About this recipe:With a mixture of low-fat cheese, herbs, garlic, and lemon sandwiched inside, these trout are pan-fried in parcels for a tasty, low-fat dinner.
4 trout fillets, about 175g (6oz) each, unskinned
60g (2¼ oz) low-fat curd cheese
10g (¼ oz) mixed herbs such as chives, dill, parsley and tarragon, chopped
Grated zest of ½ unwaxed lemon
1 small clove garlic, crushed
Salt and black pepper
Olive oil for brushing
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:25min › Ready in:35min
Run your fingers over the flesh side of the fish and, using tweezers, remove any pin bones still in the fillets.
Slowly heat a flat griddle plate or a large heavy frying pan until the heat rises from the surface.
Meanwhile, put the curd cheese, herbs, lemon zest, garlic and some salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix. Spread the mixture evenly on the flesh side of two of the fillets.
Place the remaining fillets on top, flesh side down, to make two parcels. Tie pieces of kitchen string around both parcels to secure them, then brush lightly with oil on each side.
Transfer the fish to the hot griddle plate or frying pan and cook for 8-10 minutes on each side, until cooked and pale pink throughout. Remove the fish to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes, then remove the string and serve with boiled new potatoes and carrots.
You can also use a small whole salmon in place of trout. For a whole salmon, simply double the filling mixture and cook the fish for 15-20 minutes on each side, then leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.