If you were just on a fishing trip and managed to catch a couple of trout but have no idea what the best way to cook them is, then you have arrived at the right place. Not only will you be able to find out the necessary steps to take before even cooking the fish, but you will also get a clear idea of what goes best with trout and the various ways you can cook flavorful trout easily through our simple guide.
1. Pre-cooking Steps
Each trout recipe will ask for specific preparation of the trout before beginning to cook it. However, there are some basics that you need to know before embarking on the journey of creating trout dishes to enjoy.
a) Cleaning the Fish (Gutting)
This is quite important to do before even looking at the recipe you want to follow. Cleaning a fish entails taking out all of the organs inside it and thoroughly rinsing it with a water and vinegar solution to ensure that it doesn’t smell or taste fishy after cooking.
This is another essential pre-cooking step since you do not want to have scales on your fish when you are cooking it. You also do not want to eat the scales since it will not be a pleasant experience, to say the least. You can de-scale your fish with a knife if you do not have a de-scaling tool. Just be careful and as thorough as possible so that you do not end up with a mouthful of fish scales.
After you have cleaned and de-scaled the fish, you can start following the recipe to know how exactly the fish should be prepared. For example, if you are cooking a fish fillet then you need to remove the fish bones from the meat, however other recipes may call for a whole fish or for you to remove the fish’s head and tail before proceeding.
2. Pan-fried Trout
This is a relatively easy recipe. All you need is a simple herb mixture to add some flavor to your trout. You can use some thyme, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper, which you’ll find are commonly owned flavoring agents. For this recipe, it is better to get rid of the head of the fish, or simply have it as a fillet. After marinating the trout, you should cover it in flour on both sides, then place it into a hot pan with a small amount of oil (just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan). A tip here is if you have the left the skin on one side, but the fish skin-side down onto the pan to have better results.
3. Smoked Trout
Did you know you could smoke trout just like you could salmon? This process works because trout are fatty fish and the smoke clings to the fat giving the fish an amazing flavor. You cannot just smoke any trout however and expect it to taste amazing. You need to purchase large, premium fish that can yield a good amount of meat from reputable farms if you didn’t manage to catch any large trout yourself. Although this process is not the fastest at preparing trout, the end result is quite satisfactory to one’s palette. If you happen to find the process troublesome, you can always purchase some online just to have a taste to just how wonderful smoked trout is.
4- Garlic Butter Trout in Foil
This is a really easy way to prepare trout, especially if you have no expertise in the kitchen whatsoever. Basically, all you need is trout, a large piece of foil that can be wrapped around the trout, a bunch of garlic cloves and a couple of tablespoons of butter. After adding all the ingredients to the middle of the piece of foil, you wrap it up tight and place it in the oven or on the grill to cook. In this recipe, the trout is usually whole, however, it is laid as flat as possible on the piece of foil so that it cooks evenly.
5- Fried Fish Fillet
If you enjoy fried food, then this is right up your alley. You can have fried trout really quickly. Basically, this recipe follows the same steps as the pan-fried trout, the difference is, instead of lightly flouring the fish, you have to dip it in beaten eggs, then heavily coat with flour before deep-frying it. When it reaches a golden-brown color, it is ready to be taken off the heat and eaten with some fries or rice on the side
Next time you go fishing, make sure to catch more than one fish so that you can try these recipes for yourself and your family. These are just some of the easy and best ways to cook fresh trout. Freshly caught, large trout always make the juiciest meals, so make sure you either use the right bait for larger fish or purchase freshly caught trout from a reputable market.