Looking for a delicious and healthy way to enjoy fish? Try my beautiful grilled or roasted trout* with roasted carrots and leeks recipe. Not only is it packed with flavour, it is beautiful and it's also easy to make and perfect for a weeknight dinner.
* you can substitute trout with salmon, mackerel or sardines.
- 4 trout fillets, skin on
- 4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and cut into 2 cm pieces
- 2 leeks, trimmed and cut into 1/2 cm pieces
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 220°C
- In a large bowl, toss the carrot and leek pieces with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Spread the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roast the vegetables in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until they are tender and caramelised. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
- Brush the trout fillets with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Place the trout fillets skin-side down on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the skin is crispy and the fish is cooked halfway through.
- Flip the trout fillets and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.
- Serve the grilled trout fillets with the roasted carrot and leek pieces, lemon wedges, and garnish with fresh parsley.
Enjoy your delicious and healthy meal!
Trout = protein, omega 3, vitamin B12 & D, selenium & potassium
Carrots = Vitamin A, K1 ( good for bone health), fibre & beta-carotene
Leek = Vitamin K, C, potassium, folate, & iron
The best sustainable trout to buy when living in the UK
In the UK, the best sustainable trout to buy would be Rainbow Trout that has been certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). The ASC is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes responsible aquaculture practices, and their certification ensures that the fish has been farmed in a way that is environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable.
When buying Rainbow Trout, look for the ASC logo on the packaging or ask your fishmonger if the fish is ASC-certified. This will ensure that the trout you are buying has been farmed in a way that minimises its impact on the environment and supports responsible practices. Additionally, purchasing trout from local, sustainable sources can also reduce the environmental impact associated with transportation and support local businesses.
Wild trout can be a sustainable option as well, but it is important to ensure that they are being sourced responsibly. In the UK, wild brown trout populations are generally healthy, but there are some concerns about overfishing and habitat destruction in certain areas.
If you are interested in purchasing wild trout, look for fish that have been caught using sustainable fishing methods, such as line-caught or fly-fishing, rather than methods that may damage the environment, such as trawling or dynamite fishing. Additionally, be aware of any local fishing regulations or restrictions, and avoid purchasing fish that have been caught illegally or unsustainably.
It's also worth noting that farmed Rainbow Trout can be a more sustainable option than wild trout, as they are often farmed in closed systems that minimise their impact on the environment and can be raised without antibiotics or other harmful chemicals. Ultimately, the best option will depend on factors such as location, availability, and personal preference, but by choosing fish that have been sourced sustainably, we can help to support responsible fishing practices and protect our oceans and waterways for future generations.