Rainbow Trout

Farmed in the U.S. for more than a century and throughout the world for hundreds of years, rainbow trout has long been a consumer favorite for its delicate meat and clean flavor. U.S. trout farmers grow about 25,000 tons of rainbow trout annually. Idaho produces almost 80% of that number, although small rainbow trout farms are found in virtually every state. Although in the wild, rainbows can weigh as much as 50 pounds, most farmed rainbows attain only 1-2 pounds. It generally takes about a year for them to reach that weight.

Availability: Year-Round

Origin: Farmed (Idaho)

Texture and Flavor:  Delicate, high fish oil content, flaky, flavorful

Cooking Methods:  Grill, blacken, bake, sauté, deep fry, pan fry, poach, smoke

Substitutes: Ruby Red Trout, Steelhead