Pan Fried Rainbow Trout
- 4 rainbow trout, about 12 ounces each, whole and butterflied, skin on, bones removed (ask your fish dealer to do this for you)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, washed, cut through the center in two
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
Wash the trout in cold water and pat dry to remove any tiny stray bones. Season the trout with salt and pepper, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and cook the fish skin side down. Cook the trout in batches of 1 or 2 at a time. Cook the skin side for 2 to 3 minutes before turning with a spatula to cook the flesh side. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until fully cooked but be careful of overcooking as the fish are thin and cook quickly. As the trout are finishing, add the butter to the pan and allow to bubble before adding the tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes, add the tarragon and remove from the heat. Serve immediately with fiddlehead ferns.