I didn’t mean to blog two trout recipes in a row. You know the old saying… You wait all year for a trout then two come along at once?! Well it goes something like that.
My boyfriend Scott went to Wales this weekend and returned with some beautiful smoked trout fillets (he was camping next to a little farm type place where you could fish, eat and buy trout). Brownie points.
I decided the best way to serve it up would be in a way that celebrates the flavour of the fish. I thought of Japan and constructed a sort of deconstructed (if that’s possible) sushi salad. The simple flavours make way for the ingredients to shine, and I’m truly glad we ate it in this way. This salad would also be delicious with strips of salmon sashimi though!
Oh and one of the best things about this salad is using extra sheets of nori to scoop and wrap up bits of your sticky rice salad – do this or miss out!
You will need:
150g sticky sushi rice, cooked and cooled
1 tbspn chopped yellow Japanese radish
2 smoked trout fillets, torn into bite sizes
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1-2 nori sheets
3 spring onions, white parts finely sliced into strips and green ends finely sliced crossways
1/2 tspn white sesame seeds
1 tspn black sesame seeds
1 tspn chilli flakes
1 tbspn mirin
1 tbspn rice wine vinegar
Sesame oil, to serve
1 – Gently heat the vinegar, mirin, salt and sugar in a milk pan until the sugar dissolves
2 – Leave the dressing to cool then mix 3/4 of it into the cooled sticky rice
3 – Assemble the salad beginning with the nori- cut one sheet into two meat squares and lay on two plates
4 – Carefully divvy up the rice, avocado, trout, spring onion and radish onto the plates, using your imagination with the presentation!
5 – Cut or tear up the remaining nori and fold/tuck them over in and amongst the sticky rice and other ingredients
6 – Mix together the sesame seeds and chilli flakes and scatter these over the salad, then drizzle over the remaining mirin dressing
7 – Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil and serve – you could even add a little wasabi if liked!