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    Loch Etive Trout Plait with Warm Lemon and Dill Dressing

    These delicate fish plaits are easier to make than they look. Serve them with lemon caviar dressing for a luxurious dinner party dish.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes to 20 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes to 40 minutes 40 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 2 Waitrose Loch Etive Trout Fillets, skinned
    • 2 large slices Waitrose Smoked Salmon
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    • For the dressing
    • 1 pack Waitrose Fresh Dill
    • 4tbsp Waitrose Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 2tsp caster sugar
    • Grated Rind and juice of 1 lemon
    • 4tbsp water
    • 50g jar salmon caviar


    1. Cut each trout fillet in half lengthways. Then cut each in half again lengthways to give eight long strips of fish. Cut the smoked salmon into four long strips.
    2. Take two pieces of trout and one of salmon and roughly plait together. Curl into a 'knot' and place in a foil-lined roasting tin. Repeat with the remaining fish to make four 'knots'.
    3. Squeeze the lemon over the top, season and cover with foil. Cook in a preheated oven at 190°C, gas mark 5 for 15-20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
    4. Meanwhile prepare the warm dressing. Save four sprigs of dill for garnish and chop the remainder.
    5. Place the remaining ingredients in a small pan and whisk well until heated through. Stir in the chopped dill and any juices from the fish. Adjust seasoning.
    6. Place the trout onto four warm serving dishes and serve. Moisten with the dressing and garnish with dill.

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    Cook's tips

    The trout knots will freeze well. Defrost thoroughly before cooking. The dressing however, is not suitable for home freezing.


    If you don't want to use smoked salmon, simply twist together two strips of the trout and curl around as for the plaits. You can omit the salmon caviar from the dressing but the finished sauce will be thinner and may require a little more sweetening prior to serving.


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