Capt. Pete Rapps
The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season.
You’re going to want to start with two ½ inch thick sea trout filets, but if you’re cooking for more than two this can be adjusted as needed. Next, you’re going to want to gather together four tablespoons butter, one whole lemon, ½ teaspoon of pepper, and a four-ounce jar of pea-sized capers.
The first thing you want to do is melt the butter in your medium skillet, and once that butter is melted begin to add your lemon. Make sure to peel the lemon and finely chop the pulp before adding to your melted butter-coated hot pan. Next, season your sea trout filets with a little Captain Rapps’ Everglades City All Y’all Seasoning (available on website below), or a pinch of salt and pepper, and place into the butter and lemon hot pan, and sauté on medium heat until the meat of the fish begins to turn white. Don’t turn or flip the filets, and allow them to simply cook all the way through while laying on their original side.
When your fish is finished, it will lose all of its transparency and become flaky when disturbed with a fork. When finished, take your filets off of the heat, and place them on your plate to drizzle themwith the lemon butter drippings still left inside the pan. Sprinkle the fish with your capers and a bit of parsley, and you’re finished!
This recipe can be served with a whole host of different sides, and everything from asparagus or corn to French fries can work wonderfully to go along with your dish. Two sides that work particularly well with the recipe are fresh green beans and small red potatoes, as they really adapt to the flavors in the lemon butter well, while still holding their own as a side to the dish.
While this is just one recipe that you can use to create something special from your catch, speckled sea trout can be prepared in a myriad of different ways to suit your family’s particular taste. From grilling, to a pan sauté, to baking, the trout is a fish that really gives you freedom in how you choose to catch, serve, and enjoy it.
Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and springtime tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site for booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at www.CaptainRapps.com. Visit www.CaptainRapps.com, or contact Capt. Pete Rapps by email CaptainRapps@Outlook.com,
or phone 239-571-1756.