Simple Trout Duxelles

By • January 5, 2010 • 7 Comments

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Author Notes: Maybe it's my Midwestern upbringing that keeps drawing me back to trout, or maybe it's that they're just so easy to cook and tasty to eat. Whatever the reason, I make this recipe about once a month. It's always delicious, and since it's served whole, it's dramatic and always looks like you put a lot of effort into cooking it. (Trust me... you didn't.) Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to get dinner on the table. Just scale up the recipe if you want to serve more people.MissGinsu

Serves 2

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, sliced thin
  • 1 pound mushrooms (use button, oyster or wild mushrooms), chopped
  • 1 dash salt (or to taste)
  • 1 dash freshly ground pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 whole trout (about 1 1/2 lb each), cleaned and trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (to coat the trout)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a wide skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, then add the shallots and sauté until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pan along with a dash of salt and pepper. Keep the mushrooms moving in the skillet to avoid uneven cooking.
  4. After 10-12 minutes, the mushrooms should have shrunken considerably, losing a lot of their liquid. Add the herbs and season the mixture to taste with a little additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  5. Rub the outside of each fish with the olive oil before placing them lengthwise on a baking sheet. Divide the mushroom mixture in half, spooning one portion into the cavity of each trout.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the flesh of the trout is white and opaque. Serve immediately alongside a good ale and a crisp salad, a nice rice pilaf or a pile of roasted vegetables.
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over 4 years ago NakedBeet

Those ingredients are my go to during the week and now I can put them in trout, too! I love trout.

Missginsu_bike

over 4 years ago MissGinsu

Thanks! Photographing raw meat and fish in a tasty manner is a real challenge. The beauty of fruit and vegetables seems so much easier to capture.

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over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Your photo looks like a painting. Very cool.

Missginsu_bike

over 4 years ago MissGinsu

It's nowhere near as magical as fresh-caught trout, but you can find farm-raised brook trout this time of year... at least in the NYC area.

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over 4 years ago dymnyno

I love trout...this sounds like my kind of fish recipe.

Sodium_girl

over 4 years ago Sodium Girl

This looks great - I go fly fishing in the summer and I cannot wait to try this recipe. August cannot come fast enough.

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over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

I'm a huge fan of trout, too, and this sounds great.