Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pan Seared Trout w/ Black Trumpet Mushrooms & Almond Caper Dressing

Well, the weather is supposed to get crazy overnight.  Everybody is all in a ruckus because it's supposed to be freezing rain and snow and all that jazz.  My meteorologist friend said that it's supposed to be at it's worst between 4 and 10 am.  Guess who has to work at 7 am tomorrow?  This girl.

Mr. Invincible (I call Andy that because he thinks that just because he drives a Jeep, he can run over/through anything) is going to have to take me to work if it gets too bad.  I have bad weather driving anxiety (yes, I made that condition up, but I'm sure some of you can relate!).  So here's hoping that it won't be too bad!  But if it is,  I'm sure I'll complain about it tomorrow!

Anyway, I love fast and easy fish dishes, and this is just that!  And I'm pretty sure it's hella healthy too, so you can't beat that, right? 

Oh, and I'd just like to give a shout out to the blog Elly Says Opa! because I actually won my first blog giveaway!  Out of 274 comments, mine was picked!  And guess what I won!  The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, an ice cream scooper (which I've needed for like... forever!), and a $25 gift card to the Spice House!  Pretty awesome, eh?  So definitely check out Elly Says Opa because there's tons of awesome recipes over there!

So let's get to that trout!

Adapted from a Food & Wine Recipe

1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins, chopped
1/8 cup capers, drained
6 tablespoons olive oil
juice from 1 lemon
8 oz. package of dried black trumpet mushrooms
6 scallions, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 8 oz. rainbow trout fillets

Place black trumpet mushrooms in a small bowl and add enough water to cover.  Let sit until rehydrated, about 20-25 minutes.

In another small bowl, mix together the almonds, raisins, capers, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, and lemon juice.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil under medium high heat.  Add the mushrooms and cook until tender and starting to crisp, about 4-5 minutes.  Add the scallions and cook until browned, about 2-3 more minutes.  Take off heat and set aside.

In another skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil under medium high heat.  Sprinkle trout with salt and pepper on both sides.  Add trout to skillet, skin-side down and cook for about 4-5 minutes.  Gently flip over and cook an additional 1-2 minutes longer. 

Transfer trout to plates and top with almond/caper dressing.  Serve with some black trumpet mushrooms and a side salad and you've got yourself one healthy jam-packed meal!

I absolutely loved this meal.  The original recipe called for flounder, but Whole Foods didn't have any this past weekend, so we opted for the Rainbow Trout... it never disappoints!  This was a light, but oh so filling meal and definitely hit the spot!  And hey, it was done in a matter of minutes (if you don't count the whole rehydrating the mushrooms part, of course!).  Enjoy guys!


  1. Looks good (of course)! I love easy fish dishes too. I don't make fish very often though...I'm not sure why? Hubby & I both love it. Gonna have to work on that. Be safe in the morning! I'm sure it will be icy here too :(

  2. Congrats on your win. pan seared trout with black trumpet looks delicious. sorry that you have to work tomorrow.Take care, be safe.

  3. I love trout fillets! Good call! My dad doesn't have a Jeep, but he's always the designated really bad weather driver in my family, haha. I guess every house has one :)

  4. Congrats on your win. What a lovely combo! Looks so yummy...

  5. I heard that too! It's COLD! This dish is wonderful.

  6. What a beautifully composed dish!

  7. wow lovely trout recipe and congrats on winning your first giveaway

  8. Congrats on your first giveaway win! Isn't it exciting? And 274 comments? Wow, maybe a lottery ticket tomorrow after work? This dish sounds great! I'm a fan of trout and would gobble this down in no time flat.

  9. Congratulation on your prize.
    Over here is very cold too.
    Lovely, quick and delicious dish.
    Take care ♥

  10. YUM! Now All I have to do is find some good fish....

  11. It is supposed to snow here tomorrow too. I just hope it stops so I can hop on my flight to the USA on Saturday!

  12. I won't lie- I'm terrified of cooking fish. I don't know why, but I just can't do it! So I'm jealous because the trout looks fantastic!

    And almonds are one of my fav garnishes... to put on almost anything!

  13. looking delicious and colorfull...

  14. What a delicious sounding dish. I've bookmarked this to try as soon as I have some time. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  15. Winning giveaways is fun! I've won a couple, it's fun getting those new items in the mail! Your fish looks delicious, and that says a lot coming from me as I am not the biggest fan of fish!

  16. Almonds and raisins with fish. That is something I will have to try. It looks very interesting combo.

  17. I love quick/elegant meals! This looks delicious, Peggy!

    Man, we're having crazy weather here in 'schalnd, but NOTHING compared to the winters I remember stateside. whew!I hope your fiance get you to work safe and sound, and the weather isn't too horrible!!!

    Oh and congrats on the giveaway!!! You won some awesome stuff!!!

  18. What a gorgeous trout! Hope the weather isn't too bad.

  19. Congrats on your win!! I have never heard of raisins with a fish dish. That's pretty interesting ;) Looks like a nice and healthy dish ;)

  20. Wow your trout looks gorgeous! I would have never of thought to pair raisins with fish, what a great idea. :) It's been forever since I've had trout, I think it's about time I get some after seeing how delicious yours looks!

  21. Congrats on your win Peggy..
    The dish looks right out of the cover page of a fancy cookbook, very nicely done!

    US Masala

  22. oh man! that looks good. i've been on the look-out for easy fish dishes and this one looks great!

  23. Oh wow! All of these flavors sound lovely! While I don't eat fish, I'm definitely inspired by this...gonna have to think about a good sub. Thanks so much for sharing!!



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