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Seared Trout with Squash Pappardelle_Hero

Squash Pappardelle with Seared Trout

Golden squash is perfect for this squash pappardelle with seared trout while fennel, tomatoes, and garlic scapes create the perfect flavor trifecta.
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Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 255kcal


  • Wide pot


  • 4 4- ounce skin-on trout fillets
  • 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil divided
  • 3 garlic scapes minced (or 5 garlic cloves)
  • 1 shallot peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 fennel bulb cored and sliced into thin wedges (fronds reserved)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved or left whole
  • 3 golden squash or yellow squash or green zucchini, trimmed and shaved lengthwise into thin ribbons
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Squash Pappardelle:

  • In a wide pot, heat 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic scapes and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add the fennel wedges and cook for 5-6 minutes or until beginning to char around the edges.
  • Add 2 tablespoons butter. Once melted and frothy add the tomatoes. Cook, mashing a few of the tomatoes lightly until the tomatoes are softened and a thin sauce begins to form. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the shaved squash and toss to combine. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the squash pappardelle to a serving platter. Wipe out the skillet.

Cook the Trout:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pot over medium-high. Once hot and shimmering, add the trout fillets, skin-side down, and cook without moving for 3-4 minutes until the skin is very crispy. Flip and cook an additional 2-4 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Turn off the heat and transfer to plate.

To Serve:

  • Divide the squash pappardelle between plates and serve with a trout fillet on top. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, if desired. Enjoy!


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 125mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 38mg
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