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Ocean Trout with Coleslaw and Crispy Smoked Bacon

Photo: William Meppem; Styling: Lynsey Fryers
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, 2/3 cup slaw, and 1 bacon piece)
Skin-on fish holds together better on the grill—plus the skin gets deliciously crisp and lightly charred. The Strodes use Australian bacon, called bacon rashers or back bacon. Because that's less available in the States, we recommend Canadian bacon.

Ingredients

  • 6 (3/4-ounce) pieces Canadian bacon
  • 6 (6-ounce) skin-on ocean trout, steelhead trout, or salmon fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise (such as Spectrum)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 327
  • fat 17.7 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 8 g
  • polyfat 5.2 g
  • protein 35.3 g
  • carbohydrate 5.1 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 90 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 457 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  2. Place bacon on grill rack; grill 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from grill; set aside.

  3. Sprinkle fish evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange fish on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

  4. Combine cabbages, parsley, and onion in a large bowl. Combine vinegar, oil, and mustard in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; stir in mayonnaise. Add vinegar mixture, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper to cabbage mixture, tossing to coat. Top slaw with bacon just before serving with fish.

  5. Wine note: The rich pink meat of ocean trout (or salmon) can easily handle a lighter red wine, especially when prepared with crispy smoked bacon. Bogle Pinot Noir 2008 ($14), from California's cool Russian River Valley, is medium-bodied with light berry and cherry flavors that won't overpower the dish, while a beam of bright acidity helps to balance the fish's healthful natural fats. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Cook's Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.