Pecan Crusted Trout – Wyoming

Ah, Wyoming. Big sky country. From Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park in the northwest, Devils Tower in the northeast, to Fossil Butte Monument in the southwest, the Cowboy State is hardly lacking in scenic trails for hiking or biking, breathtaking vistas for wildlife watching, and winding rivers for boating, rafting and fishing.

Pecan Crusted TroutThe cutthroat trout is the official state fish of Wyoming. This fish with four subspecies found in the state used to swim in abundance but their numbers have dwindled in recent years due to development, drought and introduction of non-native trout species that overwhelmed the cutthroat. Some conservation groups petitioned the federal government to place the cutthroat on the endangered species list but were unsuccessful. Conservationists are still concerned, particularly with the native Yellowstone cutthroat.

But don’t worry, most of the trout available in U.S. supermarkets is farmed-raised according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. It is marketed as rainbow, golden or steelhead trout and because it’s sustainable and abundant, it’s considered a “best choice.” This recipe pairs the flaky fish with the nutty crunch of pecans, a flavor duo made in heaven.

Taste of the Tetons is coming to Jackson Hole, September 7, 2014, part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.

Pecan Crusted Trout

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 trout fillets
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard

Instructions

Toast pecans by placing them in a skillet on medium heat, continually tossing the nuts in the pan so they do not burn. Cook until the nuts brown just a bit and you can smell them toasting, about 5 minutes. Once cool to the touch, chop finely or pulse in the food processor a few times.

Combine the chopped nuts with the other dry ingredients and the chopped herbs. In a separate bowl, combine butter and mustard. Brush the mustard mixture over the fish fillets. Add nut mixture, pressing firmly to the fish so it adheres. Transfer the fish to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, crust side up. Baked in preheated oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until fish is flaky.

 

 

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