Wild fennel poached trout with courgette taziki

Trout with wild fennel and lemon

There was a knock on the door and my neighbour, who had been fishing in the morning stood there with a big smile and a trout. The catch had been plentiful and he was triumphantly holding up a lovely trout for me.

It had been caught just before going home so it was incredibly fresh and I loved it. We both love seafood and it was so nice of him to share.


I knew I wanted to eat it the same day and had a look around the garden for aromatics. I picked a few bay leaves, some fronds of wild fennel and a courgette. I was looking for flavours that would compliment the fish rather than overpower it.


Fresh trout brown trout


Wild fennel poached trout

preparation time 10 minutes 

cooking time 15 minutes 

serves 2


  • 1 fresh trout
  • 2 fresh bay leaves or 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 fronds of wild fennel
  • 1 lemon, sliced with pips removed
  • salt

Gut the fish, scrape any blood away with a knife and rinse. Place the fish in a pan with plenty of cold water, bay leaves, fennel, lemon and enough salt to make the salt taste like the sea. I cut the head off as I don’t have a fish pan and there wasn’t enough room but there was meat inside the head that I didn’t want to waste.

Bring to a boil, skim and turn off the heat after 3 minutes.Let’s stand for an additional 12 minutes and remove the fish from the water.

Remove the skin before serving.


While the fish was cooking I did a courgette taziki. It was a quick version so I guess it could be described as a light taziki.


Courgette taziki 

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time 0 minutes 

serves 2


  • 1 small courgette
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • chopped coriander
  • a pinch of sea salt

Grate the courgette and mix with the other ingredients.


poached trout with courgette taziki


If you want a more substantial meal new boiled potatoes would be lovely. I have to admit it was such a treat I didn’t make anything else to go with the trout. Since my neighbour told me he is now fishing for wild seabass and I sure hope he will get a good catch again!










9 Responses to “Wild fennel poached trout with courgette taziki”
  1. What a lovely gift from your neighbor. The fish looks so fresh and the way you prepared it beautifully. Your light tzatziki using zucchini is amazing.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Suzanne
      Thank you! I have some amazing neighbours and this was a brilliant gift! The taziki was a great surprise and I will do it again! And it was super quick and easy 🙂 have a great rest of the week, we finally have some hot weather here in the UK, I hope you have the same!

  2. Tony says:

    Oh my! I love fresh trout and this does look fantastic.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Tony
      it was so fresh it was just amazing, and if course it tasted even better 🙂 have a great Thursday!

  3. inte fan gör det det says:

    Greetings from Stockholm!

  4. petra08 says:

    Hello Jack
    How was your weekend? I am recovering from the bank Holiday weekend with good weather as a nice change. Thank you for the mention! In brilliant company as always! 🙂

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