Brown Butter Colorado Trout

by Marla on June 2, 2014 · 17 comments

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Brown Butter Colorado Trout |

Happy Monday everyone! Hope y’all had a great one….I was all aboard on the Durango Blues Train. I’ll be sharing a super cool post about that soon.

In the mean time lets talk about this phenomenal Brown Butter Colorado Trout recipe…

Brown Butter Colorado Trout |

Remember my chef pal David Burton Sanchez (ahem Crispy Avocado Wedges with Crab Salad)?

This is another recipe we collaborated on. David cooks & I photograph him working his magic.

Crispy Avocado Wedges with Crab Salad |

If you don’t typically eat trout I suggest you add it to your meal rotation. Its a delicate flavored fish that easily accepts the flavors you throw at it. When David first prepared this trout for me I was actually silent. Like I could not talk (never happens) because I was so into the buttery flavors of this dish.

The whole idea of fish sautéed in brown butter (beurre noisette) is irresistible. Finger licking, plate licking fabulous!

Heavenly Skinny Grilled Asparagus |

The sauce has a perfect butter to lemon ratio. Paired with sweet golden raisins, served over a bed of skinny grilled asparagus.  Second time around I told David we had to share his recipe here so you could all enjoy it….whether you live in Colorado or not.

Brown Butter Colorado Trout |

You know what that means….my big reward was getting to eat it all over again when the shoot was over.


Brown Butter Colorado Trout

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Brown Butter Colorado Trout


  • 2 whole Trout filets (4 filets) pin bones removed, pat dry, trim tail
  • 1 ounce Clarified Butter or Olive Oil
  • 1 cup AP or Gluten Free Flour
  • Sauce
  • 4 ounces unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced Shallots
  • 2 ounces Pine Nuts
  • 2 ounces Golden Raisins
  • 4 ounces Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1 bunch Asparagus
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
  • Micro Greens for topping


    Grilled Asparagus
  • Heat a grill or grill pan medium high. Measure up the asparagus and remove ends. Coat asparagus with some olive oil, season with salt & pepper. Grill for a few minutes until a bit charred & crispy. Remove from grill & set aside.
  • Sauce
  • In a medium sauté pan heat the butter over high heat until it is bubbling & browned. It will have a fragrant nutty smell. Work on trout while the butter is coming to a boil. Reduce the heat & add the garlic & shallots to the brown butter. Next add the pine nuts, golden raisins & crab meat. Squeeze i in the lemon juice. Heat about 1 minute and remove the pan from the heat.
  • Trout
  • While the brown butter is coming to a boil.....Season each filet, both sides with salt & pepper. Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat with the 1 ounce clarified butter or olive oil. In a bowl season the flour with some salt & pepper. Coat each piece of trout with the flour, shake off excess. Heat the fish skin side up for about 3 minutes each side.
  • Plate asparagus. Top with the trout and brown butter crab sauce.
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