The cornmeal gives it a nice crunch. Served with writhed greens and rosemary bread.
Trout with Browned Butter and Capers
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 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
- 1. On a dinner plate, mix flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Rinse trout and pat dry; place in flour mixture and turn to coat.
- 2. 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.
- 3. 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.
- 4. Meanwhile, add capers to remaining clarified butter in pan and shake pan often over medium heat until capers pop open, 1 to 2 minutes.
- 5. 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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