Gin-Cured Ocean Trout with Herb Crust
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200 gm caster sugar

140 gm sea salt

120 ml gin

40 gm finely grated fresh horseradish (or shop-bought)

1 cup (loosely packed) dill, finely chopped

2 sides skinless ocean trout (about 1.2kg each), pin-bones removed

30 ml olive oil

2 tbsp each finely chopped mint, flat-leaf parsley and chervil

Finely grated rind of 2 lemons

To serve: lemon wedges 

Cucumber pickle

2 tsp fennel seeds

160 ml white wine vinegar

80 ml dry white wine

60 gm caster sugar

2 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced

2 golden shallots, thinly sliced


Combine sugar, salt, gin, horseradish and dill in a bowl (reserve 2 tbsp dill to serve) with plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Spread half the curing mixture in base of a non-reactive dish and place trout on top. Spread over remaining mixture, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to cure.

Meanwhile, for cucumber pickle, dry-roast fennel seeds until fragrant (1 minute), then coarsely crush in a mortar and pestle and return to pan. Add vinegar, wine, sugar and 100ml water, season to taste and bring to the boil, then cool to room temperature. Combine cucumber and shallot in a non-reactive container, pour over pickling liquid and refrigerate until chilled.

Preheat oven to 200C. Remove trout from curing mixture, brush off any excess and pat dry with absorbent paper. Place in a roasting pan lined with baking paper and drizzle with oil. Roast until just golden and cooked to your liking (4-6 minutes for medium-rare).

Meanwhile, combine mint, parsley, chervil, lemon rind and reserved dill in a bowl and season to taste. Scatter over trout and serve warm with cucumber pickle and lemon wedges.


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