Trota alla piemontese

Poached trout with herbs and sultanas   Traditional recipe from Piedmont

This recipe for trout is a light and tasty main course that is typical of Piedmontese cuisine in Italy. The taste of this river fish works very well with sultanas and chosen aromatic herbs.

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Poached trout with aromatics and sultanas

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 4 fresh trouts
  • 40g (1.5 ounces) sultanas
  • 1 lemon zest, grated
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 100g (3 1/2 ounces) onion
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried chives
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 250ml (8.5 fluid ounces - 1C) fish stock
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Time:
    preparation: 20 minutes
    cooking: 20 minutes
    total: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 243 (kcal) 13 % GDA (*)- 1017 (kJ)
    Protein: 20.8 (g) 42 % GDA
    Total fat: 14.2 (g) 21 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 8.5 (g) 4 % GDA
    Sugars: 8.5 (g) 10 % GDA

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Recipe for poached trout with herbs and sultanas

Preparation and cooking

  • - Soak sultanas in lukewarm water, 20 to 30 minutes..
  • - Meanwhile ...
    clean trouts.
    Remove fins, scales, gut and then wash trouts under cold running water.
    Chop rosemary leaves, onion, garlic, celery and sage, all together.
    Transfer all into a large skillet and pour in olive oil too.
    Let all fry slightly, on low heat, few minutes, stirring often.
    Then add trouts, vinegar, lemon zest, fish stock and sultanas well squeezed from soaking water.
    Season to taste with salt and cook on medium heat, half-covered, about 15 minutes.
    Cooking time depends on trout size.
    Halfway through cooking, turn all trouts on the other side.

Just before serving

  • - You can serve your trouts whole, drizzled with their cooking sauce.
    Or you can remove their bones and skin, reassemble and sprinkle with cooking juice.



  • - If you do not like garlic, you can increase chives.

Menu planning

  • - Poached trouts with aromatics and sultanas can be a good idea for your weekly family menu. In this case you can accompany them with seasonal vegetables.
  • - Trouts cooked this way can be a choice for a full fish-based menu too. Below a link to a Christmas menu example.

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Healthy eating

  • - Fiber per serving: 0.8 grams
  • - Generally I use a trout weighing 250g per serving.
  • - If you want to reduce fat, you can use less olive oil. Remember there are 90 calories and 10 grams of fat in every tablespoon olive oil.


What's the right wine for " Poached trout with herbs and sultanas " ?

My husband and I suggest a bottle of dry white wine from Trentino (Italian region) such as Trentino Chardonnay.