Simple and great tasting. Those are key ingredients in any great recipe, and this one is no exception. So you want to make beer battered fried whole trout? Well the first thing you will need is trout, of course. But not just any trout will do. It must be fresh caught; store bought fish is just not as good, period. Besides being a great excuse to go fishing, one of the great things about this dish is relaying the tale of how you landed the big whopper that now sits on the plate in front of you. To get started you will need:
1-2 medium size trout per person (more if you are really hungry)
1 box of corn bread/muffin mix (per 5-6 fish)
1 beer (whatever you are drinking at the fish fry should do the trick)
A medium to large sized cast iron skillet or electric deep fryer (caution, if using electric deep fryer, do outside or your house will smell like fried fish for a week)
Vegetable oil (enough to make about a 1/4-1/2” layer in the bottom of the skillet or to fill the deep fryer according to cooking instructions)
Now that you have all of your ingredients together, you are ready to begin.
1. Clean the fish. Usually done while still at the river for easier clean up, but can be done at home. Take a sharp fillet knife and make an incision on the underside of the fish from the anus to the gills, remove the guts, then remove blood from the large vein running along the spine, finally rinse under cold water.
2. Pour the vegetable oil in the skillet and place over medium-high heat.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornbread mix, egg, and beer according to box instructions; substituting milk or water with beer.
4. Put fish in the bowl with the cornbread mixture and coat thoroughly.
5. When oil is hot, place fish in skillet and cook, turning once, until done (usually 5-6 minutes, meat should be flaky and white).
6. Garnish with lemon and/or tartar sauce and Enjoy!
Don’t forget to tell your friends about the great fight these fish put up, and how if you weren’t such a great angler all they would have to eat would be French fries and hush puppies.