Alternative title: Since taking up a healthier diet I’ve developed an odd craving for fish…I don’t think it’s a bad thing…I just think it’s bloody odd.
“So erm…I could like…Really go for a piece of Salmon right about now” my brain whispers.
“We’re making Trout later…Just hold out until then” I whisper back.
“But I want some now!” It’s becoming petulant.
“It would mean going to the store to get everything…” I mutter.
“I don’t see a problem with this”…I sometimes wonder if my brain models itself on Sheldon Cooper.
“The problem is I’m in my pyjamas, it’s freezing outside and it’s 2 in the sodding morning”.
“Most people go shopping in their pyjamas nowadays…Some of them just go in their underpants and flip-flops!”
“The fish counter is shut until the morning so just go the fudge to sleep!”
So as promised, the next morning I carted my brain up to the local Sainsburys and their awesome fish counter in search of trout fillets…
For those of you concerned with Ethical/Sustainable fishing (if you followed Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s “Fish Fight” you’ll probably know what I’m whittering about) then you’ll be happy to know that the Sainsburys Loch (Rainbow) Trout fillets I picked up are part of the Freedom Food campaign (look for the logo!).
I picked up three fillets, one for me, one for my mum and one for her friend (I cooked this as part of Mother’s Day weekend but I was too excited about the Chocolate-Banana Smoothie recipe to realise I hadn’t mentioned this dish)…I also picked up a piece of chilli butter for each fillet (which is free with the fish!).
If you ask the fishmonger they’ll put the fish in a cooking bag for you…I preferred to cook mine in individual tin toil parcels with a bit of olive oil (that way I knew each fillet had their own portion of butter). Whichever packaging the fish comes in you’ll get some lovely cooking instructions, which is awesome for me as I’m a total trout-cooking novice!
Basically, you pre-heat the oven to 180C, Gas Mark 4 and place the fish on a baking tray (in their tin foil parcels or cooking bag) onto the middle shelf. Then cook for 14-16 minutes (I opted for 15 minutes and that was enough).
Serve it with whatever veggies you like…I picked crushed baby potatoes with chives and green beans.
I steamed the potatoes for 25 minutes (until tender) and the green beans for 5 minutes (so they still had a bit of crunch!). I then crushed the potatoes with a fork (though a masher would have been easier…sigh) and chopped some fresh chive into it…Add a little at a time until you get the right mix for you if you try this.
I did mean to take an after photo but I was three quarters of the way through the meal before my brain said “weren’t you supposed to be documenting the process?”…Balls. So take my word for the fact that the fish was absolutely amazing; it had a delicate flavour (which is great as the human guinea pigs don’t like overly-fishy fish…Yeah, odd I know), soft flaky flesh and the chilli gave a bit of heat but in no way did it overpower the fish.
Seriously folks, if you haven’t tried trout it’s well worth a go!
If you want to know where to buy sustainable fish here’s a link to Hugh’s list.
So fish lovers, which fish is your favourite? And how do you prefer to cook/serve it?