Dinner in 30 Minutes

Truchas a la Parrilla

(Grilled Trout)

4 servings

A simple preparation is all that's needed to accentuate the trout's mild flavor. Serve with sauteed potatoes.

Adapted from "The South American Table," by Maria Baez Kijac (Harvard Common Press, 2003).

4 trout fillets, 5 to 6 ounces each

Juice of 4 lemons or limes

11/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

On the flesh side of each trout fillet, make 3 incisions that are deep but that don't penetrate the skin. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder. Place the trout, flesh side up, on a rimmed baking sheet and coat it with the lemon mixture, making sure the mixture gets into the incisions. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 15 minutes or up to an hour.

When ready to cook, prepare the grill. If using a gas grill, preheat the grill to low or medium-low, depending on your grill. If using a charcoal grill, start the charcoal or wood briquettes. When the briquettes are ready, distribute them evenly under the cooking area for direct heat.

Oil the grate well (or place fish on a well-oiled piece of aluminum foil or in a fish basket). Place the trout, flesh side down, on the grill rack and baste with some melted butter. Cook about 5 minutes. Spray both sides of a spatula with nonstick spray oil and carefully turn fillet over, basting again. Grill until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve promptly.

Per serving: 349 calories, 36 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 20 g fat, 123 mg cholesterol, 8 g saturated fat, 673 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber

Recipe tested by Marcia Kramer; e-mail questions to food@washpost.com

-- Marcia Kramer

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