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Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad

May/June 2007

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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.


Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon-Tarragon Bean Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

  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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Per serving: 341 calories; 16 g fat (4 g sat, 5 g mono); 74 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 5 g fiber; 654 mg sodium; 812 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (23% daily value), Calcium, Vitamin A & Vitamin C (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat



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Recipe Categories

Ethnic/Regional
Mediterranean
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Fish
Preparation/ Technique
Grill/BBQ
Meal/Course
Dinner

Holiday
Father's Day
Style/Theme
Gourmet
Publication
May/June 2007

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