How to make Fjord Trout, mussels, ginger and lemongrass broth


Fjord Trout, mussels, ginger and lemongrass broth by Daniel Galmiche

This particular recipe is easy to make and only takes about 40 minutes. This aromatic Fjord Trout broth recipe blends flavours of the east with distinctly french techniques. Lemongrass, ginger and coriander flavour the creamy both beautifully, which is finished with musselss for an extra hit of seaside flavour.


600g of trout fillet, large, skinned and diced into chunky pieces

2kg mussels, washed

1 large shaloot, roughly chopped

2 lemongrass stalks, cut in half and bruised

50g of ginger, roughly chopped

250ml of dry white wine, (not too acidic, i.e an Alsace or Riesling)

1 handful of coriander leaves, chopped

200 ml of fish stock

400ml of whipping cream

40g of unsalted butter, softened for greasing

2 tablespoons of olive oil

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper


  1. To begin, thoroughly scrub the mussels under cold running water and rinse well. Remove the beards by puling them towards the wider part of the shell. If any of the mussels are open, tap them hard against a work surface. If they do not close, discard them. – 2kg mussels washed.
  2. Generously butter 4 flameproof 18cm/7inch gratin dishes. – 40g of unsalted butter, softened.
  3. Heat a large, deep saucepan over a medium heat. Add the oil, shallot, lemongrass and ginger and fry for 2-3 minutes until just softened but not coloured. – 50g of ginger, roughly chopped, 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised, 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  4. Turn the heat up higher, add the wine and cook until reduced by one third, allowing the alcohol to evaporate. Add the mussels and half of the coriander leaves, cover with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes at the very most, shaking the pan occasionally until the mussels have opened. Discard any that remain closed. – 250ml of dry white wine, (not too acidic, i.e an Alsace or Riesling). – 1 handful of coriander leaves, chopped.
  5. Remove from the heat and strain the mussels into a colander over a bowl to reserve the hot stock. Leave the mussels to cool slightly before shelling them. Discard the shells.
  6. While the mussels are cooling, add the trout to the hot stock and allow to poach in the residual heat for 4-5 minutes. After this time, carefully remove from the stock and arrange in the gratin dishes with the mussels on top. – 600g of trout fillet, large, skinned and diced into chunky pieces.
  7. Place the dishes on a grill tray. Strain the stock through a fine sieve into a measuring jug.
  8. Preheat the grill to high. Pour 200ml mussel liquid into a saute pan and add the stock and cream. Place over a low heat and bring to a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes until reduced by half and thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Season with pepper to taste and add a little salt if necessary. – freshly ground black pepper, 200ml of fish stock, 400ml of whipping cream, sea salt.
  9. Ladle the creamy broth over the mussels and trout in the gratin dishes, finish with some lemongrass stalks and heat gently under a grill or salamander before serving.
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