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Mutti's Pan Fried Troutlings

Mutti's Pan Fried Troutlings


  • 4 whole brook troutlings (smallest available), gutted, gills removed

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 4 tablespoons capers, divided

  • Lemon halves

  • Fresh parsley, coarsely chopped


Season each troutling with salt and pepper on all sides and inside the cavities as well, then dust with the flour.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat until it begins to brown, then add 1 trout and pan fry on all sides until golden brown, 5-7 minutes, depending on the size of the fish. Just before removing the fish from the pan, toss in 1 tablespoon capers and a healthy squeeze of lemon juice.

Transfer the fish to paper towels. Wipe out the pan and repeat until you’ve pan fried all the trout. I like to serve the fish family-style on a platter with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.