Scottish Trout in Oatmeal

Trout in Oatmeal is a wonderful dish which you will be able to order when you visit Scotland.

Scotland is a nation with a wealth of natural, delicious food ingredients, and of course fish is one of them. Now for some of us, the traditional fish and chips in batter. is and always will be a big favourite, but Scotland produces the most wonderful salmon, herrings, mackerel, haddock and all sorts of other delicious fish, including trout. One famous haddock dish is Cullen Skink, the famous soup made with smoked haddock and potatoes.

The brown trout is still common in Scottish rivers and lochs, and fishermen still love to fish for trout. The one you'll find if you go fishing is usually our native 'Brown Trout', but if you're buying it from a fish shop then it's quite possibly the farmed variety of rainbow trout. If you're a fish lover, this simple dish. 'Trout in Oatmeal' combines the trout with that other famous Scottish ingredient of oats. Coating herring from the sea in oatmeal was a traditional favourite, and you can certainly do the same with trout. You can serve it plain, with just parsley garnish and a slice of lemon. I like to serve it with parsley butter, new potatoes and a fresh green salad.

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Trout in Oatmeal

Trout in Oatmeal

Trout in Oatmeal


4 large cleaned and skinned trout
Little milk
4oz / 125g fine or medium oatmeal
1 tbs vegetable oil
3 oz / 75gm butter

Parsley Butter
4 oz / 125g of butter
6 tsp lemon juice
2 spring onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
Crushed black peppercorns (about half tsp)


  • Buy ready boned fish (or if you have caught it yourself, then bone it.

  • Brush each portion with milk and coat both sides with the oatmeal.

  • Heat the oil in a pan and the butter until it starts to bubble.

  • Place the trout flesh-side down gently in the pan.

  • Cook on high for a couple of minutes until oatmeal is starting to brown.

  • Turn down the heat and continue cooking gently for another rcouple of minutes.

  • Turn the trout over carefully.

  • Turn down the temerature and continue cooking for around another 4 minutes, until brown on both sides.
  • Drain on kitchen roll to remove any excess fat/oil before serving.

Parsley Butter

  • Warm the butter very slightly to soften it

  • Using a wooden spoon or fork mash until soft (not runny).

  • Mix in the lemon juice, finely chopped spring onions and crushed peppercorns.

  • Add the parsley and mix again.

  • Form into a log (or sausage) shape.

  • Cover with clingfilm and put in fridge for 15 minutes.

  • Slice parlsey butter and serve over the freshly cooked trout.

Serve the Trout in Oatmeal with freshly chopped parsley and wedges of lemon.

If you've enjoyed this recipe, "Trout in Oatmeal", why not try these other Traditional Scottish Recipes.

Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.

Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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