Seared Trout with Potatoes and Fresh Herb Salad

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Weeknight Gluten Free

Weeknight Gluten Free

By Kristine Kidd

Published 2013

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Sautéing the fish skin-side down in a covered skillet is a great technique that yields crisp skin and tender flesh without the need for any flour. A mustard and lemon vinaigrette both seasons the fish and dresses the salad.


  • Fingerling potatoes, lb (750 g), halved lengthwise
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons plus ½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Gluten-free Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup (2 fl oz/60 ml)
  • Green onions, 3, 1 minced and 2 thinly sliced
  • Halibut fillets, 4 (5–6 oz/155–185 g each)
  • Baby salad greens, 2 cups (2 oz/60 g)
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 2 cups (2 oz/60 g)
  • Fresh dill, 1 large bunch, roughly chopped, about ½ cup (½ oz/15 g)
  • Small fresh basil leaves, ½ cup (½ oz/15 g) packed


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220° C). In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Arrange the potatoes cut side down on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until browned on the cut side and tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mustard and lemon juice. Gradually whisk in ½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) of the oil. Mix in the minced green onion to make a vinaigrette, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette to a small bowl and brush over the flesh side of the fish. In a salad bowl, combine the greens, parsley, dill, basil leaves, and two-thirds of the sliced green onions.
  3. In a 12-inch (30-cm) nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the fish, skin side down. Cover the pan and cook the fish without turning until springy to the touch, about 5 minutes.
  4. Dress the salad with vinaigrette to taste and toss well. Divide the salad among 4 warmed plates. Top with the fish, and then drizzle the fish with a little vinaigrette. Arrange the potatoes alongside and serve right away.