Trout Amandine is a New Orleans classic. This elegant dish keeps it simple with toasted almonds in lemon-herb butter sauce.
- 4 (5- to 6-ounce) skinless trout fillets
- 2½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon Creole seasoning*
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed and softened
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Garlic-Thyme Asparagus (recipe follows)
- Lemon wedges, to serve
- Sprinkle trout with 2 teaspoons salt and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Rinse trout under cold water; thoroughly pat dry.
- On a large plate, combine flour and Creole seasoning. Dredge trout in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Add 2 trout fillets, skinned side up; cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn fillets; cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer trout to desired serving plates. Wipe skillet clean; repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and remaining 2 fillets.
- Wipe skillet clean; reduce heat to medium. Add butter and almonds; cook, stirring frequently, until almonds are toasted and butter solids turn a medium-brown color and have a nutty aroma, 7 to 12 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, lemon juice, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; discard thyme. Spoon sauce over fish. Serve immediately with Garlic-Thyme Asparagus and lemon wedges.
*We used Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning.
Yields: 4 servings
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound medium asparagus, trimmed and halved crosswise
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add asparagus; cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.