Thursday, 30 April 2015

Fajita Spiced Trout with TexMex Dips

Fajita spiced rainbow trout fillet with TexMex dips and tortilla chips

Fajitas usually come in the form of sizzling hot pieces of steak or chicken which are added to a tortilla wrap along with such as guacamole and salsa. In this recipe, I have changed that format slightly by serving a fajita spiced rainbow trout fillet with the traditional dips and a bowl of tortilla chips. You could buy the salsa and guacamole already prepared but in this instance I have made both of them from scratch.

Ingredients (Serves Two)

1 ripe hass avocado
1 small red chilli pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 large garlic cloves
Small handful coriander/cilantro, roughly chopped (plus extra to garnish)
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded and finely diced
2 inch piece of cucumber, seeded and finely diced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 or 3 tablespoons plain/all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of fajita spice mix plus a little extra for sprinkling on flesh side of trout
2 rainbow trout fillets, skin on
Vegetable oil for frying
Small tub of soured cream
Spicy chilli tortilla chips to serve

Preparing guacamole


Peel and stone the avocado and add it to a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and mash with a fork. Add half the chilli, 1 of the garlic cloves (peeled and grated) and half the chopped coriander. Season with salt and pepper and stir well with a spoon to fully combine.

Preparing spicy salsa

In a separate bowl, combine the tomato, cucumber, second garlic clove (peeled and finely diced), remaining coriander, remaining lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir well.

Fajita spiced flour for rainbow trout fillet

Pour some oil in to a large non-stick frying pan (you may need to use two pans, depending upon the size of your trout fillets) and bring up to a medium to high heat. Scatter the flour on a large plate and mix through the two teaspoons of fajita spice as well as some salt and pepper. Pat the trout fillets on their skin sides only in the flour, shake off the excess and lay the trout fillets skin side down in the pan(s). Scatter the flesh sides of the fillets with some more fajitas spice and a little salt and pepper. Fry for around three minutes on a medium to high heat until you can see the trout fillet is cooked most of the way through.

Pan frying fajita spiced rainbow trout fillet

While the trout is frying, spoon the guacamole, salsa and soured cream in to two ramekins in each instance. Garnish the soured cream with some coriander. Place one ramekin of each dip on two serving plates.

Assorted TexMex dips are plated

When the trout is cooked almost all the way through, turn the heat off completely before turning the trout fillets to fry on their flesh sides in the residual heat for one minute only. You should see that the skin is nicely crisp. Lift one fillet on to each plate with a fish slice.

Pan fried rainbow trout fillet is plated with dips

Garnish the trout fillets with a little bit more coriander.

Coriander is used to garnish fajita spiced trout fillet

Serve the trout and dips with a bowl of tortilla chips per person. You should find that the nicely crisped skin can easily be peeled away, perhaps with the aid of the blunt edge of a dinner knife.

Skin should easily peel free from trout fillet in one piece

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