1 cleaned, boned whole trout (8 to 10 oz.), head and tail removed
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon drained capers
lemon wedges and parsley sprigs
How to Make It
On a dinner plate, mix flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Rinse trout and pat dry; place in flour mixture and turn to coat.
In a 1-quart pan over medium heat, bring butter to a simmer; remove from heat. With a spoon, skim off and discard foam, leaving clarified butter behind.
Pour 1 tablespoon of clarified butter into a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; place trout, skin side down, in pan and cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn with a wide spatula, reduce heat to medium, and cook until fish is barely opaque but still moist- looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 4 minutes longer.
Meanwhile, add capers to remaining clarified butter in pan and shake pan often over medium heat until capers pop open, 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer trout, skin down, to a plate. Spoon caper butter over fish and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Fast, easy, yummy. Great for quick week night. But there is no browned butter, only clarified butter. I adapted the clarification step by melting butter in the microwave and then carefully pouring it through a cheese clothe lined sieve to make sure I didn't get any milk solids. Fried capers, so yummy. A hit with my 16 year-old son. Served with Yukon Gold potatoes, diced and cooked in duck fat in a 425 degree oven and steamed green beans. Altogether a great meal.
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