Trout. The word itself is plaid and sporty, evoking images of anglers standing in pristine waters at break of day. They want to bring home the Big One, a fish worthy of the effort and patience invested in catching it. Have you ever gone trout fishing and experienced that ecstatic rush when you feel a tug at the end of your line? Ok, neither have I.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a nice trout dinner once in a while. Prepared correctly, trout makes an exquisite meal. My grandfather, a”h, was an outstanding gourmet chef, a restaurateur who knew that you don’t need elaborate preparation to create a true gourmet experience. He would buy a rainbow trout fillet (with the skin on) and sprinkle it with some kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and paprika, drizzle it with olive oil and broil it until it was crispy around the edges. That was all! The minute I took my first bite of his wonderful trout, my love affair began with that fish. I’ve loved it ever since and even included that simple recipe in my first cookbook, Quick & Kosher: Recipes From the Bride Who Knew Nothing.
If you need convincing from a health point of view, consider this: Trout is an excellent source of those good nutrients our bodies need, including Omega 3s, iron, vitamins and protein. But I eat it because it’s delicious.
If you’ve worked with fillets, now it’s time to graduate to the whole fish. This is the big leagues my friends, but it’s really not difficult at all. I’ll show you how to prepare a light, healthy din din that is a fitting tribute to those who sat for hours waiting for a nibble on the fishing line – or to those who stood on line at the fish store waiting to be served. Same thing.
(If you’re anything like this city girl, and you want to be able to say you caught this trout yourself -- ask the guy at the fish counter to toss it over to you.)
So here is my recipe for Mediterranean Baked Trout with Fennel Salad. Make it once, and you’ll do it again.
Some more tasty trout recipes:
• Chef Jeff’s Tasty Trout Salad
• Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad
• Crispy Rainbow Trout (Grandpa’s specialty!)
• Trout with Herbs and Feta Cheese
• Trout Almandine
Do you have memories of grilling fish after a long day at the lake? Share with me -- so I can live through you!