Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce

Time: 40 minutes. Jamie Lauren cooks fresh summer corn two ways: in a creamy sauce and in an aromatic sauté with tarragon, both for crisp-skinned trout. This is our simplified version.

Yield: Serves 2
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 376
  • Calories from fat: 65%
  • Protein: 17g
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrate: 20g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Sodium: 540mg
  • Cholesterol: 60mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 or 3 ears)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 large whole trout (12 oz.), butterflied, with backbone, pin bones, and head removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh tarragon, plus 2 tbsp. whole tarragon leaves

Preparation

  1. 1. In a medium nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, cook corn in butter, stirring often, until corn begins to turn brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon 2/3 cup into a small saucepan. Set aside frying pan with remaining corn.
  2. 2. Add broth to saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat and simmer, covered, until corn is tender, about 10 minutes. Purée mixture in a blender, then rub through a fine strainer into a microwave-safe bowl, discarding hulls. Stir in cream. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper; set aside.
  3. 3. Open up trout and season on both sides with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Protecting hands, carefully add fish skin side down (it will spatter) and cook, occasionally basting flesh with oil, until skin is well browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking and basting until flesh is no longer pink, 3 to 5 more minutes.
  4. 4. Rewarm corn kernels in frying pan over medium-high heat and stir in chopped tarragon. Microwave corn sauce to rewarm. Cut trout in half with scissors.
  5. 5. Spoon sauce onto 2 plates and arrange a trout half on each, discarding oil in pan. Mound corn on fish and scatter with tarragon leaves. Season with more salt to taste.
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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