Utterly simple, delicately flavored, and prepared in no time. Needless to say, the freshest fish is a necessity. The dish comes from one of Galicia’ s fine restaurants, Vilas, in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, which has been a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages because it is here that the Apostle Saint James is said to be interred (see my book Discovering Spain: An Uncommon Guide for more information about the city and Saint James).
- ½ cup dry fruity white wine, preferably Galicia’ s Albariño, or Spanish sparkling wine (cava)
- ½ teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds salmon trout or other trout fillets, skin removed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 24 cockles or Manila clams or 12 small littlenecks, thoroughly cleansed
- Fish Broth or clam juice diluted with ¼ part water, as needed
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley
In a cup, combine the wine and mustard. Heat the butter and oil in a skillet and very lightly sauté the trout on both sides. Remove to a warm platter (the fish will be partially cooked). In the same skillet put the garlic, the wine mixture, salt to taste, and the clams and simmer, removing the clams as they open. Return the clams and fish fillets to the skillet and continue cooking until the fish is done (a total time, including the sauté, of 5 minutes for each ½ inch of thickness), adding some Fish Broth as needed to maintain a small amount of sauce in the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the fish, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.
Nutritional information includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving, but does not include Fish Broth. For nutritional information on Fish Broth, please follow the link above.