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Lemon Garlic Stuffed Brook Trout and Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

by Spicie Foodie on May 9, 2012

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You’ve read my previous complaints on the lack of fresh seafood in a landlocked country. But there is one type of fish I can always count on here in Prague, Trout. Most grocery stores carry Trout alongside the ever present Carp.

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Hubby informs me that the Trout species available at our local grocery store are always either Rainbow trout or Brook trout. The trout you see here is local Brook trout. We both love trout and really enjoy both Brook and Rainbow species.

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You may have noticed the ongoing theme with my fish recipes. When it comes to fish I like to keep it simple so we can fully enjoy the particular fish’s flavor. Lemon and garlic are more or less the flavors I like pairing with fish. That is exactly what I did with this Brook trout recipe. When I eat whole fish I want it grilled or lightly pan-fried to crispy perfection. The reason being is that I love the way the crispy skin tastes. Don’t think I didn’t hear those ewws and yucks. It’s what I like and besides it’s loaded with omega 3. Another really great thing to love about fish dishes is that they take so little time to prepare. Here, I’ll show you how fast and easy it is.

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Lemon Garlic Stuffed Brook Trout or Pan Fried Brook Trout

2 whole rainbow or brook trouts, scaled and gutted
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
4 thinly sliced garlic cloves, or much as desired
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper corns
splash of white wine, optional
good quality extra virgin olive oil

extra large frying pan or grill

serving suggestions:
extra lemon, if desired
steamed rice, garlic creamed spinach, or fresh green salad

1. Pat dry trout, rub the whole fish with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place a couple or few lemon slices and as many as desired garlic slices into fish cavity. (We do this to add the flavors and scents to the meat.)You may have both lemon and garlic slices leftover, set them aside.

2. Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in an extra large frying pan or grill pan. Once hot gently place the whole trouts on it, fry for about 8 minutes. Gently flip, add a splash or two of white wine, at this point if you have any extra garlic added to the pan. Fry/cook the fish for another 8 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed and the fish skin is nice and crispy. Cooking times may vary depending on fish size and weight. Make sure the fish feels firm before serving.

Serve with side dish of your  choice. By the way, this cooking technique and ingredients taste great with other whole fish too. Enjoy!

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Mother’s Day is in a few days, do you need some brunch ideas? Check these out.

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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa May 9, 2012 at 6:14 AM

A fabulous idea! This refined dish must taste wonderful.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie May 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Thank you Rosa!

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3 Michelle May 9, 2012 at 7:10 AM

trout is my favorite fish! <3

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4 Spicie Foodie May 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Definitely one of my favorites too.

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5 TastefullyJulie May 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

That looks fabulous. I’m afraid to cook whole fish but you made it look so easy!

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6 Spicie Foodie May 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Hi Julie,

You shouldn’t be, it really is very easy. Thank you:)

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7 Natalie May 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Wow this looks amazing!!!!! Getting excited because I will be having fish for dinner so seeing this just makes me crave it more. Happy early Mother’s Day!

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8 Spicie Foodie May 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Hi Natalie,

Thanks and enjoy your fish tonight :) BTW, I’m not a mommy but thanks.

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9 Emily @ Life on Food May 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I love eating whole fish. I pick at it and it probably isn’t the most attractive but oh so delicious.

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10 Spicie Foodie May 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It does just taste better whole for some reason. Thanks Emily!

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11 Kiri W. May 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I adore whole trout, my dad makes a fantastic almond version :) There’s a place near my home in Germany where you can fish for your own trout and then have it cooked for you.
Looks like a fantastic recipe!

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12 Spicie Foodie May 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Hi Kiri,

Trout with almond is so popular here and it does taste good. That sounds like so much fun I need to find a place like that here. Thank you:)

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13 Suzanne Perazzini May 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Living by the sea in an island nation, I can’t imagine what it must be like to not have ready access to seafood of all kinds. I must admit I am not so good with eating whole fish. I like to get at my food without any fiddling. On the contrary, my husband loves to fight for his food and would thoroughly enjoy this recipe.

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14 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Hi Suzanne,
How lucky for you and I’m sure it would be difficult to go from that to no seafood. You could used the same ingredients on fillets if you’d like. Thanks!

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15 claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine May 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

All the years I have cooked I have never attempted trout of whole fish your instructions are inspiring me to!

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16 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You should try it Claudia. It is really easy ;)

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17 tania@mykitchenstories May 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Lovely ,perfect flavours and oh so beautiful photography

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18 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Thank you Tania!

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19 Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful May 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Trout is so delicious, I love this recipe you share here. Looks amazing! :)

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20 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Thank you Crystal!

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21 Vicki Bensinger May 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM

This is a nice simple yet elegant fish. Your photos are lovely as well. Plus the asparagus goat cheese tart which I must have missed sounds sinful. I will definitely be preparing g both.

