ALMOND-CRUSTED TROUT WITH WHITE GRITS AND SWISS CHARD
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
- 1 cup white grits (not instant)
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup whole skin-on almonds
- 1 large egg, beaten to blend
- 4 6-ounce trout fillets
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, thick ribs and stems removed, torn into pieces
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- Lemon wedges (for serving)
Bring grits and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer, whisking occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and grits are tender and creamy, 20–25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, pulse almonds in a food processor until texture of coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a shallow baking dish; season with salt and pepper.
Place egg in another shallow baking dish. Season trout with salt and pepper. Working one at a time, dip skin side of fillets into egg, then in almonds, pressing to adhere. Transfer to a plate as you go.
Heat oil in a large skillet over mediumhigh until very hot but not smoking. Cook 2 fillets, almond side down, pressing with a spatula occasionally to ensure contact with skillet, until almonds are well toasted and fish is nearly cooked through, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until opaque throughout, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining fillets.
Wipe out skillet. Add chard and shallot and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until chard is wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve chard and trout over grits with lemon wedges.