A good piece of fish makes a fancy, healthy, and fast meal.
Becky Low shares her recipe for Citrus Trout.
1 cup Creme Fraiche (recipe below)
4 teaspoons prepared horseradish, to taste
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2-3 pounds trout or other fish, filleted
½ cup kosher salt
½ cup sugar
¼ cup apple cider
4 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
4 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lime zest
Stir together creme fraiche, horseradish and vinegar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If needed, fillet fish; remove fine bones using tweezers. Place fillets on baking sheet with sides, skin side down. Mix together salt, sugar, apple cider, orange, lemon, and lime zests. Spread over prepared fish fillets. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Using a paper towel, gently rub excess marinade from fish and pat dry. Bake, broil, or grill* until fish flakes easily and is cooked through.
* Grilling on a gas grill: Use a well oiled fish basket or grill tray. Heat grill to high (with grill tray inside); for grill marks, place fillets skin side up on grill tray, turn grill heat down to low/medium-low and cook about 3 minutes. Carefully turn fillets over, skin side down, and continue to grill (2-3 minutes longer) until done.
Lightly smoked grilled fillet: Heat grill to low/medium-low heat. Spread approximately ½-¾ cup dry wood chips in a metal or foil 9×13 pan, cover loosely with foil and poke 3-4 holes in top. Remove grill grate using tongs, place pan directly over flame diffuser, replace grate and close lid. When heaviest of smoke has subsided, place fillets skin side down on a grill tray and close lid. Cook 5-8 minutes or until done.
Homemade Creme Fraiche
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon cultured buttermilk
Stir together whipping cream and cultured buttermilk (may substitute yogurt, I prefer buttermilk). Cover lightly and allow to culture at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Store in refrigerator for about a week.
Becky Low represents The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada. For delicious dairy recipes and nutrition information go to www.dairycouncilutnv.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/DairyUTNV. For nutrition research go to www.nationaldairycouncil.org.