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22 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Thanks Vicki! I hope you enjoy both recipes.

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23 Vicky May 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Sounds delicious. I used to be intimidated by whole fish recipes but once I got up the courage to make steamed branzini I have fallen in love with whole fish recipes. Can’t wait to try this!

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24 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Hi Vicky,

I’m actually not sure why people are so intimidated by whole fish. It isn’t any harder than fillets. But as you said once you try it you realize how good and easy whole fish is. Thank you:)

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25 Kaitlin May 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

It must be really frustrating to get seafood! I’m glad you can at least get trout, your photos are just stunning!

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26 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Hi Kaitlin,

Yes, it can be when the craving really hits. But I’m thankful for the fish I can get. Thanks :)

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27 Holly May 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Lemon and garlic are great with any fish and so simple. This looks great, I don’t think I’ve ever had trout.

I didn’t know you were in Prague. I’m hoping to visit there this July.

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28 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM

You really can’t go wrong with that combo. Thank you! Yep, have a great visit I’m sure you’ll love Prague:)

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29 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Hi Nancy! We love fish and cook pretty often. I’ll use your recipe soon for some kind of trout or white fish that goes well with the lemon/garlic. This sounds good… And your pictures! WOW. I’m truly enjoying your creativity from your posts. :-)

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30 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Hi Nami,

I hope you do try it and thank you so much ;)

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31 Ramona May 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I love fish.. but I have never cooked it whole like this. It’s a spectacular presentation!
PS… Happy Birthday for tomorrow. :) I hope you have a fabulous day. :)

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32 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Hi Ramona,

You should give it a try sometime. Thank you and a very Happy Birthday to you tomorrow too! We’re so cool because we share a b-day, hehe ;)

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33 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I love pan fried crispy whole fish!! This recipe is a winner, love ur photos!

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34 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Thank you Catalina!

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35 anna May 11, 2012 at 2:39 AM

i’m from a landlocked state in the usa, so i’m pretty illiterate when it comes to seafood. but i do love my trout, as that’s one of the few fish that grow around here! this looks great!

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36 Spicie Foodie May 11, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Thanks Anna!

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37 Trix May 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I completely agree with you – crispy skin is delicious! I don’t know why people don’t like it. This whole fish dish looks simple and perfect.

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38 Spicie Foodie May 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Thank you! I’m not sure either but I think they are missing out.

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39 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers May 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Simple and so good! I love cooking fish the simple way with minimal ingredients.

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40 Spicie Foodie May 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Thank you Rowena!

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41 DB-The Foodie Stuntman May 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

This dish brings back some memories I have as a kid. My parents taught me and my sister the novelty of going to the local lake with a rod and some line, then bringing home dinner to cook in a frying pan. Simple, but classic and always delicious. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

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42 Spicie Foodie May 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

What great memories and lesson your parent’s taught you. Thank you:)

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43 CJ at Food Stories May 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

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44 Spicie Foodie May 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Thanks CJ!

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45 Kankana May 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Mouthwatering!! seriously :) I love such kind if fish fry , except the husband won’t eat unless it’s skinless.. boneless and headless!!

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46 Spicie Foodie May 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Thanks Kankana! Oh that’s too bad and he’s missing out :)

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47 cookingrookie May 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I just saw this on RecipeNewZ. What an amazing recipe. Trout is my favorite fish these days. I am not such a big expert, though, and buy fillets, and not the whole fish. I also normally use some kind of sweet glaze, the latest was lingonberry. But now I want to try your seasoning – it must be delicious with white wine, garlic and lemon :-). This is certainly my next trout! Thank you for sharing :-).

P.s. You are probably tired of me praising your photos, but I just can’t help myself! You’re a genius! I can envision a 5-star restaurant with a gallery of your photos in the waiting area to get people really hungry :-).

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48 Spicie Foodie May 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Hi Elana,

Your lingonberry sounds delicious. Thank you for all your sweet praises:)

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49 Marsha @ The Harried Cook May 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Amazing pictures in this post, Nancy! I just love how beautifully you’ve cooked the fish… and the presentation is just gorgeous! You really create delicious works of art! You inspire me :)

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50 Spicie Foodie May 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Thank you Marsha, you are so sweet :)

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51 Magic of Spice May 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I did not think trout could ever look so beautiful! Fantastic way of preparing these beauties!

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52 Spicie Foodie May 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Thanks!

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53 Cookingrookie May 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I made this fish for lunch today. Delicious! Thank you, Nancy!

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54 Spicie Foodie May 26, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Hi Elana,

Yay! Glad you liked it:)

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55 Jenn May 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Is there any issue with small bones?

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56 Spicie Foodie May 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Hi Jenn,

I have never had any issue with small bones. I think as long as you take small bites and take the time to chew, if there are any small bones, you will be okay. Enjoy!

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