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Grilled Marinated Trout and Fennel Salad

If you're short on time, skip Steps 1 and 2 and use smoked trout fillets instead.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 4 filleted brook trout with skin (about 1/2 pound each)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil or light olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup thickly sliced shallots (about 4 large)
  • 1/2 cup thickly sliced garlic cloves (1 medium head)
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 3 sage sprigs
  • 2 medium red bell peppers
  • 2 medium yellow bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 bunches of arugula, stemmed
  • 2 large fennel bulbs—halved, cored and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes


  1. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Rub the trout fillets with a little vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill, skin side down, until cooked around the edges but still raw on top. Arrange the trout fillets in a large baking dish, skin side down, in a single layer.
  2. Combine the 2 cups of vegetable oil with the shallots and garlic in a medium saucepan. Cook over high heat until barely softened but not colored, about 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and sage, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then pour the marinade evenly over the trout. Let marinate at room temperature for 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, roast the peppers over a gas flame or under a broiler until charred all over and softened. Transfer the peppers to a bag and let steam for 20 minutes. Peel, seed and core the peppers, then cut them into 1/4 -inch strips.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the sherry vinegar and mustard until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Add the arugula, fennel, tomatoes and roasted peppers and toss gently to coat. Mound the salad on a large platter. Arrange the marinated trout on top and serve immediately.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 3; drain the trout and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Refrigerate the roasted peppers separately.

Suggested Pairing

Both the Domaine Fournier Sancerre and the Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé are made with the Sauvignon Blanc grape, giving them the crisp, clean acidity to stand up to the power of the marinade. The smoky flavor of the Fumé also accents the grilled trout.

Contributed By Published September 1998

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