If there is one thing I love to do in the kitchen it's re-creating classic dishes, and changing them up to make them my own. On this particular night, it was the classic favourite fish and chips. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the taste of the deep fried fatty goodness of fish and chips, but knowing just how bad for you it is I had to figure out a way to make a more healthy-for-you recipe. I decided on baking the fish with a lemony paprika marinade and making baked sweet potato fries instead. You can just see the picture and know it'll be tasty! Trout is a wonderful fish to work with because it has a natural flavour that most white fish don't have. Let's face it, most white fish are bland. If you're going to cook healthy I say use ingredients that really stand out and pack a real punch of flavour. This one is going to be a sure winner with your family.

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

Baking time for fries: 30-35 minutes
Baking time for trout: 15 minutes

  • 2 rainbow trout fillets
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp each: paprika, sugar
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • lemon slices, thin (4-5 slices each fillet)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and cut into thin frites
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable seasoning or paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line both a large baking sheet and a small casserole dish with parchment paper. Place the two fillets of trout onto the casserole dish.

2. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, garlic, sesame oil, paprika, sugar, and dried oregano. Spoon the mixture over the fish fillets. Take the thin lemon slices and arrange them right on top of each fillet. Set the fish aside for now.

3. Take the thin sweet potato frites and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Arrange the frites so that they're not sticking to each other. This will allow for even cooking and help to crisp up the fries. Drizzle the remainder 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning of your choice, along with salt and pepper. Toss the frites to coat evenly. Place it into the oven to bake for a good 30-35 minutes, making sure to carefully flip over the frites halfway. The fries should be lightly crispy but not too limp.

4. When there is 15 minutes left of baking the frites, place the trout into the oven and bake. Both the trout and the frites should be ready at the same time. Plate the fish and chips and enjoy!

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