• Growing up in Upstate New York, I had the pleasure to boat, fish and play in the Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario. Boating and fishing were some of the simple pleasures in life that I would always enjoy with my father. It instilled in me a great appreciation of marine wildlife and the natural beauty that bodies of water possess. Because seafood was so readily available, I was able to enjoy countless fresh seafood meals that were sourced directly out these two Great Lakes.

    Living out in Colorado now, the best fish seem to come out of the rivers flowing down from the Rocky Mountains. The trout in this dish really absorbs the complex flavors of the fruit stuffing and Fruity Thai strain, making you want more with each bite. Enjoy the spicy, sweet, and complex flavors of this dish whenever you are in need of a great way to serve fresh trout.

    Mise en place:

    8 ounce pan-dressed trout
    4 lime wedges
    2 slices lemon
    1 whole banana leaf
    1 clove minced garlic
    1 small minced Thai chile
    1 sprig Thai basil or mint
    1/3 cup diced fresh mango
    1/4 cup diced red onion
    2 teaspoons activated Fruity Thai olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon coriander
    1/2 teaspoon ginger

    Directions:

    In a bowl combine the diced mango, diced red onion, minced garlic, minced Thai chile, coriander, and ginger. Squeeze 2 lime wedges into this mixture and gently toss until evenly distributed. Carefully stuff your pan-dressed trout and lay the fish into the middle of the banana leaf. Place 2 lemon slices and a sprig of Thai basil or mint on top of the trout then dizzle the activated Fruity Thai olive oil over the fish. Season with salt and pepper. Carefully wrap the banana leaf around the fish. Make sure the banana leaf forms a little package and then tie with cooking string or butchers twine. Place the wrapped fish into a glass dish then bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the fish is flaky and moist. Open the banana leaf and spoon white rice of your choice on the side. Garnish with 2 lime wedges and enjoy!