Trout may not be the first fish to come to mind when you mention delicious fish dishes. You probably think of salmon or tuna. Somehow, trout got the false reputation of being somewhat a bland tasting fish. Well, that’s not entirely the fish’s fault. Trout that is well-prepared is a delight to your taste buds. Here are some mouth-watering trout recipes to get you started:
Grilled Trout with Lemon and Butter
Grilling may be the most basic way to cook a fish. This recipe, simple as it may be, brings out the best of the trout. To grill a trout, make sure you choose a fresh fish from a trusted source, then start cooking.
- Prepare your grilling surface and have it hot and ready.
- Clean your fish, but without removing its skin or cutting off the head or the tail, you want it whole.
- Cut a number of inch-deep slices (it’s not geometry, slicing sizes may vary) on each side of the trout.
- Mix together a generous portion of butter, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and your favorite herbs. If you don’t have a favorite herb, go with dill.
- Melt a quarter of your butter portion and put it aside for now.
- Spread that butter mix on both sides of the fish and make sure it goes inside the sliced cracks.
- Put thin slices of lemon on top of the buttered fish on each side, and in between the cracks.
- Put the fish on the sizzling grill, about six inches away from the source of the heat.
- Carefully flip your fish after 6 to 8 minutes.
- Pour half of that melted butter mix on the cooked side of the fish
- Remove the fish after another 6 to 8 minutes, put it on a rack and immediately pour the rest of the butter mix on the other side.
Trout is an excellent carrier of flavor and this recipe is the perfect proof as it becomes a zesty, rich and satisfyingly moist delicacy. Pair it with a summer salad and enjoy it.
Smoked Trout Benedict
Trout has a texture similar to salmon and it tastes equally delicious when smoked. Based on recipes from Mere Trout, you can easily make your own cold or hot smoked trout and enjoy every last bit of it. One of the most delicious ways to eat smoked trout is in eggs, Benedict. While the competition continues between the Royale and the Florentine, the recipe combines them together in a brunch dish to remember:
- Purchase some cold smoked trout.
- Slice open a fresh English muffin, butter, and toast both pieces.
- In a pan, sauté a small onion and chopped garlic in some olive oil, then add fresh spinach and continue to sauté until cooked.
- Prepare 2 poached eggs.
- Prepare hollandaise sauce. Below is an easy way to do it.
- Combine raw egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl and whisk them together until the mixture is smooth.
- Slowly pour some melted butter on the yolk mix while continuously whisking.
- Put your mixture in the microwave for about 20 minutes
- Take it out of the microwave and whisk the sauce again until smooth.
- Assemble your Benedict: a muffin, Florentine, smoked trout, poached egg, then Hollandaise sauce.
- Add some chives or diced dill for garnish.
Whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner, this trout deliciousness will leave you wanting more.
Oven Roasted Trout with Sun-dried Tomatoes
Most fish generally do not require much time to cook, trout are among the fastest. This recipe gives you a home-cooked dish to die for, prepared in only half an hour!
- Preheat your oven to high heat.
- Slice open the trout. You may use trout fillets but make sure they are cut thick.
- Mix together a cup of olive oil, diced parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Cover the fish with the oil, herbs, and seasoning from all sides and put it in your baking pan.
- Cover the dish with sun-dried tomatoes and pour over the remaining oil mixture.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and start baking.
- Bake the fish for about 20 minutes.
- Once cooked, remove the aluminum foil cover and let the fish cool down before moving it to your serving plate.
- The oil mixture and the tomatoes will make a sort of sauce that goes exceptionally well with white rice.
It is tasty, it is light, and it is quick. What more can you ask for?! These recipes are only the tip of the iceberg. Trout can be added to different salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, egg dishes, and much more. You can have trout for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. You can eat trout cold smoked, hot smoked, grilled, roasted, stir-fried, or shredded. You can enjoy a good trout in so many different ways, it is an excellent fish for experimenting with your culinary skills and enjoy its savory delights.