When did you last cook a whole Trout? It’s so easy to pick up fish that looks ‘less fish like‘ and therefore perceived to be easier to prepare. But I want to prove you wrong! Actually baking a whole fish couldn’t be easier. I also believe it’s important for children to recognise food in their true forms – and that they feel comfortable with this.
You will probably find that whole fish are better value for money. If you see them on special buy a couple and throw them in the freezer for a rainy day.
1 Whole trout
A couple of cloves of garlic sliced roughly
Half a lemon sliced
A drizzle of olive oil
Salt and Pepper – Optional
Your veggies to accompany your fish
- Preheat your oven to 180 ˚C
- Place your trout on a generously sized square of foil approx. 30cm x 30cm – large enough to totally cover your fish
- Remove any organs if they haven’t ben removed – they are usually already removed
- Arrange your garlic and lemon inside the fish
- Place you veggies next to the fish
- Give you fish a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
- Bring the edged of your foil together and roll over to create a sealed pouch
- Bake for approx. 10 minutes until the fish is cooked. You will be able to tell your fish is cooked if both the skin peels off easily and when you test it with a knife the flesh should be firm and no longer translucent. Drizzle the lovely juice from your parcel over the fish, it is packed with flavour and nutrients
Options: If you have herbs in the garden they would add extra flavour to the infusion: Chives, parsley, dill and thyme all work well. If eating whole fish isn’t your child’s thing – simply mix with some mashed potato and some fresh herbs, roll in breadcrumbs, pan fry in a drizzle of olive oil and there you have lovely fish cakes!
Tips: Have leftovers? Remove any meat from the fish frame, mix with a little mayo and use as sandwich filling.
How kids can help:
- Examining a fish is fun, informative and educational. Help your child understand how to recognise signs that the fish is fresh:
– Doesn’t smell fishy
– Natural shiny slime
– Clear, bright eyes
- Arranging the lemon and garlic inside the fish
- Drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with salt and pepper