutes to prep while the grill heats up and then you have 20-25 minutes of cook time where you can completely ignore the fish while you cook some rice and toss together a salad to have with it.  Full meal easily on the table in under 30 minutes.  Perfect for those busy school nights.

If you are like me and looking for some new, quick and easy meals for the school year, look no further!  The links are below for more 30 minute meals from my friends.

Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout - Quick and easy spicy chili garlic grilled trout - dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes! Perfect for those busy school nights!

Spicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout

Yield: 6

Note: I used a steelhead trout fillet with the skin on, but any type of trout would be fine. Also, my kids don’t like their fish spicy, so when I make this I leave the crushed red pepper flakes out of the spice mixture and just sprinkle them onto half of the fish fillet before grilling, so that we have some spicy and some mild.

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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2 1/2 pounds (1.1 kg) trout fillet, about one inch thick at the thickest portion
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat, you want to be cooking at a temperature of 400-450 degrees F. Place the trout fillet, skin side down, on a foil grilling pan. If you don’t have one you could also use a double layer of tin foil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Spread the mixture all over the trout fillet, coating the entire top of the fish. Place the foil pan on the grill and close the lid. Grill the trout for 20-25 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork at the thickest portion.



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  1. says

    I’ve never seen fish look so good! Your photos are amazing, I bet this trout tastes great! I too am happy to have the kids back in school but it is always sad when the summer ends!

    • stacey says

      Thanks so much Katie! It’s always sad when summer ends, but I do enjoy getting back to the routine of the school year. And then by Christmas I’ll be ready for a break from it! :)

  2. says

    I cannot imagine what life must be like with a busy school schedule to juggle on top of everything else. I struggle keeping up with the schedule of my 1YO, haha! I love how you cook the fish on the grill instead of pan-frying it. I’m sure it allows the flavors to mingle together even more!

    • stacey says

      I love grilling fish, so quick and easy and no dishes! :) The homework hasn’t started yet, it’s about two weeks from now when there’s homework and sports and everything else that it gets crazy, we have about a week or so of slightly crazy before it really gets busy! They ease you into it! :)

    • stacey says

      Yeah, it’s what I’ve started doing with a lot of our food, the kids just like things so much plainer then we do – that way everyone is happy! Thanks Alyssa!

    • stacey says

      Have to do it that way, or we’d never get to have spicy food anymore! They think stuff is spicy if there’s pepper, which makes for rather mild and boring meals in my opinion! :) Thanks Kristine!

    • stacey says

      You definitely need to change that – trout is pretty delicious! Although I hadn’t cooked it much before this summer when we suddenly fell in love with it and made it quite a bit! Thanks Liz!

  3. says

    The thought of summer ending and having to go back to school makes me sad too and I don’t even have to go back to school, haha! It’s no fun when freedom is over though! I need to start cooking more fish because this trout looks delicious! I love the chili garlic sauce :)

    • stacey says

      You still have lots of time then! There’s always something though, my kids love fish, but the youngest won’t touch fruits or veggies. Such a pain! Oh well, I’m sure he’ll get over it eventually! Thanks Denise!

  4. says

    I feel the same way when school starts up, and I get sad because every year their even older and I just want them to stay young sometimes! Oh well, at least this delicious fish dish will cheer me up! I eat a lot of fish because it’s so light and quick, and this looks right up my alley with those flavors!

    • stacey says

      I know! Every year I think they can’t possibly be as old as they are, it’s crazy how fast time goes! Thanks Marcie!

  5. says

    I feel the same way, this summer flew by so quickly but I am looking forward to some routine once my son starts kindergarten (eeks) next week. This so flavorful and delicious! We love fish and anything spicy so this trout sounds perfect!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Cyndi! We redid the site a couple weeks ago, and I love it. So much prettier than my last one. I find that trout IS fairly similar to salmon in taste and texture, but a whole lot less costly! We’ve been making it quite a bit this summer, and loving it!

  6. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says

    We are a fish loving family too! And we also love spicy so this is perfect for us! Pinned!

    • stacey says

      I’ve discovered it’s a great alternative to salmon, a little more cost effective but fairly similar in taste and texture. With my fish loving family, we’ve been eating quite a lot of it this summer! Thanks!


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