Monty Koludrovic hot-smoked Petuna ocean trout with pickled lombardi peppers

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and don't be afraid to burn the garlic bread!



10 serves


10 pickled Lombardi peppers, or other small pickled chilli
1 bunch rocket
2 lemons, peeled and cut into chunks
Extra-virgin olive oil

Hot-smoked Petuna Ocean Trout

1 kg piece of Petuna Ocean Trout, skin on, pin bones
removed, trimmed to an even rectangle
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

Black garlic bread

250 gm softened butter
½ bulb black garlic, cloves crushed
1½ garlic cloves, crushed
¼ tsp squid ink (see note)
1 tbsp chopped herbs, such as parsley, chives, tarragon
½ small red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
Finely grated rind of ¼ lemon
1½ tsp white wine vinegar
1 sourdough loaf, thickly sliced

Pine nut-herb topping

50 gm roasted pine nuts, coarsely chopped
½ cup finely chopped parsley and mint
6 basil leaves, finely chopped
1 small Spanish onion, very finely diced
2 long red chilli, seeded and very finely diced
Finely grated rind of ½ lemon
60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil

Yoghurt-garlic dressing

75 gm natural yoghurt
2 tsp tahini, well stirred
2 roasted garlic cloves
Juice of ½ lemon


Prep time 25 mins, cook 45 mins
(plus marinating, resting)
Serves 10 as entrée

For smoked ocean trout, brush the fish with the oil and season with salt. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 100C. Line a flameproof roasting pan with foil and place a wire rack on top. Add woodchips (see note) and place over medium heat until smoking (not too much or ocean trout will become acrid.) Cover pan tightly with several layers of foil. Once pan is fairly full of smoke, slide fish onto the rack, cover tightly, remove from heat and smoke for about 10 minutes. Remove ocean trout, cool, then wrap in baking paper and place skin-side down in an oven tray. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and cook a further 12 minutes (for medium-rare). Remove from oven, rest in tray for 10 minutes, then unwrap, peel off skin and gently scrape away the grey blood line. Keep warm.

For garlic bread, increase oven to 190C. Mix ingredients except bread in a bowl. Spread bread with the butter, then sandwich slices together. Wrap each sandwich in foil and bake on an oven tray, turning once, until butter is melted and bread turns golden on the edges (10-15 minutes). Keep warm in foil until ready to serve.

For topping, combine ingredients in a bowl.
For dressing, combine ingredients and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper in a bowl.


Gently spread the dressing on the ocean trout, then press herb topping evenly over and transfer to a serving plate. Top with pickled peppers, rocket and lemon, drizzle with olive oil and serve with black garlic bread.

Squid ink is available from fishmongers and select delicatessens.
Woodchips are sold at barbecue shops.