Wild Trout Oriental Style – Proceed With Caution

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a brace of wild trout recently and decided to cook them in an Oriental style. This caused a bit of a of stir (not a stir fry) at home. The rational used by my detractor (the Wife) was that as they were such a fine pair of fish, they could be let stand on their own merits and there was little need to “Mess around with them with all those ingredients”. Under normal circumstances, I would be the last person to go against the views of the Wife. But, I really wanted to make the most of these delightful ingredients. I pressed ahead and hoped against hope that I would turn out a delicious dish. Wild trout is a delicate fish and needs to be treated in the same way as one might treat an argument against the instincts of the Wife. That is, proceed with caution.

As I was working with such excellent ingredients, I really did go gently. My ingredients list is pretty simple and everything used was carefully selected to add to the quality of the finished dish. Not the usual “open the fridge and see what can be added” approach to my cooking.

Ingredients

  • 2 wild trout
  • 6 to 8 spring onions
  • 1 red chilli
  • 3cm of ginger root
  • 6 or so dried Chinese mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (high grade, light)
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil (high quality)

Place the mushrooms in a bowl and add hot water to reconstitute. When this is done (allow an hour or two) chop all the ingredients (except the fish and the liquids) into matchstick sized shreds.  Cut slashes through the flesh of the fish with a very sharp knife.

Be careful with that sharp knife, don’t cut through.

Assuming you have already got your fishmonger to clean out the fish, stuff the cavities with a mixture of the ingredients. Be sure to retain enough of them to allow you decorate and rub into the slashes in the fish.

The wild trout has a lovely colour

Lay the stuffed and decorated fish out on some greaseproof paper. Pour over the soy sauce and then the sesame oil.

Don’t go overboard with the soy. It is very salty and may overpower the fish.

The soy will mostly run off the fish and will help to make a nice sauce in the base of the steamer. I can’t over-emphasise the need for quality ingredients when cooking such fine fish. Don’t go with cheap sesame oil. It is acrid and clawing. Use the good stuff. It can help overcome any domestic objections to the cooking process.

I said quality, this is quality!

Take a bit of time to get a decent photo of your work. This is one of the most photogenic dishes I have cooked in a long time. Perhaps there is something wrong with me, taking photographs of dead fish for my own amusement?

Before the cooking. They look great.

Pop them into the steamer for 9 minutes. This will be plenty of time to cook the fish and soften the stuffing ingredients enough to allow the flavours stand out nicely.

After the cooking, they still look excellent.

Transfer the fish to a serving dish. I am lucky enough to have a fancy fish themed one that is big enough to hold one of the fish.

These are not small trout. That is a big plate.

To serve the fish, remove the decoration pieces, peel back the skin and carefully lift the flesh off the bones.

What a beautiful colour. Lovely wild trout.

These were big enough to serve four people. As there was only two of us, we enjoyed one of them cold the following day. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” as the old saying goes. For me, the proof of the fish was in the admission by the Wife that this was the best trout she had ever tasted. She is a sensible person and I knew she would agree……

The proof of the pudding as they say….

 

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  • Photographing dead fish and cooking – bliss indeed!

  • Lovely looking trout, and those additions can only complement, not overwhelm

  • Even allowing for your impeccable taste and vast experience, you worried me when you started to talk about oriental wild trout! But, by the penultimate photograph, I was a total convert, bowled over by that beautiful, delicate fish.

  • As one whose idea of trout perfection is based on childhood experiences – out of the river and into the pan 10 minutes later, au naturel – I was/am somewhat hesitant. These are strong flavours. But you know what you’re doing, and I trust the Missus… Now to find trout round here! Maybe when we’re allowed to travel south again – they grow some lovely trout in northern NSW.

  • Those trout look as if they were in the water the morning you cooked them! Trout is a favorite that I don’t eat as often as I would like. I would have been happy to help you polish off the second fish. 😉

  • Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! This is how I have cooked the freshest, the most delectable, the most precious denizens of the ocean since so far back I cannot remember ! Oh Lord, Conor, I do hope to have the opportunity to sit opposite your delightful spouse one day and we could debate the issue to give each other the biggest hug in the end , , , this is perfect !!!

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