Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pan-Seared Oat-Crusted Salmon or Trout

Oat-crusted salmon / Kaerahelbepaneeringus lõhefilee
Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the January 2013 issue of Kodu ja Aed magazine. The tablecloth is Estonian national tartan - the blue, black and white representing the Estonian flag, the red and gold representing Scotland's Rampant Lion.

Burns Supper is nigh and it's a great opportunity to cook some Scottish recipes again. Here's a salmon with a crispy mustard and oat crust that's easy to make and yet festive enough for a good Burns Supper (if you're not serving haggis, that is). The Scots tend to cook herring this way, but sadly it's almost impossible to get fresh herring over here. Salty herring - whole or filleted - in brine is widely available, but fresh, no.

Luckily this method works brilliantly with other oily fish as well, especially salmon and trout. You can use filet from the tail-end (it's easier to cook), or use butterfly steaks, like I did.

Oat crusted fish 
(Kaerahelbepaneeringus kala)

one salmon or trout butterfly steak or filet per person
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
sharp Dijon mustard (or Põltsamaa, if you're in Estonia)
quick-cooking oats or coarse oatmeal
oil, for frying

Season the fish with salt and pepper, then smear lightly with some mustard (use too much mustard and your oats won't stick to the fish while you're frying). Dip the fish into oats. If you're using the skin-on fish filet, then just the flesh side, obviously.

Heat the frying pan until hot over moderately high heat, then drizzle with oil. Add the fish and fry until crispy and golden brown on both sides (my butterfly steak needed about 3 minutes on one side and 2 on the other).

Serve with a sautéed spinach (on the photo) or kale or some mushy peas.

If you want  some dressing to go with it, then I recommend flavouring some creme fraiche with mustard, salt, pepper and finely chopped chives.

PS I've tagged the recipe as gluten-free, but you must use certified gluten-free oats and mustard then.

Other Scottish recipes suitable for Burns Supper:

Red onion and whisky marmalade
Mini haggis tarts
Tattie scones

Cock-a-leekie or chicken and leek soup with prunes

Main course:
Oat crusted fish

Cranachan or raspberries, cream and tipsy oats
Scottish lemon cake
Chocolate raspberry brownie


Kathleen Richardson said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you looked around much, you know that I'm a fan of salmon and will definitely try this recipe. So simple and I'll bet it tastes yummy.

Kathleen Richardson said...

Pille, just wanted to follow up. I made your Pan-Seared Oat-Crusted Salmon tonight. It was delicious!

Pille said...

Kathleen, you are so sweet :) Thank you for trying one of my recipes - and so glad to hear it was delicious!