Buttery trout with capers

Buttery trout with capers

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Don't turn straight to salmon, trout is a wonderful classic fish with a great flavour, especially in this recipe. Or, make it veggie with halloumi

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal345
  • fat26g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.04g
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  • 4 thick trout fillets



    Freshwater trout: 

    Farmed rainbow trout has pretty, spotty skin…

  • 100g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • squeeze lemon juice
  • handful parsley, leaves chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 tbsp caper, rinsed
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Rinse the fish, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Put in a roasting tray, season, then dot with a third of the butter. Roast for 10-12 mins.

  2. When the fish is almost ready, melt the remaining butter in a frying pan. Turn up the heat until it turns brown. Take off the heat, then add lemon juice, parsley and capers. Pour over the fish, then serve with green beans.

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25th Jan, 2019
Wow this is so simple and so delicious! The brown butter becomes really sweet so add more lemon juice just before serving.
3rd Nov, 2016
Very easy to make. Simple, quick, tasty. My only observation was that I didn't find the caper sauce sharp enough so I did add a squeeze of lemon juice too but this depends on the capers used and also how sharp you like the sauce. I think the butter needed the sharpness to cut through it a little. Great dish though.
18th Oct, 2016
Really easy and a great 20 min dish start to finish.
1st Mar, 2014
Trout not normally my favourite fish but I really enjoyed it using this recipe. Very quick and easy to do and very tasty.
21st Jun, 2013
Made this with cod and had runner beans and homemade chips. It was lovely, next time I will add more lemon.
10th Jan, 2013
Simple, easy, tastes great!! I was in a hurry and couldn't wait for the oven so used the grill instead and had it with cous cows. Fridge to plate 10mins.
18th Oct, 2012
Very tasty!!! But it's much better with white fish! :)
7th Oct, 2012
Simply delicious and perfect if you aren't overly confident with fish.
12th Sep, 2012
I made it last night with green beans. Probably needs some new potatoes with it though too else you'll have cleared your plates within nano seconds! Enjoyed it though, will make it again I am sure.
26th Apr, 2012
Made this tonight with new potatoes, broccoli and peas - absolutely lovely. Our trout fillets were very thin so I didn't roast them, just pan fried them in the butter and added the other ingredients at the end. I did feel that the capers overpowered the flavour slightly so I think next time I'll use fewer and maybe chop or crush them. Will definitely make again though.


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