Cornmeal-Crusted Trout with Caper-Cherry Pepper Pan Sauce

Tropical heat wave! Of course, just after KP and I seal the windows with plastic to keep in the heat, God cranks up the sun dial to 11. We’re in the 80s after Thanksgiving!!! I rode to the hospital today wearing a sleeveless blazer and smiling like a Californian on the boardwalk. Could this be global warming? Or had I merely forgotten the balmy bliss of being a New Orleanian?

My tomatoes are flourishing, but my crudites and squash have gone to crud. How about a summery pan-fried fish dish for the couple in the floral shirts?

corn crusted dish

Cornmeal-Crusted Trout with Caper-Cherry Pepper Pan Sauce

Adapted from Food and Wine

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium shallots, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

3/4 cup dry white wine

2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

4 small jarred hot cherry peppers, seeded and chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

2 teaspoons salt-packed capers, rinsed and chopped

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus lemon wedges for serving



1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups fine cornmeal

Four 6-ounce trout fillets with skin

1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil, then simmer over moderate heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until incorporated. Stir in the hot peppers, 1 tablespoon of parsley, the capers and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over very low heat.

corn crusted trout pepper sauce

Spread the flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs. In a third shallow bowl, spread the cornmeal.

corn crusted trout ingredients

Season the trout with salt and pepper. Coat each fillet in flour, then dip in the egg, letting the excess drip off, and then dredge in the cornmeal.

corn crusted trout

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Working in batches if necessary, add the trout fillets and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then transfer to a platter. Spoon the warm sauce on top, garnish with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

corn crusted fish

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2 thoughts on “Cornmeal-Crusted Trout with Caper-Cherry Pepper Pan Sauce

  1. I am so envious of your warm weather, though it is unseasonably warm here in Minneapolis too according to local standards! Bask in the tropical, floral shirt weather as much as you possibly can after surviving a number of very cold and snowy winters here. You’ve earned every second of tropical bliss! 🙂

  2. I made this recipe last night with steelhead, the big brother of the rainbow trout. It was absolutely delicious and fast! Cherry bombs are what we call those peppers in the NW, so now this recipe is Cherry Bomb Trout. Seriously, why go out for dinner when you can eat this at home?

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