• Poached Steelhead Trout made easy

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    Poached Steelhead Trout made easy
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 12 min Servings: 6
    by Nick Roche
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    In an effort to maintaining the goals set forth by this blog from its onset, that is to demonstrating how simplicity in the kitchen can produce wonderful dishes and recipes, we are launching the "Keep it simple" series. Throughout its duration, simple yet savory recipes will be presented from time to time. These recipes will stand out from the rest in that the ingredients will be few and from preparation to presentation will be less than 30 minutes. From personal experience, it's so important now days that with our busy and hectic schedules, we can come home and put an eye appealing and mouth watering dinner together in a minimal amount of time, whether it's dinner for one or party of 4. Not everyone has the time to spend shopping for exotic herbs and ingredients, then come home and spend several hours preparing the dish. And yet, we want to eat healthy, fresh, and flavorful ingredients, not the ones you grab out of the freezer and punch 3 minutes on the microwave dial. This series will make every attempt to achieve the success of simplicity. As our first dish of the series, it's appropriate to present fish, an often times intimidating food item that can present itself with challenges on how to cook it as well as how to season. Beyond that, what side dishes will pair well with it besides steamed rice (yawn). Steelhead Trout (salmon) is a wonderful solid flesh fish that opens up many possibilities; however, this recipe is so simple that it will take less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Apart from having to go to the store to purchase a fresh filet, the ingredients can all be found within the confines of your pantry. As far as pairing a side dish, why not simply boil some baby Yukon Golds or Red potatoes (Baby Yukons, butter, and parsley) and serve them tossed with butter and parsley? How simple is that?


    • 1.5 lb Trout Filet (Steel Head)
    • 1 lemon
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon of dried tarragon
    • 1 pinch of dried basil
    • salt and pepper
    • parsley for garnish
    • 1 lb of fingerling potatoes (or baby yukon golds)


    1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C)
    2. For those of you that are not keen on the rich flavor of Salmon, you may want to try Steelhead. It is a more delicate flavored fish with a much lighter pink color. Be sure to purchase a fresh fillet with the skin still intact on one color. 1 1/2 pounds will serve 4 people comfortably.
    3. Grease a long baking dish with olive oil or butter. Rinse the fillet over cold water but do NOT pat it dry. The remaining water on the fish will help to cook it and remain moist. Place fillet, skin side down, on the baking dish. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and sprinkle the juice over the fillet. Now sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then the salt, pepper, and dried herbs. Slice the lemon and place the slices around the fish.
    4. Bake at 400 for approximately 12 minutes. The fish should have a little give when you push a finger down on it, but it should not be hard to the touch. Remove from oven and let set for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, take your baby potatoes and slice them in halves. Place them in a deep bowl, along with chopped parsley, butter, and salt and pepper. Stir to melt the butter. Dinner is now set. All this took less than 30 minutes and you didn't have to make a long shopping list. How cool is that ??!!

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    • Amanda Herrmann
      This is my absolute favorite recipe! I use this at least twice a week and I poach enough for my lunches and diners for two days. I went from 178 lbs to 140 by eating healthy and exercising a few times a week. I switch it up between salmon and steelhead and I throw it in a spinach and kale salad with tomato, cucumber, avocado and quinoa. I use lemon and oil for dressing and a little Mrs.Dash lemon pepper seasoning. It's sooooooo good. Thanks, Nick!


      • ShaleeDP
        Seems a good recipe for fish. Could try with a different fillet I think. Thanks for this.
        • Nick Roche
          Nick Roche
          Thanks Shalina. I noticed your comment as I realized that I had forgotten to add the baby potatoes to the ingredients list... LOL (and how long has it been since I posted this dish?). In answer to your comment, yes, you could use a different fish for this recipe. A good one is Halibut or True Cod, both very nice white fish.

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