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Trout with Pernod Sauce Recipe

The flavour of anise combines beautifully with fish, particularly trout which is in no way over-powered.

This dish can be reheated, but as it only takes a few minutes to prepare, we suggest that you have everything else ready, and cook the fish freshly.

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For 4 people:

4 fresh Rainbow Trout (about 230g/8oz each), gutted by your fishmonger – the heads removed only if you prefer, (although they might fit in the pan better like this).
1 small Onion (about 50g/2oz), peeled and chopped
1 big or 2 medium cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
110g/4oz Mushrooms, sliced (flat mushrooms have more flavour than buttons)
90g/3oz Butter
60ml/2 fl oz Pernod or Ricard
300ml/½ pint Double Cream; use a little more if you intend to re-heat the dish
a little Salt and freshly-ground Pepper
a little freshly-chopped Parsley

Equipment: A wide frying pan


1. Lightly season the trout, inside and outside, with salt and pepper.

2. Melt 50g/2oz of the butter in the frying pan over a medium heat.

3. When it starts to sizzle, add the chopped onion and garlic, lower the heat and sweat until soft - but not brown.

4. Increase the heat to medium again, and add thee trout - gently shaking the pan to stop the fish sticking.

5. Fry for about 5 minutes, then carefully turn the fish over - trying to keep the skin intact.

6. Add the remaining butter and the mushroom slices, and cook for a further 3 minutes, turning the mushrooms over to ensure they cook.

7. Add the Pernod and let it bubble for a minute - don't be alarmed if it flares up, but be careful of your eyelashes!

8. Add the cream, plus a little more salt and pepper, and gently swill the pan around to mix the ingredients.

Serve when the cream starts to bubble, sprinkled with freshly-chopped parsley

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