A friend of ours is an avid fisherman. He occasionally bestows upon us the benefits of his labor. This time it was trout. If you've never tasted trout, don't hesitate to buy some if it's available fresh in your area. Trout is a delicious white fish, meatier than flounder or sole. I like to think of it as a cross between salmon and flounder, since it's technically a cousin to salmon but has whitish flesh like flounder.
The key to enjoying fish, no matter what species, is to get it fresh. Nothing is worse than 3-day old (or older) fish that has an odor starting to develop. I guess that's why they say overnight guests are like fish: they both start to stink after 3 days. If someone gives you fish they caught, don't save it. Cook it right away for best flavor.
This recipe was perfect for trout; the honey, lime, ginger and cilantro blended beautifully to accent, without overpowering, the mild yet hearty taste and texture of this wonderful fish. And it didn't hurt that it was easy.
Although I baked it in the oven, the original recipe called for grilling. I subbed olive oil for the vegetable oil in the marinade, and reduced the amount. The only other change I made was to bake, rather than grill, the fish.
Honey-Lime Baked Trout
Source: Adapted from lakeontariooutdoors.com
Rating: 10 out of 10
INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. olive oil
juice from 1/2 lime
3/4 tsp. grated lime zest
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1-1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 skinned and boned trout fillets, about 1/4 to 1/3 lb. each.
In medium plastic resealable bag, combine all marinade ingredients except trout. Close bag and massage to distribute ingredients. Rinse and dry the fillets; add to marinade. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, or up to 2 hours. Heat oven to 400F. Spray a glass baking pan or pie dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place the fish in the pan and pour the marinade over. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or till fish flakes easily when pierced with a knife or fork. Yield: 2-3 servinigs