Recipe courtesy of Eric Ripert

Poached Lake Trout

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  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 cups water

1/4 cup sherry vinegar

1/2 cup sliced spring onions

1/2 carrot, thinly sliced

1/2 celery rib, thinly sliced

1 thyme sprig

2 (8-ounce) whole trout, cleaned

Fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper

5 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Place the water, sherry vinegar, spring onion, carrot, celery, and thyme in a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season the trout on the outside and in the belly with salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne. Place in the simmering court bouillon and poach for 7 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the thickest part of the flesh comes out warm.
  2. Remove the fish with a slotted spoon and set aside on a warm platter. Strain the cooking liquid and return 1/2 cup to the pot. Bring the court bouillon to a boil and add the butter slowly, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly. Continue whisking until all the butter is absorbed. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve, place a trout on each plate and spoon the sauce over each. Serve immediately.
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