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Pancetta-wrapped trout

Pancetta-wrapped trout

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 2
You can prepare this the day before and changing the quantity is simple, making it a perfect dinner party dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal554
  • fat40g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein45g
  • salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 1 lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 small trout, rainbow or brown, cleaned

    Trout

    trowt

    Freshwater trout: 

    Farmed rainbow trout has pretty, spotty skin…

  • 1 large bunch thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 4 slices pancetta, or rashers of smoked streaky bacon

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 100g fine green bean
  • 2 tbsp toasted flaked almond

Method

  1. Heat oven 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cut half the lemon into 4 thin slices and juice the other half. Score each fish 3 times on one side. Place the fish on a baking tray, scored side up, and season liberally inside and out with salt and pepper. Stuff each fish cavity with thyme, a sprinkling of garlic and a lemon slice. Lay the rest of the thyme on top of the fish and top with a lemon slice. Wrap the pancetta around, holding the lemon and thyme in place. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and bake for 20 mins until the pancetta is golden and the fish is cooked.

  2. While the fish is cooking, boil the beans in a pan of salted water for 4-5 mins until just cooked and still vibrant. Drain and toss with the lemon juice, olive oil and almonds. Serve the fish with the beans on the side.

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Comments (14)

darrenjones74's picture

I have found this dish is the most delishous meal that I have made and eaten

purple_plum_fairy's picture
5

What an amazing recipe! So glad i found it. I have made this time and time again, and without fail its the best whole trout recipe to date :-)

barrybubbles's picture
5

Very tasty and the pancetta worked well to enhance the flavour of the trout. Making it again this weekend but with one large trout to serve 4 (1kg approx, caught locally so very fresh!) - has anyone else tried this?

diablork's picture
5

I'm not a fish fan but this has been one of the best fish dishes so far! Have used bacon instead on pancetta though.

newmanor1's picture
5

A beautiful recipe, I did it with fresh Rainbow Trout (we eat a lot of trout in this house) Enjoyed by all, although I served it with Roasted Pink Fir Apple potatoes, asparagus and braised leeks ... delicious, Thanks Barney

mariannew's picture
5

First catch your trout...

Made this last night, on the neighbours' BBQ, with brown trout caught by husband in a Pyrenees brook. (Bye the way he has asked me to mention that they were not small at all - très grosses!). But in true spirit of the Entente Cordiale, they were wrapped with English bacon rather than pancetta. A real winner with said neighbours, so merci beaucoup Barney

hannahness's picture
4

First time I've ever prepared and cooked a whole fish. Left me feeling confident of doing more in the future!

dlittlewood's picture
5

I am not a big fish eater and had bought a whole trout but didn't really know what to do with it. Then I found this recipe, which I've just cooked for tea and it was delicious!

Very easy to prepare, cook and eat! I omitted the bacon and scraped the skin away and I was able to remove the bones in one smooth piece. Thankyou Barney, I will now be adding this one to my recipes folder

jemjams's picture
5

I used streaky bacon instead of pancetta, and it was still delicious. One of the nicest fish dishes I have ever cooked

thommich's picture
5

Simple, tasty dish that looks so impressive.

marynmartha's picture
4

it was the first time I have cooked fish that was not from a box. Easy to do and looked professional. Friends were impressed. Flavours not as strong as expected but was very good.

domesticgoddess's picture
5

A really fab, easy recipe - cooked it for friends, it looked really impressive and tasted delicious.

teriann's picture
5

used smoked streaky bacon as no pancetta locally -delicious

beverleyc's picture
5

Delicious, quick and easy. Great for a mid-week dinner.

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