Trout Kabayaki with Avocado

By • June 15, 2012 • 5 Comments

Author Notes: Recently Grace Parisi had a recipe for trout using the typical sticky sweet unagi sauce. We eat eel on rice with avocado quite a bit and I was really intrigued by the idea of using trout which is so easy to find in Colorado so we tried it with a few modifications. I was surprised at how eel-y trout turned out to be. This dish is quick, cheap and satisfying. We use a green vegetable of some form and had sugarsnaps this time, but we usually do a sesame kale or spinach. savorthis

Serves 2


  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 trout fillets


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • pepper
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, julienned
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili garlic
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy
  • sesame seeds
  • cooked rice
  • cilantro
  • a green side (asparagus, sugarsnap peas, kale, spinach) cooked quickly in oil with garlic
  1. Mix vinegar, sambal, sugar, s&p until dissolved. Add carrots, jalapeño and cucumber, toss and set aside. This can be done a day or two ahead and stored in the fridge.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Cook the shallots over medium low heat in some oil until medium brown. Add ginger for a few minutes then soy, mirin and sugar and simmer on low for about 12 minutes or until thick. Be careful to not burn. Cool and blend. Set aside.
  4. Broil trout skin side up for a couple minutes and remove skin. Slather sauce on trout and broil for a couple minutes slathering twice more. Gently flip and do the same for a few more minutes. Set aside.
  5. Mash avocado and mix with mayo, sweet chili, soy, lime and s&p to taste.
  6. Put a mound of rice on a plate. Top with trout, pickled veggies, your green veggie of choice and avocado. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Comments (5) Questions (0)


almost 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

It never occurred to me to try kabayaki sauce on a different type of fish. Your trout sounds like a winner!


almost 2 years ago savorthis

It's really surprising how eel-y it is! I imagine it is good on a variety of fish.


about 2 years ago arielleclementine

what fun! i love eel and am excited to try this eel-y trout of yours! thanks for the recipe :)


about 2 years ago savorthis

Thanks! I only used to like smoked trout and this is the first method that has excited me enough to make this recipe several times.


about 2 years ago savorthis

This is really frustrating- half my ingredients disappeared and now I am unable to edit. Until the avocado appears in the list, pay no mind!