Pan-roasted ocean trout with curry butter

Neil Perry
Neil Perry's pan-roasted ocean trout with curry butter.
Neil Perry's pan-roasted ocean trout with curry butter. Photo: William Meppem
Difficulty
Easy

The curry butter is my version of cafe de Paris and it's awesome on fish, but equally good on any roasted or barbecued meat. Make it in bigger batches and freeze what you don't need, that way you will have a real flavour boost in the freezer for whenever you are having a simple dinner at home.

Ingredients

4 x 180g ocean trout fillets, pin boned, skin on

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

extra virgin olive oil

For the curry butter

1 tbsp vegetable oil

¼ white onion, finely diced

1 tbsp Indian-style curry powder

125g unsalted butter, softened

1 small handful parsley leaves

1 clove garlic

juice of ½ lemon

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 anchovy fillets

½ tsp capers, rinsed

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

1 small handful basil leaves

1 small handful thyme leaves

½ tbsp ground ginger

1 egg yolk

Method

1. To make the butter, heat oil in a frying pan and cook onion and curry powder over low heat until soft and fragrant. Set aside to cool. Process all butter ingredients in a food processor until just combined.

Roll butter into a 3- to 4-centimetre diameter log, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm.

Cut butter into eight discs and sit on eight small individual squares of baking paper. Allow to soften while cooking the fish.

2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, season trout and cook, skin-side down, for 3 to 4 minutes, until skin is crispy. Turn and cook for 2 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Turn off heat and allow to rest somewhere warm.

3. Place trout on four large white plates, place two discs of the curry butter over each fillet, sprinkle with sea salt and finish with fresh pepper. Serve immediately.