Restaurant Recipes

Angry Trout Cafe Grilled Lake Superior Trout

The epitome of North Shore cooking done right, this fresh-fish entree from George Wilkes's Angry Trout Cafe in Grand Marais takes advantage of Lake Superior's depths - practically in the cafe's back yard - and summer's grilling frenzy. Use just-caught varieties from your own fishing expeditions, or try fresh salmon for a twist.

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Yield: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh lake-trout fillets, skinned and de-boned *


  1. To make the grilling sauce, combine the olive oil, lime juice, red onion, tarragon, salt, and white pepper in a medium-size bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk.
  2. Brush the trout fillets with the sauce and place (top side down) on a hot, oiled grill. Turn after about five minutes, or when the fish is halfway cooked. After turning, brush the tops of the fillets with a small amount of additional grilling sauce. Continue cooking for about five more minutes, or until the fish is fully cooked through.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh chopped tarragon and a slice of lime.


* Salmon or other game fish suitable for grilling may be substituted for the lake-trout fillets.


Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine - Angry Trout Cafe, Grand Marais, Minnesota

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