Fennel Dressed Rainbow Trout, New Potatoes and Watercress

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

  1. Rub the trout skin with the salt , pepper and fennel seeds.
  2. Fill the belly with lemon, garlic and a few sticks of rosemary.
  3. Wrap in foil and add a dash of water or white wine
  4. Bake in the oven at 200degC for 20mins per pound
  5. 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

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