Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad

Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad

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From: EatingWell Magazine May/June 2007

This freshwater favorite is a snap on the grill. Grilling with the skin on keeps the fish from falling apart and gives the skin a delightful crispy texture. Grill some garlic-rubbed bread and enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon, plus 4 whole sprigs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 15-ounce can small white beans, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 4 cleaned whole rainbow trout, (about 5 ounces each; see Shopping Tip)
  • 12 thin slices of lemon, (1-2 lemons)


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  1. Whisk chopped tarragon, lemon juice, oil, shallot, 1/4 teaspoon salt, sugar and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl until combined. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dressing; add beans and peppers to the rest and toss to combine.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high. Coat a large fish-grilling basket with cooking spray. Stuff each trout with 3 slices lemon and 1 tarragon sprig. Sprinkle inside and out with the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place in the basket.
  3. Grill the fish until the skin is golden and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Carefully remove the lemon and tarragon, drizzle the fish with the reserved dressing and serve with the bean salad.
  • Shopping Tip: You can buy trout with the bones and heads removed (easier than cleaning them yourself); for this recipe, each cleaned trout should weigh about 5 ounces.
  • Fish on foil: Fish that flakes easily requires a delicate touch to flip on the grill. If you want to skip turning it over when grilling, measure a piece of foil large enough to hold the fish and coat it with cooking spray. Grill the fish on the foil (without turning) until it flakes easily and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 311 calories; 14 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 89 mcg folate; 67 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 671 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 92 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 665 mg sodium; 739 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

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