Why Eat It

Why Eat It

Related to salmon, trout are freshwater fish that, in markets, range from 1 1/2 to 10 pounds whole. Rainbow trout, the most frequently available, is sold fresh or frozen throughout the country all year. It is an immensely popular game fish, but only farm-raised rainbows are sold commercially. Steelhead trout is an ocean-going rainbow trout that tastes like salmon; it is now also farmed. Trout generally have mild, sweet flesh, though texture, flavor, and fat content vary. Generally, the larger the fish, the higher the fat content. Lake trout is a large recreational fish caught in deep lakes in the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada; commercial lake trout come mainly from the Great Lakes and are available dressed or in fillets or steaks. (Some species of Great Lakes fish, including trout, have been found to contain disproportionately high concentrations of contaminants.) Smaller trout are sold whole or dressed. Substitute large trout for salmon in recipes.

Date Published: 04/21/2005
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