How to cure trout with a salt slab
What you need to cure trout:
How to cure fish on a salt slab:
1. Place the fillet of fish face down on the salt slab with the skin side face up. Leave this to cure for 12 hours in the fridge.
2. You can also place the fish skin side down on a plate and then press the salt slab down on the trout, this method should shave about 2 hours off the curing time. These time estimates, of course, depend on the thickness of the cut but 12 hours is based on a 1.5cm thick fillet.
3. Once the allowed amount of time has passed, a puddle of water should have formed around your fish. This is the good-to-go, ‘cured fish’ green light you’ve been waiting for. Salt extracts moisture from the fish and because bacteria grow in moist environments, curing it with salt is a way of preserving the shelf life.
Once your trout is properly cured you can begin prepping it for serving.
Pea shoots or microgreens
Raw onion, sliced
1. To make ballotines, simply cut a side of cured trout into strips and then roll it up and wrap it in cellophane to hold it together. After a while the natural gelatin of the fish will help it hold its shape in the circular form.
2. Next you can cut sashimi like slices from your cut of cured trout and set aside ready to plate.
3. The salt slab lends itself not only as a beautiful serving surface but also as a delicate bestower of seasoning so don’t add salt to anything you’ll be plating with your cured trout.
4. Craig created a ‘no eggs mayonnaise’ emulsion to serve with the fish. You can use homemade mayo, a little wasabi or perhaps one of the AB products that take your fancy. He placed a blob of mayonnaise to one side of the slab and then smeared it gently across with the back of a tablespoon.
5. Begin positioning your cured trout sashimi slices to one side and the trout ballotines to the other. Then add any or all of the accompaniments that you might usually serve with smoked salmon. We used capers and caviar, a sprinkle of pea shoots (micro greenswould also work), garlic crostini, sliced onion, lemon wedges and a final grind of black pepper.
Et voilà. Your fresh, summer seafood dish is ready to be enjoyed, with some white wine may we add.
Don’t forget that the longer you leave the fish on the slab the saltier the flavour will become, so try to plate it just before serving for a subtle, salty infusion.