Archive of BBC Food Recipes

Grilled spiced trout with lemon soy vinaigrette and herbed couscous

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 1
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. For the trout, rub the lemon zest into the flesh of the trout. Place the cumin seeds, salt and freshly ground black pepper into a pestle and mortar and grind together until well combined. Reserve half a teaspoon for the vinaigrette and sprinkle the rest over the fish.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a griddle pan and add the trout, spring onions and tomato half. Griddle the trout for 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until golden-brown and cooked through.

  3. For the vinaigrette, place the soy sauce, lemon zest and juice and the reserved cumin mixture into a small bowl and whisk well to combine.

  4. For the couscous, pour the stock over the couscous in a bowl and allow to soak for 5-7 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Fluff the grains up with a fork and stir in the rest of the couscous ingredients.

  5. To serve, spoon the couscous onto a serving plate and arrange the trout on top. Place the grilled spring onions and tomato half to the side, drizzle over the vinaigrette and serve.


For the trout

  • ½ lemon, zest only
  • 1 trout fillet, skin removed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 spring onions, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • ½ tomato

For the lemon soy vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice only

For the herbed couscous

  • 150g/5½oz couscous
  • 300ml/10fl oz vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • ½ tomato, chopped

Shopping List

Grilled spiced trout with lemon soy vinaigrette and herbed couscous

Fruit and vegetables

Tins, packets and jars

Cooking ingredients

Meat, fish and poultry

This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes
This site is under development - You can use it, but some things are not completed and may not be quite right!