Bacon Basil Rainbow Trout

It’s been a long while since the last time I had rainbow trout. The other day a friend gave me a few fillets that he had and I decided that I wanted to try something special when cooking them up. This recipe utilizes just a simple pan sear for the fillets but includes an incredible tomato, basil, bacon saute’ designed to top the trout fillets creating a special flavor that would pair wonderfully with any white meat fish. It comes together very quickly and is also fairly simple to make.

Bacon Basil Rainbow Trout

Bacon Basil Rainbow Trout

Bacon Basil Rainbow Trout

  • Two rainbow trout fillets
  • Bacon
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sugar

The easiest way to tackle this recipe is to make the bacon basil topper first. To begin, dice up about 5 or 6 strips of bacon into small pieces. Fry the bacon pieces until they are brown and crispy.

Diced up bacon ready to fry

Diced up bacon ready to fry

Next, slice a carton or so of cherry tomatoes in half and add them to the pan of bacon. Add a little salt and pepper as well. Cook the tomatoes under a lid, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to loose their moisture mixing with the bacon.

Cook tomatoes until they release their moisture

Cook tomatoes until they release their moisture

Hollow out the center of the pan pushing the bacon and tomato mixture to outside edges. Add in about 1 tablespoon of minced fresh garlic and cook until the garlic begins to brown and becomes very fragrant. Then, mix it all together continuing to stir.

Finally, stir in about 1 cup of fresh basil leaves into the mixture and quickly remove from the heat. The basil will loose its flavor rapidly under higher temps so be careful. You should be left with a nice mixture that looks, smells, and tastes great.

Fresh basil looses its flavor quickly so be careful

Fresh basil looses its flavor quickly so be careful

For the fish, I just used a simple pan searing fish recipe recipe found herethat I previously covered. Just sprinkle a little sugar, salt, and pepper on both sides of the trout fillets. Place them in a medium hot pan with two tablespoons of olive oil or so until both sides of the fillets are nice and brown. The sugar caramelizes under the heat and creates a very nice glaze that really adds to the flavor of the fish.

Finally, add a lot of the Bacon Basil topper to the fillets and you are ready to eat. Thanks for looking! If you would like to see more recipes like this, follow me on twitter @bradsmith319 or on facebook. As always, check outstreamtopond.com for more hunting, fishing, cooking, and outdoor related articles. Enjoy!

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