Cooking trout on the barbecue in this way ensures the fish steams gently as it cooks, and allows for a dramatic unveiling when the parcel is cut open. Adam Byatt keeps things simple to allow the flavour of the trout to really shine, serving with a simple rapeseed oil mayonnaise and tomato salad.
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Scale the trout, wash in cold water and dry well. Remove the eyes and gills (or ask your fishmonger to do this)
1 wild sea trout, approximately 3kg in weight
Completely wrap the trout in several layers of newspaper, making sure it is completely sealed. Tie securely with butcher’s string, then submerge the parcel into cold water to soak the newspaper slightly
Place the parcel on a hot barbecue and cook for 30-40 minutes, turning every so often, until the fish is cooked. The barbecue will smoke a lot from the wet paper, but the fish will gently steam inside (you want the core temperature to reach approximately 38°C as the fish will continue to cook while resting)
While the fish is cooking, make the rapeseed mayonnaise by combining the egg yolks, vinegar, mustard and salt in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oils while whisking continuously until it emulsifies (you may need to add a little water to reach the correct consistency). Chill until needed
2 egg yolks
25ml of white wine vinegar
1 pinch of salt
250ml of extra virgin rapeseed oil
10g of English mustard
100ml of oil, of a neutral flavour such as sunflower or grapeseed
Roughly chop or halve the tomatoes (depending on size) and mix with the chopped oregano, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
8 heirloom tomatoes, mixed
1/2 bunch of oregano, finely chopped
When the fish is cooked, remove from the barbecue and allow to rest for a few minutes before cutting open the paper with scissors and flaking off the flesh with a fork (being careful to remove any bones)
Serve the flaked trout with a dollop of the mayonnaise, some of the dressed tomatoes and season with black pepper
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