Fish is one of the main ingredients of the most delectable dishes in the world. Trout, in particular, is known for being one of the tastiest types of fish that can be cooked in many ways. So, if you are a fan of catching trout and cooking it yourself, you must have some recipes under your belt. Thus, we have compiled a list of the best 7 ways to cook trout if you want to impress your family and have a lovely dinner.
Pan-frying your trout remains one of the best entry-level recipes for people who do not have much experience with cooking fish. All you need is one pound of trout, butter, flour, and some salt and pepper. First, you need to remove the entrails and gills; the head, on the other hand, can be also removed or left as it is based on your preferences. Then, you need to put the trout in a mixture of flour, salt, and pepper. Finally, fry it with some butter in a sizzling pan. The great thing about this recipe is that it only takes 25 minutes to get your trout ready!
You may have heard about smoked salmon, but what about smoked trout? This delicious way of cooking trout will definitely impress everyone, including picky eaters. Start by getting four whole trout, and remove their entrails and gills. Then, you must make a brine composed of salt, sugar, and water, and leave the trout in it overnight. Now, remove the trout from the brine, and let it dry overnight in the fridge. When it comes to smoking, for quality trout, you have two ways of smoking it: cold-smoking and hot-smoking. For cold-smoked trout, leave the trout to smoke for 13 hours at 25oC. On the other hand, leave it only for three hours at 82oC if you want hot-smoked trout. This recipe is time-consuming, so understandably, you may want to go for the ready-made vacuum-packed smoked trout you can find on the market.
For fans of Asian cuisine, this recipe is for you. Cut one cucumber, two shallots, and red chili into small slices, and leave them in a mix of white wine vinegar and black mustard seeds for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, cook your rice noodles, and steam the trout for four minutes. Finally, combine all the ingredients in one dish for a tasty treat. Super easy, right?
With only 292 calories, this dish will certainly be appreciated by people who are on a diet. To prepare this salad, you need to boil the trout with some peas for a minute, then drain the water. You also need to cool the peas and trout under cold flowing tap water. Put the peas and trout in a big bowl with some chives and fennel. To prepare the salad dressing, mix olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and honey, and add the mix to the other ingredients.
This dish makes for a nutritious breakfast, but it needs some preparation beforehand. You will need trout that was smoked the night before, eggs, and bagels. Start with cooking four eggs in a sizzling pan with some butter, and you can add a tablespoon of milk to enhance the taste. Stir until the eggs make soft curds, and assemble your bagels. You can also add chives to increase the nutritional value of the dish.
For lazy afternoons, how about trout jacket potatoes? You need to bake four potatoes for an hour, and then take them out to scoop their middle. Do not discard the middle, and put it in a deep bowl with finely sliced trout pieces. In another bowl, mix some grated horseradish with lemon juice, vinegar, and salt. Finally, mix all the ingredients in one bowl, and put the mixture again in the potato skins to bake them for another 10 minutes.
If you have an oven, then you must try out this dish. Spread some fennel in the center of a baking foil, and put your gutted trout on the fennel. Then, add some lemon slices inside the trout, and close the foil. Put the closed foil on a baking sheet, and let it bake for 25 minutes. After the trout is fully cooked, you can add some parsley on top of it.
There are many ways to enjoy a delicious dish of trout. From traditional smoked trout to new, daring dishes like trout and noodles, you have no excuse not to try this fatty, tasty fish. Just make sure not to let it cook for too long if you want your trout to stay moist.
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia