Trout with Pecan Butter Recipe

Pan-fried Trout with Pecan Butter

This is a beautiful and tasty recipe perfect to highlight the day's catch!

Trout thrive in Louisiana’s saltwater coasts, marshes and estuaries. Lauded for their mild, nutty flavor and flaky texture, they’re an excellent culinary choice often caught by kayak. After all, Louisianans love nothing more than a good catch. 

Grab a seafood plate at Parrain’s in Baton Rouge or at Middendorf’s in Akers. If you’ve caught your own trout, try this recipe, which pan-fries the fish and tops it with pecan butter and meunière sauce. This recipe is provided by Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine.


  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Seasoning mix (create your own with ingredients below or substitute with similar flavors)

    • 1 tablespoon salt

    • 1 teaspoon onion powder

    • 1 teaspoon paprika

    • ¾ teaspoon ground cayenne (or red pepper)

    • ½ teaspoon white pepper

    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

    • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

    • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves

    • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 6 Louisiana speckled trout, redfish or other firm-fleshed fish fillets, 4 ounces each

  • Vegetable oil for pan frying

  • 6 tablespoons pecans, coarsely chopped and dry roasted

  • Pecan butter sauce (recipe follows)

  • Meunière sauce (recipe follows)

Method of Preparation:


  1. Make the pecan butter sauce and meunière sauce and set aside.
  2. Combine the milk and egg in a pan (loaf, cake and pie pans work well) until well blended. In a small bowl thoroughly combine the seasonings. In a separate pan add 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix to the flour; mix well. Sprinkle some of the remaining seasoning and mix lightly and evenly on both sides of the fish, patting it by hand.
  3. Warm the serving plates in a 250-degree oven.
  4. Heat about ¼ inch oil in a very large heavy skillet to about 350 degrees. Meanwhile, dredge each filet in the seasoned flour, shaking off excess, and soak in the egg mixture. Just before frying, drain off egg mixture and dredge fillets once more in the seasoned flour, shaking off excess.
  5. Fry the fillets in the hot oil until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side (adjust heat as necessary to maintain the oil’s temperature). Drain on paper towels and, while still on the towels and very hot, spread a scant 2 tablespoons of the pecan butter over the top of each fillet. Serve immediately.
  6. To serve, spoon a scant ½ cup Meunière Sauce onto each heated serving plate and place a fillet on top. Sprinkle each fillet with about 1 tablespoon pecans. Serves 6.

Meunière Sauce

  • 1 cup basic seafood stock

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Method of Preparation:


  1. In a 2-quart saucepan combine the stock and garlic. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a 1-quart saucepan melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over high heat. Add the flour and whisk with a metal whisk until smooth, about 10 seconds. Remove from heat. 
  3. Return stock mixture to a medium heat. Gradually add the butter mixture to the stock mixture, whisking constantly until smooth. 
  4. Reduce heat to very low. Add the remaining 2 ½ sticks of butter, about a third at a time, whisking constantly each time until butter is melted. 
  5. Gradually add the Worcestershire, whisking constantly and add the salt. Continue cooking until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes, whisking often. The sauce may be kept warm (or reheated) by setting the pan over another pan of hot water. Makes about 2 cups.

Pecan Butter Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans, dry roaste

  • 2 tablespoons very finely chopped onion

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic

Method of Preparation:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until creamy and smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes, pushing down sides a few times with a rubber spatula. 
Makes about ⅔ cup.

Explore more recipes like this with Louisiana’s Culinary Trails. For more information, recipes and tips for your next trip to Louisiana, sign up to receive our eNewsletter