Brad's fried trout w/ lemon caper bernaise sauce & bacon risotto

Well, it is the opening day of trout fishing again. And every year I try to make an amazing trout dish to show people that this fish is not overrated. It is actually a very delectable fish, when treated with respect. This dinner was right on the money. Everyone grumbled about eating trout for dinner, but in the end there was absolutely nothing left and very clean plates. I served this over braised Napa cabbage with a garlic and chive whipped marscapone. And added a bacon garlic parmesan risotto on the side. I hope you enjoy.


  1. For the trout
  2. 5 fresh trout filets, bones removed, skin on
  3. 1 pkg Louisiana brand new Orleans fish fry
  4. 3 eggs, beaten
  5. For the sauce
  6. 2 pkgs knorr brand bernaise sauce mix
  7. 12 Oz can evaporated milk
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 3 tsp capers, rinsed and drained
  10. 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  11. For the marscapone
  12. 6 Oz marscapone cheese, room temperature
  13. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  14. 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  15. Pinch salt
  16. For the braised cabbage
  17. 1 large head Napa cabbage, course chopped
  18. 1/2 onion, sliced thin
  19. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  20. 2 cups water
  21. 1 cup dry reisling
  22. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  23. 2 tsp granulated chicken bouillon
  24. For the risotto
  25. 1/2 onion, chopped
  26. 3 cloves minced garlic
  27. 1/2 lb bacon
  28. 1 cup arborio rice
  29. 1/2 cup dry reisling
  30. 4 cups chicken broth
  31. 2 tbs minced chives
  32. 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  33. to taste Salt and pepper
  34. 2 tbs butter


  1. Prepare the trout fillets. Leave skin on. Sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

  2. Whip together the marscapone ingredients. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.

  3. Chop bacon into small pieces, fry in a small pan, don’t let it get crunchy. Keep it tender. Drain and set aside.

  4. Try to cook the cabbage, risotto, and fish at the same time so it is all ready at once.

  5. For the cabbage, drizzle olive oil in a LG stock pot. Add onion and sweat out liquid. Add rest of cabbage ingredients and cook on medium low heat until cabbage is tender.

  6. For the sauce, whisk together ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir very often.

  7. For the risotto, heat a touch of oil in a large frying pan. Saute onion and garlic until sweated off. Add rice and a touch more oil. Saute until just before rice starts to brown. Add wine and cook stirring often until it is absorbed. Turn heat to medium low. Add chicken broth one cup at a time cooking until the liquid absorbs between adding more. Be careful you might not need all of the broth. If rice is tender on adding the 3rd cup, do not add the 4th.

  8. When adding the last cup of liquid, add rest of ingredients except salt and pepper. Cook until rice is tender and mixture is creamy, but not too thick or watery. Adjust as needed. Season to taste.

  9. For the fish. Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees. Place fish fry in one bowl and beaten egg in another. Dredge fish in batter, then eggs, then back in batter. Deep fry 2 filets at a time for around 4 minutes. Batter should be a light golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in a 180 degree oven until ready to serve.

  10. Plate cabbage. Top with 2 trout filets. Cover with brenaise sauce. Top with a dallop of marscapone and sprinkle with a touch of paprika. Add risotto on the side. Garnish with a couple fresh chives. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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