Made with: ☑ Love ☑ Bacon
Steelhead trout is one of my favorite fish. It’s as versatile as its piscine cousin, the salmon, but generally costs at least a dollar less per pound at our local supermarket, which makes it perfect for my administrative worker budget.
Bacon is one of my favorite ingredients to include in meat (and meaty fish) dishes, not to mention just by itself — although the title of this blog should’ve been an indicator of that. We’d previously wrapped salmon filets in thick-cut bacon with mixed results — although thick-cut bacon is our preferred kind on its own, because you get that crisp outside and chewy center if it’s cooked right, it’s not the best for wrapping food. Even if you use skewers or kitchen twine, thick-cut bacon has a tendency to go all wiggly and spring away from the food you’re trying to encase in tasty, bacony goodness.
For this recipe, we went with thin cut (regular) bacon instead, and we’ll never use any other type for wrapping again. We didn’t even need to tie or skewer it to the filets, and the fish ended up being basically perfect.
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “Oh dear God, what have I done to this poor food?!” and 10 being “I would eat this every day. For every meal.” I would give this an 8. It’s that good. We served ours with a heap of buttered, steamed Brussels sprouts, but this fish would work equally well with green beans or peas.
- 2 4-6oz. filets steelhead trout
- 4 slices thin-cut bacon
- Oven-safe frying pan
- With a paper towel, pat filets very dry on both sides. Wrap with first slice of bacon, tucking ends underneath (skin side down). Wrap with second slice of bacon, covering areas not wrapped with first slice.
- Move oven rack to center and turn on the broiler. On the range, heat your oven-safe frying pan and spray lightly with cooking spray. Place filets skin-side down and fry 2-3 minutes to cook the bacon underneath and sear the skin.
- Transfer frying pan with filets into the oven and broil for 5-7 minutes, until the bacon on top is cooked. Remove from oven; serve immediately.