Spring Trout with Dijon Mustard

April first is opening day for trout fisherman in the Finger Lakes tributaries. Catherine Creek which runs into Seneca Lake being the most famous, but any tributary to any of the larger finger lakes is likely to host a run of spawning rainbows. Lake fishing gets back in gear with many people running planner boards along the shore line of Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes looking for hungry trout and salmon. So, what to do with some spring caught trout?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 medium trout fillets
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard ( I prefer the stone-ground)
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt

Extra-virgin olive oil

In a wide flat dish, combine the bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt, to taste.

In a small bowl, mix together the mustard and the juice of 1 lemon. Brush both sides of the trout with mustard mixture. Then coat the fish on both sides with the seasoned bread crumbs and press firmly to adhere the crumbs to the fish.

Coat a large skillet with about 1/4 to 1/2-inch of olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat. Add the fish to the pan and cook about 6 to 7 minutes. Carefully turn the fish over and cook the other side until the fish is brown and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. This is where those long thin fish spatulas come in handy. Trying to do this with small spatulas usually breaks the fillet.

Remove the fish from the pan and drain on paper towels. I recommend the Duck Walk white with this and since the trout is packed with strong flavors with the Dijon mustard, I keep the sides simple a spring greens salad and rice.

spring trout

Paprika Pan Fried Trout

Trout remains one of farmed fishing best kept success secrets. Trout has been ‘farmed’ here on long island for a long time. The Cold Springs Harbor hatchery has been active for 100 years now. The even host there own ‘catch and keep’ program in the waters around Cold Spring Harbor. So, what would be a simple way to handle your trout… how about a Smokey Paprika pan fried fillet.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 or 2 Trout fillets
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 plate of all-purpose flour
  • Dash of smoky paprika
  • Salt and pepper to season the flour

 

Mix a dash of smoky paprika with a table spoon or two of flour and place that on a plate.

Dredge the trout fillets through the four and season with a little salt and pepper.

Heat a pan over a moderate high heat and melt the butter. Turn down the heat; do not let the butter burn. Toss the fillets in and listen to the sizzle.

Wait just a minute or two to flip the fillets once the flesh firms up.

Give the fish another minute or two then plate them up.

Serve with fresh veggies and perhaps some skillet potatoes.

pan fried trout

Memorial Day Grilled Trout

Western Beef; that place with the great meat room, has a special on whole trouts. Memorial Day – Trout, hmmm GRILLING! The great advantage of grilling whole trout is that you don’t have to worry too much about it falling apart and you can stuff the fish with all kinds of flavors. Pack whole trout with lemon and lime slices, whole sprigs of rosemary, and cloves of garlic or anything else you like. Once the fish is cooked the skin comes off easily and you can quickly pull the bones right out of the fish.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  1 whole trout cleaned
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • Foil

Rinse the trout, making sure the cavity is clean. Pat it dry. Slice the lemon and lime. Now I use the central 1/3 of the lemon and the line to make the slices, saving the outer 2 thrids for squeezing later.

Place the slices inside the trout’s cavity with a sprig of thyme, fresh thyme. Now wrap this in foil and place on a medium heat grill… about 300 degrees or so. Place two ears of unhusked corn on the grill with the fish.

In twenty minutes, when the beers are sufficiently cooled, take the fish off the grill and unwrap. Lets eat.