Technically speaking, a sea trout is a brown trout with a taste for adventure, leaving the river behind and heading off to sea for a few years. The salt water and ocean current modify its flavour and texture. This much sought after wild fish is strictly controlled and seasonal, prized by fishermen and chefs alike. Also known as salmon trout, sea trout has a taste and texture somewhere between the two.
Our 1-2kg fish are ideal for baking whole, while larger fish are better suited to filleting. Our whole sea trout range in size from 1kg to 2kg and come scaled & gutted, or if you prefer we'll happily fillet them. Please be aware that the filleted weight will be approximately 40% of the whole fish weight, so when you’re thinking about servings, count on about 500g of whole fish per person to give a 200g portion.
Sea trout are found right along the Dorset coast, as well as in local rivers like the Frome and the Wey. In fact, you can often see them migrate up river from late autumn for spawning. The fishery, however, is heavily regulated and there are no commercially licenced fishermen locally today. We buy our fish, when in season, from day boat netters on the north east coast, where each fish is recorded and tagged so it can be traced.
Seasonality: March - August.
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
Just like salmon or trout, sea trout suits baking, grilling, poaching, steaming or stir fries. Its subtle flavour and fine texture means it goes better with flavours that don’t overwhelm it. Like salmon, it pairs well with citrus, hollandaise sauce or samphire.
Oven-roast a whole fish with lemon, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and squeeze of lemon.
Fillets are delicious simply pan-fried in oil and butter, served with lemon and dill.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
Locally caught, sustainable seafood
We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.