How to cook coral trout

 

 

 

You know, if I had a dollar for every person that told me they were scared of cooking fish, I’d be richer than King Neptune. What I have learned over the years is that less is best when it comes to cooking fish, as most species require minimal accompaniments when cooking. A rub of garlic, best quality butter, a handful of herbs or a splash of really good oil.

 



 

Coral trout, typically line caught in the Great Barrier Reef, is a favourite with the Chinese community who love it for its sweet, slightly meaty flesh that flakes beautifully and lends itself well to aromatics like ginger and chilli. I found the tastes similar to very tender shellfish and interestingly; they are voracious fish-eating predators (piscivores). Younger juvenile trout mostly eat crustaceans, especially prawns which live on or near the reef bottom.

 

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How to cook coral trout


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  • Author: Samantha Gowing
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

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2 coral trout fillets – about 160 grams each, skin on
1 cup cavolo nero kale, stalks removed and reserved for stock or compost
1 cup broccoli, broken into small flowerets
1 lemon, juice of
2 tablespoons of your favourite chutney or relish
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Cracked black pepper


Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to a high heat.
  2. Line a baking tray with paper and place the fish skin side up.
  3. Grill fish for about 3-5 minutes until skin is crispy, then turn over and cook one more minute so as just cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a heavy-based pan, add kale, broccoli, and a little water, and sauté gently for three minutes.
  5. Turn off heat, cover pan with a lid and let rest for another minute while you check the fish. Then add half of the lemon juice and toss through.
  6. In large bowl plates, evenly distribute the sautéed greens, pop the fish on top and then spoon your favourite relish over the fish. Finish with remaining lemon juice.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and season with cracked black pepper.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Cuisine: Fish

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