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The herbs in this recipe are what might have been used in Anglo-Saxon East Anglia, but use whatever you might fancy. Try to use fresh, although dried is acceptable.
- 6 fresh cleaned trout (or other freshly caught freshwater fish)
- 6 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 -2 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 3 ounces soft butter
- 18 fresh mint leaves or 2 teaspoons dried mint leaves
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 6 fresh sage leaves or 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 -2 teaspoon sea salt
- black pepper (6 to 9 grinds)
- Put one sprig or generous shake of rosemary down the middle of each fish.
- Chop all the other herbs and seasonings and mash them into the soft butter.
- Use this to coat the fish generously on each side.
- Griddle, barbeque or grill it for 4-5 minutes on each side or till the skin is well browned and the flesh flaking off the bone.
- Baste frequently with the butter that runs off.
- Serve at once with fresh peasant bread and a salad or a simple green vegetable.
I've cooked small rainbow trout in a manner very similar to this, to great results.