Panfried Trout with Almonds and Parsley


Sauteed almonds make a zesty topping for panfried trout. For a light, quick supper, serve the fish with baby lettuce leaves and lemon wedges.


  • 4 trout fillets

  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 3 ounces whole shelled almonds, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup loosely packed flat parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

  • Finely grated zest plus freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons

  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the trout with the salt, and season with pepper; gently place 2 fillets in skillet, skin sides up. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until undersides are golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip fish, using two spatulas if necessary. Cook until fish is slightly flaky in center when poked with a fork, about 2 minutes more. Transfer fish to a platter; keep warm. Wipe out skillet, and repeat with remaining 2 fillets.

  2. Wipe out skillet; add oil and almonds. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until almonds start to turn golden, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and immediately add parsley and lemon zest; stir to combine. Stir in lemon juice; as soon as it starts to bubble, pour sauce over fish. Serve immediately.

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