Looking for something that is delicious but light and summery? Try Chef Eric Bulpitt's recipe for Citrus and Fennel Cured Franschhoek trout. At its best, served with the refreshing and moreish 2019 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc or the more complex and mineral 2018 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc.
1 side of Franschhoek trout
500 g coarse salt
300 g sugar
zest of 2 lemons (zested separately)
zest of 2 oranges (zested separately)
30 g dill, finely chopped (use 15 g for the cure and 15 g for garnish)
300 ml water
200 ml white wine vinegar
50 g sugar
100 ml olive oil
50 ml white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to season
handful of micro greens
2 oranges, peeled, pith removed and sliced into 8 segments and then into thirds
Mix all the cure ingredients together in a bowl. Lightly dust a baking tray with the cure mix and then lay the salmon trout skin side down on the tray. Sprinkle the fish with the remaining cure mix, cover the whole tray with cling film and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
When ready to serve, gently wash off the cure mix and pat dry.
Sprinkle the flesh side of the fish with the remaining fruit zests and dill.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise in ribbons. Stop when you get to the seeds and then turn the cucumber around and peel the other side.
Combine the water, vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiled remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool to the touch, pour over the cucumber ribbons and leave to pickle until completely cooled. Just before plating, strain off the pickling liquid.
Combine all of the ingredients and season to taste.
Slice the fish at a slight angle as thinly as possible to get long thin slices.
Lay slices onto serving plates. Creatively plate cucumber ribbons on each dish. Top with small segments of cut orange, some micro greens and dill. Drizzle with dressing and serve with your choice of Sauvignon Blanc.