Coconut Lemongrass Pepper Steelhead Trout is a really simple, delicious way to do something different with a fish dish. You will see a lot of fish dishes on my site because they are easy and popular. It is also a chance for me to teach someone how to buy seafood sustainably. It also gives me a chance to teach a bit about the longevity of pescatarians. Someone told me there was a sale on Steelhead trout at our local market and I realized I didn't know much about it at all.
About Steelhead Trout
I had never heard of steelhead trout before this last month. Steelhead is also called coastal rainbow trout and redband trout. If I had ever heard of it, I don't remember anyway. Trout has always been one of my favorite fish for the light flaky meat and ease of preparation. Depending on where you get it, it is also one of the ones you don't have to worry about mercury poisoning with. They are in danger in some areas and introduced to other areas so it is good to check the sustainability before buying.
Making Sure It's Sustainable
With fish, there are several species that have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Orange roughy, for example, was not well understood until it was almost too late. They live to be 100 years old a lot of the time and have a longer reproduction cycle too so they were pulverized. You can check by simply googling, seafood watch. Once on the page, you will want to search by species, here is the link for Steelhead trout. There is disagreement on what is sustainable, when a fish is farm-raised there is an argument, especially with this species that it is bad. I recommend this video, Artifishal, if you are interested in the topic of evolutionary ecology. They are arguing that we are devolving the species which will hurt other species up the food chain.
My Adaptable Recipe
You can make this however you want really. The person who told me about it just placed the fish, skin side down on foil at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes with olive oil, salt, and pepper on both sides. You can add the sauce if you like as well as pictured below.
Doesn't get much simpler than that. I just made simple coconut lemongrass and Thai pepper sauce to top it with and then used lemons and cilantro to garnish. You could really just use any of those on their own and still come out with good results. Even light coconut milk has a bit of saturated fat. You can mitigate that by just topping with thin-sliced lemongrass and Thai pepper before cooking.
Coconut Lemongrass Pepper Steelhead Trout (ปลาเทราท์อบกะทิเลม่อน)
- Baking Sheet
- Aluminum Foil
- Mixing Bowl
- 2 pounds Steelhead trout Or whatever fish you wish
- 1 tbsp olive oil or canola oil to be more like traditional Thai
- ½ cup Lemongrass Finely sliced
- 2 cups coconut milk light coconut if possible
- 4 Thai peppers or more if you wish
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 2 lemons thinly sliced wedges
- ½ cup cilantro leaves separated from stems
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil covered in olive oil.
- Place the fish, skin side down on the foil and lightly cover with oil.
- Mix the sauce ingredients with a food processor, blender, or whatever you have.
- Cover the fish with the sauce.
- Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes and top with the toppings and lemon juice.
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