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Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce

Serves 2

Time: 40 minutes. Jamie Lauren cooks fresh summer corn two ways: in a creamy sauce and in an aromatic sauté with tarragon, both for crisp-skinned trout. This is our simplified version.

 1 1/4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 or 3 ears)
 1 tablespoon butter
 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
 1 large whole trout (12 oz.), butterflied, with backbone, pin bones, and head removed
 2 tablespoons olive oil
 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh tarragon, plus 2 tbsp. whole tarragon leaves
Step 1

In a medium nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, cook corn in butter, stirring often, until corn begins to turn brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon 2/3 cup into a small saucepan. Set aside frying pan with remaining corn.

Step 2

Add broth to saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat and simmer, covered, until corn is tender, about 10 minutes. Purée mixture in a blender, then rub through a fine strainer into a microwave-safe bowl, discarding hulls. Stir in cream. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper; set aside.

Step 3

Open up trout and season on both sides with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Protecting hands, carefully add fish skin side down (it will spatter) and cook, occasionally basting flesh with oil, until skin is well browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking and basting until flesh is no longer pink, 3 to 5 more minutes.

Step 4

Rewarm corn kernels in frying pan over medium-high heat and stir in chopped tarragon. Microwave corn sauce to rewarm. Cut trout in half with scissors.

Step 5

Spoon sauce onto 2 plates and arrange a trout half on each, discarding oil in pan. Mound corn on fish and scatter with tarragon leaves. Season with more salt to taste.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 376Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g42%

Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 540mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 2.7g11%
Protein 17g34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.