One of the great things about fall is that with it come hunting season and great fishing in the northern lakes and streams. On one of our camping trips we brought back a large number of trout. Now, one of the most common complaints I hear about cooking fish is that it all taste the same. This is just not true. Well, ok… for some people it is, but that’s not the fish’s fault. That’s because most people only cook fish one of three ways. They bake them, pan fry them, or deep fry them. And lets be honest, in most cases a piece of fried fish is a piece of fried fish. But there are simple thing you can do to change up the taste of your fish like this Baked Trout with Lemon Basil.
- 2 trout (depending on size of fish or dinner party, more or less as needed)
- 1 large onion, thickly sliced
- 2 lemons
- 1 bunch lemon basil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and people as to taste
Wash the trout really well, making sure to get all parasites off the outside and any junk still left inside from the cleaning. Then take your olive oil and drizzle it on the bottom of your baking dish. On the bottom of the baking dish place slices of onion for the fish to set on. Then inside the fish put slices of onion, lemon, and some lemon basil. Place on top of the bed of onions. Salt and pepper your fish then place fresh lemon basil on top of your fish. Cover and bake on 350 for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until fish is done.
While this is still simply “baking” fish, the lemon basil brings it to a new level. Besides, you can stop at the farmers market with some friends and impress them by picking up a bunch of lemon basil and saying, “I think we’ll have trout for dinner.” Happy cooking!