Pan fried sea trout with vegetable ratatouille and ginger butter sauce

Vibrant sunshine vegetables, flaky golden trout and a zingy ginger butter sauce make a terrific trio from Richard Phillips
By Richard Phillips
Pan fried sea trout with vegetable ratatouille and ginger butter sauce
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes plus overnight infusing
  • Effort: medium



  • 1 ginger, (2.5cm in length)
  • 0.5 bottles white wine, medium
  • 1 large banana shallot
  • 30 g butter
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2 sprig thyme
  • 50 g double cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 yellow courgettes
  • 1 green courgettes
  • 1 red onions
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium sea trout, around 160g scaled filleted and pin boned
  • 100 g flour, for dusting the fish
  • 1 tsp chopped chives


1. Peel the ginger and place into the food processor with the wine and blend to a pulp. 2. Place into the fridge and leave to infuse for 24 hours. 3. Slice the banana shallot finely, place into a warm pan with the butter and fry until soft. 4. Add the bay leaf and the thyme. Then add the cream and reduce by half. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the butter a little at time, ensuring that you keep the sauce at a consistently warm temperature. 5. Once all the butter is incorporated, season, add a few drops of lemon juice and pass through a fine sieve. Keep warm. 6. Cut the vegetable into large dice. Heat half of the olive oil in a saucepan and fry the vegetables until soft. 7. Dust the lightly trout in flour. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan and fry the trout for two minutes on the skin side until it starts to go golden brown at the edges. Turn over and cook for a further two minutes. 8. Using a 15cm pastry ring as a mould, place the ratatouille (vegetables and tomato mix) into the centre of the plate. 9. Layer the trout fillets on top. Stir the chives into the ginger butter sauce and drizzle this over and around the fish. 10. Garnish with deep fried ginger crisps and fresh chervil.

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