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03 November 2019


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Steelhead is somewhere between salmon and rainbow trout. Next time you might try replacing the oil with a thin coating of garlic mayonnaise mixed with a couple drops of fish sauce. Works fine out here on the left coast; in fact it will probably be on the table tonight.

Elora Danan

Haz la receta de Marmitako con el la próxima vez....Pat...
Si la carne es rosa podria resultar como el atún...de rico, quiero decir...

Elora Danan

Ah, es una trucha...pero gigante...

Aquí se toma la trucha, pequeña o mediana, con jamón serranov...frita..o al horno con patatas panadera...


It's an ocean-going rainbow.


Protecting steel-head trout in unnatural breeding areas in California is behind much of its self-imposed drought parts of this state faces.

Requires releasing huge amounts of reservoir water just to keep some steel-head trout using waterways well outside their natural breeding grounds. Water that does not end up in the public water supply - so our toilets do not get flushed and our plants die.

We hate steel-head trout in these parts of Southern California, which remain quite abundant in plenty of other areas for their natural breeding cycle. Please enjoy every single bite of this non-endangered fish. We would like to bite its head off too.


What were your side dishes perchance? I enjoyed fishing for steel heads many moons ago.

I love smoked salmon, I can eat it all day long.

Jim Ticehurst

My dad was a Master at catching Steelhead in Washington Rivers out around Forks...He could walk to a river full of fishermen and Catch one right away..His Smoked Salmon and Steelhead was fantastic..We frequently have White Rice and Steamed Broccoli as Side Dishes..Squeezes of Fresh lemon Wedges,,,..

Jose Lopez

That is how SWMBO likes to serve it..lol


Don’t even know where to begin but why can’t you just let this man eat his dinner ?
No one hates Steelhead. They are a majestic, delicious fucking trout-salmon whatever.
No one hates the Steelhead. What are you, a cattle rancher?

John Minnerath

"fucking trout-salmon whatever", why don't you find out what they are before you start castigating others opposed to trying to introduce them into areas where they were never native.
What do you have against cattle ranchers?, or are you just against eating red meat?


We have them in the great lakes also.
Wonderful fish!
Quite delicious smoked also.


Yup - the greasier the better for smoking. Lake trout are too greasy for regular eating but man do they smoke well. Same for humpies (pinks).


Well, if they were indeed artifically introduced, their introducers or their introduction into "not natural" (organic) living or breeding grounds may have indeed triggered some type of chain-reaction as Factotum may suggest.

Lot of news about California Fire but concerning water matters are much more difficult to grasp. Other than the impression it has been going on for more then one century? Guessing on the part of this outsider?

Thus what are facts and what is fiction. Biologically, historically conceerning the Rainbow Trout vs the Steelhead.

Elora Danan



Rainbow trout, or at least the coastal version of Rainbows, are landlocked Steelhead. But the Steelhead taste better when they first enter the rivers from the ocean and are steel gray in color. Once they have been in fresh water for awhile their color turns and they get that red banding.

There used to be Steelhead runs many years ago in the rivers of Southern California. I caught them as a boy 60 years ago in the Santa Margarita river of San Diego County. Nowadays you probably won't find them south of Frisco Bay and they are endangered there.


Your ignorance is astounding, only outdone by your arrogance. 90% of the water problems in California come from your excessive agricultural industry, pulling vast amounts of water that is simply not sustainable. Stop with the Allman farms, stop with the alfalfa farms, stop draining the Colorado river and start controlling your population. You're dooming all of us


Very true!
Usually get a few coming from lake Erie during season and smoke with cherry wood.
Hard to make them last long.

Gotdon Reed

You are very misinformed, steelhead were on e abundant in California but their range and numbers as well as salmon have been reduced drastically.

Unhinged Citizen

Colonel, you've not had trout until you've had it poached in half an inch of white wine and dill/shallots.


Dear Colonel, sounds like it might do well with a miso marinade, which works really well on black cod - a delicate taste and high fat content are key.

You make the marinade of a cup of sake, a few tbsp of mirin, some sugar, a bit of soy sauce, and a touch of sesame oil. Heat, stirring constantly until its a third the volume, add a few tbsp of miso, and stir until a thick paste. wash and dry the fish, smear the miso over the (washed, dried) fish and leave in the fridge 1-4 days. Scrape the miso off and bake or grill. The sugar caramelizes, and its not salty, but very delicate.

Here is the original recipe:


“For many of us, peace and serenity is watching the sun set with a glass of ice cold beverage and the company of sweet vocals of birds and streaming river. Adding the extreme pleasure is having the crappie, perch and the blue gill as your dinner. Just the thing for a productive day of fishing.

Now among the variety of options that you have, trout is something that you really need to try. This is a freshwater fish and one of the best delicacies similar to the salmon...”

Working on it boss:


Arguiñano, he is the best of the best.
Dried tomato paste, hmmmm sounds great, plus pasta sheets filled with serrano ham..... trouts fried covered wich chick pea flour, I tell you, when it comes to cooking Spain kicks, same with wines, we have not been as smart sss as the french when it comes to marketing.
I remember in British Columbia, going fishing with friends, I would take the frying pan, the guys did the fishing, the cooking was for me.

Chris Cook

50 years? Lol, you're sadly mistaken. Steelhead are quick growing and only live 4-6 years on average.


Chris Cook

"Steelhead are also larger and less colorful than rainbow trout. Steelhead can weigh up to 55 pounds (26 kg) and reach 45 inches (114 cm) in length. They can live up to 11 years and spawn multiple times." wiki You are sort of right.

Elora Danan

Are you a Spaniard living in Canada, by any casuality, Paco?

Yes, Arguiñano is good, and the recipes he shows in his program ( which I think it is viewed in LatinAmerica too ) are easy to do even fo daily menus while at the same time get always very well presented.

But, classic recipes of always, of those from home, like Trucha a la Navarra are always very tasty while at the same time very nutritious and equilibrated...Are you a Spaniard living in Canada, by any casuality, Paco?

Yes, Arguiñano is good, and the recipes he shows in his program ( which I think it is viewed in LatinAmerica too ) are easy to do even fo daily menus while at the same time get always very well presented.

But, classic recipes of always, those from home, like Trucha a la Navarra, are always very tasty, while at the same time very nutritious and balanced....In fact, almost all great Basque cooks learnt from their mothers and aunties...like Arzak, Barasategui, and so on...then, they went innovating...

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