Trout With Smoky Bacon, Hazelnuts, & Lemon Sage Butter
This fried trout recipe is reminiscent of summer canoe trips. We catch trout and fry them almost immediately over a campfire. The smoky bacon flavor with trout is a classic, and the nuts and herbs add crunch and depth. Serve with a wild rice pilaf. Simple and delicious!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup whole hazelnuts
- 6 slices smoked country-style bacon
- 4 trout (about 8 ounces each), cleaned and gutted with heads left on
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 8 scallions, washed and trimmed to length of fish
- Flour seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 12 large, fresh sage leaves
2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp, reserving the drippings in the skillet. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
3. Salt and pepper the cavity of the trout. Dredge the trout in seasoned flour. Then place 2 trimmed scallions in the cavity of each fish.
4. Heat the bacon drippings in the skillet and fry the trout, about 4 minutes per side.
5. In a small saucepan, heat together the butter, lemon juice, and sage leaves. Spoon the lemon sage butter over the trout and sprinkle with the hazelnuts and crumbled bacon.
Cook’s Tip: You can adjust this recipe to suit any season by changing the nuts and the herbs: Use pecans and chives for a spring meal served with fresh steamed asparagus, and in summer, substitute basil and pine nuts and serve with sliced garden tomatoes. Such final visual and taste touches add appeal to any simple recipes.