Trout with Brown Butter and Capers

Trout with Brown Butter and Capers (serves 2)


  • 2 butterflied whole trout
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • Olive oil, for sauteeing
  • 1 tablespoons butter, plus 1/2 tablespoon
  • 1 lemon, supremed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers
  • Toasted Croutons, recipe follows
  • 1/8 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup chopped parsley leaves



Lay out the trout so the skin side is down. Open the flesh like a book. With a sharp knife, carefully cut out the backbone, making sure to keep the fillets attached at the head and the tail. Season both sides of the trout with salt and pepper.

Lightly dredge both sides of the trout with flour, shaking off any excess. Heat a large saute pan over high heat. When the pan is hot, add enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Heat the oil until it shimmers when swirled. Carefully add the trout, flesh-side down, starting at the tail and laying away from you towards the head.  Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a platter and keep warm.

Once the trout is cooked, return the pan to medium-high heat and remove all but 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and cook just until it begins to brown and smell nutty, about 3 minutes. Add the capers, lemons, croutons, white wine, and lemon juice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley and pour over the trout.

Toasted Croutons:

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 (1/2-inch thick) slices white bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large saute pan over high heat. Add the olive oil and heat. When the oil is hot, add the bread cubes and cook, stirring, until toasted and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and cool.

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