It’s definitely summer weather here in Nashville, which means new recipes must be made! My friend works at a fish market in town, so I decided to go and come up with the recipe based off of what was in front of me. Previously that week I had made a trout dish in school, so I decided, why not a trout recipe? I don’t have one on here and it is such a tasty fish. Prior to making this recipe, my family was in town, and my mom had bought the household an entire bag of clementines. Needless to say, they didn’t all get eaten by the time she left, so I decided to also incorporate that into my recipe. The salsa is bright, refreshing, and the perfect addition to a lightly pan fried fillet of fish. I lightly dusted the fish in Otto’s cassava flour before cooking, as this creates an extra crispy skin when fried. However, this isn’t completely necessary, and you can definitely make it without the flour. If you want to skip the frying all together, feel free to grill or bake your trout. If you don’t have clementines on hand, that’s okay too! Simply substitute orange (blood orange would be AH-MAZING) or grapefruit, though that may be a bit more tangy. The clementines have a nice, subtle citrus flavor that does not over-power the dish. Overall, it is a light flavorful dish perfect for these hot summer nights.
Pan Fried Trout with Clementine Salsa
- 1 lb trout fillet
- Otto’s cassava flour for dusting
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Avocado oil for frying
- 1 cup clementine – peeled and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Mix all of the salsa ingredients together in a bowl and allow to sit and marinate until the fish is cooked.
- Heat enough oil to fill your pan with 1/4 inch oil until crackling.
- Starting with 1/4 cup flour, spread flour out on a large sheet tray and dredge trout fillets in the flour on each side, shaking off the excess.
- Fry trout 3 minutes skin side down, then flip over and finish another 1 minute.
- Remove from pan with a spatula and set on a parchment lined plate, sprinkling with more salt if desired and serving with clementine salsa.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”