A light fresh little number with a fragrant Sichuan peppercorn rub.
12 trout fillets
1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
50 g butter
1 small papaya
Freshly ground black pepper
New potatoes and green salad to serve
Tip the Sichuan peppercorns into a dry frying pan and stir occasionally over a moderate heat for 4-5 minutes.
Place the Sichuan peppercorns and sea salt into a spice grinder or pestle and mortar and grind until fine.
Melt the butter in a small pan, add the Sichuan and salt mixture, season well with black pepper and mix well.
Lay the trout fillets skin side down on a large baking tray in a single layer and using a pastry brush coat each of the fillets with the flavoured butter. Set aside until ready to cook.
Peel and deseed the papaya, chop the flesh finely and tip into a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the lime and peel and finely chop the shallot and add to the papaya and mix well.
Preheat a grill and cook the trout fillets for 3-4 minutes until tender.
From my Cheat’s Dinner Party column in Stella 4th May 2008
© Annie Nichols 2008