Wild Recipes

Trout in Parchment with Thai Basil


This recipe is the companion recipe to the Thai Basil and Ground Game Meat Recipe. Like I said there, I love Asian cuisines and my garden, as discussed in Ep 18 of our Podcast, is rocking with Thai Basil. My house is an even split of meateaters and fisheaters so I often cook both. This recipe was very simple using a cool old school method which never fails. Cooking the fish inside the parchment paper also helps keep the fish from drying out during cooking. I chuckled at myself when I added fish sauce to fresh fish, but trust me… it brings out some great flavors.

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Serves: 3-4

Special Equipment: Parchment Paper, Oven


1 cups of fresh Thai Basil + 6 leaves

2 carrots, grated

ΒΌ cup thinly sliced chives

3 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp oil

4 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp honey

1 lbs rainbow or steel head fillets, skin on

Salt and ground black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

Lime wedges

Prepared pad thai noodles

Chili sauce (optional)

Sesame seeds

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, mix 4 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp of fish sauce, 2 tsp of honey, and 2 tbsp of lime juice. Whisk until the honey is well incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Tear a large square piece of parchment for each trout fillet.
  4. Place the trout fillet on the parchment paper skin side down.
  5. Squeeze two lime wedges over each piece of fish. Leave the wedges on top of the fish. Lightly season each fillet with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Place 1-2 basil leaves on each fillet. Drizzle 2 tsp of the soy sauce mixture on each fillet, allowing the sauce to accumulate on the parchment paper
  6. Fold up the side of the parchment and roll to seal in the fish. Make sure the wrapping does not leak. Secure with butcher twine.
  7. Place all wrapped fish fillets on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
  8. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is flaky.
  9. Place 1 cup of basil on a cutting board and cut the leaves using the chiffonade method. See a how-to article. Add the sliced basil to a bowl. Combine with grated carrots, sliced chives, 1 tbsp of lime juice, and 1 tbsp of oil. Set aside
  10. Place your noodles in a bowl, top with the cooked fish fillet. Then add the basil slaw, sesame seeds, and lime wedge, and some of the soy sauce mixture. Add the chili sauce to your heat preference. Enjoy!

Justin Townsend

Justin (Choctaw) is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passion for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, podcasts, print, and with recipes. He also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.

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