Blackened Trout With Spicy Kale
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 5 scallions, sliced (white and green parts separated)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 2 1/2 teaspoons light brown sugar
- 2 15 -ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 -ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 3 cups frozen kale, turnip or mustard greens (about 8 ounces)
- Louisiana-style green hot sauce
- 4 4 -to-5-ounce trout fillets, pin bones removed, patted dry
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the celery and scallion whites and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and 1 teaspoon each Cajun seasoning and brown sugar and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the beans, tomatoes and 3/4 cup water; bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the kale and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the scallion greens and a few dashes of hot sauce.
Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons each Cajun seasoning and brown sugar and sprinkle on the flesh side of each fish fillet. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add 2 fillets, seasoned-side down, and cook, undisturbed, until blackened on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully turn the fillets and cook until opaque, about 1 more minute. Transfer to plates. Repeat with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and 2 fish fillets. Serve with the kale and lemon wedges.
Per serving: Calories 405; Fat 11 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 94 mg; Sodium 503 mg; Carbohydrate 41 g; Fiber 19 g; Protein 35 g
Photograph by Christopher Testani
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