Garlic butter trout on the beach BBQ.

Garlic Butter Trout Catch and Cook

Garlic butter trout is the subject of episode 2 of this catch and cook.

Well, it’s actually more about the cooking.

Since we covered the catching in a previous blog called Getting Smashed in Cooktown.

Garlic butter trout for dinner.

Two lovely coral trout for our garlic butter trout recipe.

Recap of gear used…


GARMIN 8412 and GT51 transducer. (find out why >>here)


Rod: Quantum Smoke Inshore 621BC

Reel: Quantum Reliance PT

Lures: Various – the best ones we will stock in our shop from September 2021

Line: 30lb Rovex braid with 60lb Ande mono leader.

Garlic Butter Trout ingredients.

Coral trout are a stunning fish

Highly colourful, coral trout (or Coral Grouper in the US) are stunning fish with delicate white flesh.

Freshly filleted trout ready for cooking

Prepping our fresh fish for cooking starts with filleting.

  • Fillet the fish.
  • Trim off the blood and cut fish into bite-size pieces. Sharpen your knife >> this way.
  • Using a bag, lightly coat with flour.
  • Thinly slice three garlic cloves and mix into melted butter on the hotplate.
  • Cook fish over medium heat until golden brown.

Watch our demo video below as we cook up our glorious coral trout specimen.




Garlic butter trout is delicious and one of my favourite ways to cook coral trout.

The flesh is so white and the texture so delicate - just be sure and not to overcook it.

We did this catch and cook in Cooktown. What a magic little town.

And a previous catch and cook was also done here using fish wraps.

However, Cooktown is notorious for bad weather and this trip was no exception.

We got chased off the foreshore by a squall, interrupting filming of our garlic butter trout segment.

After racing back to the van it was no less enjoyable.

Beach BBQ as the rain clouds roll in

Beach BBQ as the rain clouds roll in...

Garlic butter trout with salad on the plate

From ocean to plate - garlic butter trout... YUM!

So there you have it... Our garlic butter trout recipe!

We hope you enjoyed the video.

You can find some tips on how to catch coral trout here.

And here are some more free tips to help you fish smarter and become a great angler.

About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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