Whole Trout in Salt Dough

You need

250g salt

2 lemons, zest only

3 eggs

500g bakers flour

250g water

1kg-1.5kg whole fish ocean trout

1 fennel bulb, offcuts & stems

2 sprigs parsley

2 sprigs dill

1 leek, trimmed, white portion only

60g unsalted butter

1tsp fish sauce

1tsp vegetable stock paste

100g white wine

40g vermouth

100g cream

18 baby potatoes

250g spinach, leaves only, washed

olive oil

sea salt

black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Place lemon zest and salt into the bowl, 10 sec/ speed 9. Add flour, water and 2 eggs. Mix 10 sec/ speed 6. Knead for 2 minutes on dough mode. Set aside in the fridge for 2 hours. Wash and dry mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare fish, wash and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Trim the fennel bulb reserving the offcuts. Slice fennel into 8 wedges and set aside. Place fennel offcuts (150g), parsley and dill into mixing bowl chop 3 sec /speed 4.5. Place mixture into the cavity of the fish firmly.
  4. Line a tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 190C.
  5. Flour work surface, roll with the dough to 5mm thick to a rectangular shape large enough to fit wrapping the fish in an envelope. Mix the remaining egg with a tablespoon of water and brush the inner seams with the egg wash. Fold pastry over, firmly press the edges down to the outline of the fish. Cut away any excess and brush the outer shell with remaining egg wash. Place fish on baking tray, surround with fennel wedges and place in oven for 30-40 minutes.(see tips)
  6. Place leek, roughly chopped, into mixing bowl, chop 3 sec/ speed 7, add butter and cook 3 mins/Varoma/ speed 1. Weigh in white wine, 120g water, vermouth, fish sauce, and stock paste into the mixing bowl. Place potatoes into the varoma dish and set in place. Cook 15 min/ varoma/ speed 1.
  7. Place spinach on the varoma tray sprinkle with olive oil and season. Place tray on varoma dish cook 3 min/ Varoma/ speed 1.
  8. Place vegetables into Thermoserver. Add cream to mixing bowl, then with MC in place, blend 30 sec/ speed 5 turning slowly up to speed 9. Pour into serving jug.
  9. Cut a neat incision around fish, unfold carefully to reveal cooked fish. Serve with vegetables and sauce.


Allow 200g fish per persons.

Larger/ thicker fish require a longer cook time up to 45 minutes.

Dough will cover fish to 1.5kg, make two batches to wrap larger fish up to 3kg.

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