I like trout, they are nice fish smoked , steamed , or grilled , brown , sea or rainbow. I have spent a good couple of hours watching them in the rivers of Yorkshire this weekend. But this particular specimen I have called all kinds of very rude names. Why? , well at 3llb 12oz (Nicks biggest and proudest catch so far) this monster Rainbow Trout has been sitting in the freezer for months; catching it’s tail in the door , falling out onto my feet and generally getting in the way.
The problem was I kept saving it to smoke on the BBQ, but so I needed both time to defrost it and a bright sunny couple of hours to smoke it. This summer is thwarting me so instead, and with spring sea trout recipes abounding I lost my patience and instead opted for a simple oven steam and serving with the best seasonal watercress and Lincolnshire new potatoes.
Allowing the potatoes to soak in the poaching liquid and a light dressing of fish-loving fennel seed and lemon made a delightful dish and earned the fish my forgiveness.
Sometimes simple is best and the beauty of this is that two huge fillets barely made a dent so I will have plenty left for sandwiches and salads. Meanwhile Nick has an excuse to hit the waters again.
Fennel Dressed Rainbow Trout, New Potatoes and Watercress
Fennel Dressing 1 part roasted fennel seed ( Place in a warm
oven or pan until golden brown) , 1 part rape seed oil 1 part fresh
lemon juice , pinch of salt .
Fennel Steamed Rainbow Trout
2 tbsp of fennel seeds
3 cloves of garlic
1 lemon sliced and placed in the trout belly
Salt and Pepper
- Rub the trout skin with the salt , pepper and fennel seeds.
- Fill the belly with lemon, garlic and a few sticks of rosemary.
- Wrap in foil and add a dash of water or white wine
- Bake in the oven at 200degC for 20mins per pound
- Pour off the cooking liquor and reserve to toss the boiled potatoes in it while the fish rests
Layer fillets of the fish on top of liquor soaked potatoes , place a generous helping of watercress on top and dress with fish with a toasted fennel dressing