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Pan-Seared Trout


2 tablespoons canola oil

¼ pound new potatoes, blanched and quartered

6 ounces butter, separated

4 ounces garlic scapes*,
blanched and diced small

¼ pound lightly smoked spring onion

Salt and pepper

4 fillets trout

4 ounces radish, shaved

2 lemons, juiced

Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

2 ounces parsley

Scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant; because they are so pretty, they add visual interest to this dish. However, as they taste just like garlic, feel free to substitute cloves. Same flavor, less ‘wow’ factor.


  1. Place oil and potatoes in sauté pan set over medium-high heat and cook about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until evenly brown.
  2. Add 2 ounces butter and garlic scapes to pan with potatoes, allowing scapes to caramelize, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add smoked spring onion, sautéing until all ingredients are incorporated. Season to taste and leave pan over very low heat to keep warm. 
  4. In separate sauté pan set over medium heat, sear trout fillets skin side down. After about 3 to 4 minutes, add remaining butter. Allow butter to brown and then use to baste fish. Flip fish over (skin should be crispy) and baste other side. Remove from pan after 15 seconds, reserving browned butter.
  5. To serve, arrange vegetables on each plate. Place trout on top, then pour browned butter over fish. Dress with shaved radishes, parsley, drizzle of oil, and generous squeeze of lemon.
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