Poached trout salad with crushed new potatoes and lime mayonnaise

July 13, 2014 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)

Poaching trout results in tender, delicate flesh.

TO DRINK: Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2007 should be drunk at every opportunity, and especially with fish dishes.

Poached trout salad with crushed new potatoes and lime mayonnaise

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 30 mins


  • 1 large egg
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fresh lime juice
  • 250ml (1 cup) sunflower oil
  • 4 trout fillets
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 12 baby potatoes
  • a knob of butter
  • 250g fine beans
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g watercress caperberries, to garnish



For the mayonnaise, whisk the egg and lime juice until combined. Gently add the oil to the mixture in a slow stream, whisking continuously. When the mayonnaise begins to thicken add the rest of the oil. Set aside.


Bring a deep saucepan of water to the boil. Add the trout fillets, peppercorns, bay leaves and lemon juice. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 4 minutes. Drain.


Boil the baby potatoes until they are tender. Drain and add the butter. Crush the potatoes slightly.


Blanch the beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and plunge into ice-cold water.


Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Make a gentle whirlpool by stirring the water with a spoon. Break the eggs one at a time into the centre of the whirlpool. Simmer for a few minutes until the egg whites come together and the yolks are still soft.


Divide the potatoes between 4 plates. Top with the watercress, beans and trout. Scatter the caperberries over the salad and top each with an egg. Drizzle with the lime mayonnaise or serve on the side.

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