Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Trout in the Pot

There is an Irish saying, a trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.  Last night, I had a large trout fillet wrapped in butcher paper and a fast-dropping temperature outside going down into the 20s.  Brrr!  Not a good night to grill.  I found a super easy recipe from the Food Network that I could cook under the broiler.  Herbed Trout Fillets by Emeril Lagasse. Paired it with a simple salad and the last of the garden tomatoes.  Oh my goodness!  So fast, so tasty!

I decided to use this recipe about 10 minutes before I started preparing it, and wasn't going back to the grocery, so I had to improvise a little.  I already had the Essence mixed up because I keep it on hand for chicken cacciatore.  I had some fresh parsley still alive outside, huddled against the garage.  I didn't have any fresh oregano, so I used about 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano. I didn't have any chives either, so I just left those out.  I don't know if it was because my trout was thicker than Emeril's, or if it was my broiler, but I had to cook my trout about 10 minutes.  Still turned out fabulous. My husband loved it, too.

Herbed Trout Fillets  

Emeril Lagasse


  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) sea trout fillets, with skin
  • Lemon wedges, as accompaniment


Preheat broiler, or grill.
In a medium mixing bowl combine lemon juice, Essence, garlic, parsley, chives and oregano. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Arrange fillets skin sides down in an oiled shallow baking dish. Brush fish with vinaigrette.
Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup


  1. yummy! wondering if you can do this with tilapia, it's what I have today. Regardless, I'm thinking of broiling instead of skillet cooking today.

  2. Ha! That is an excellent saying! That fish looks so yummy, especially when I'm starving for lunch! Thanks for stopping by Kaitlin and Kylie's. Your posts look great; I'd love to have you at The Blog Entourage anytime.

  3. This sounds delicious and healthy!

  4. You are making me hungry!!
    Always great to stop by your blog and see what you are up to.


  5. Your recipe sounds delicious. Can't believe you came up with that in 10 minutes. Great improvisation.


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