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Pan-Fried Trout with Red Chile Sauce

  • 30 m
  • 30 m
Cheryl & Bill Jamison
“This chile pan sauce is much lighter than one you'd pair with enchiladas or burritos, to keep from overwhelming the delicate trout. ”


    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • 2 tablespoons regular or coarse mild-to-medium-hot red New Mexican chile powder, divided
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¾ cup cornmeal
    • 4 trout fillets (5 ounces each), skin on
    • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
    • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
    • 1 medium shallot, minced
    • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1¼ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (see Tip)


  • 1 Combine buttermilk, 1½ tablespoons chile powder and salt in a shallow bowl. Place cornmeal in another shallow dish. Dip each trout fillet in the buttermilk mixture, coating both sides, then dredge both sides in the cornmeal.
  • 2 Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 fillets skin-side up until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side (it's OK if the pan is crowded). Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil and fillets.
  • 3 Add butter and shallot to the pan; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ½ tablespoon chile powder. Increase heat to medium-high. Add broth and Worcestershire; cook until the sauce is reduced by about one-third, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the trout and sprinkle with pine nuts.
  • Tip: To toast pine nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
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