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Baked Lemon Trout With Caper Salsa

Baked Lemon Trout With Caper Salsa 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Nov 24, 2020

This gently baked fish fillet recipe is topped with a tangy caper salsa enriched with a bit of butter. Skin-on or skin-off fillets work well. Serve with your favorite seasonal green vegetable, such as pan-fried Brussels sprouts.

Storage Notes: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • For the trout
  • 4 (4 1/2- to 5-1/2 ounce) fresh trout fillets, or any other firm, white-fleshed fish, such as sea bass or tilapia
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 thin lemon slices from 1 large lemon
  • For the caper salsa
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots (about 7 ounces total), thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) drained capers
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for serving. optional


Make the trout: Position a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 325 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Season the fish with salt and pepper, and drizzle it with the oil. Place two slices of the lemon on each fillet.

Roast the fish on the middle rack of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the fish registers 130 degrees and the fish is flaky and separates easily with a fork. (Thicker fillets may need 2 to 3 more minutes.)

Make the salsa: While the fish is baking, place a saucepan over medium-high heat, then heat the oil until shimmering. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring constantly until they soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the capers, stir and cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots just begin to darken, about 2 minutes. Add the butter and stir until melted. Remove from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice and zest. Season with the salt and pepper.

To serve, transfer the trout to a serving platter. Spoon the caper salsa on top, then sprinkle with the parsley.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Epic 30-Minute Roasts” by Maja Zver and Jernej Zver (Page Street Publishing, 2020).

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 399

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 27g 42%

Saturated Fat: 8g 40%

Cholesterol: 97mg 32%

Sodium: 581mg 24%

Total Carbohydrates: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 28g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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