Chef's Recipes

Goulburn River trout with pumpernickel

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Goulburn River trout with pumpernickel by A Baker in Canberra.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Goulburn River trout with pumpernickel
"My husband and I enjoyed the Goulburn River trout at A Baker so much, we'd love the recipe, please."
Lucy Cheung, McMahons Point, NSW
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  • 600 ml white wine vinegar
  • 60 gm caster sugar
  • 1½ tsp each fennel seeds and coriander seeds
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 4 each baby red beetroot, golden beetroot and target beetroot, trimmed (see note)
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 100 gm pumpernickel, coarsely crumbled
  • 4 fillets Goulburn River trout (about 150gm each, see note)
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 2 cups (loosely packed) carrot tops (optional)
  • To serve: dill, fennel fronds and snow-pea tendrils
  • For drizzling: extra-virgin olive oil
Pickled celeriac
  • 150 ml white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 200 gm celeriac, cut into 2cm cubes


  • 1
    Divide vinegar, sugar, spices and bay leaves between three small saucepans, add 500ml water to each and bring to the simmer. Cook a beetroot variety in each pan until just tender (35-45 minutes). Cool in liquid, drain, peel and quarter.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 240C. For pickled celeriac, combine vinegar, sugar, saffron and 550ml water and bring to the simmer. Add celeriac, bring to the simmer and cook until just tender (10-15 minutes). Cool in the liquid, drain and discard liquid.
  • 3
    Heat 60ml oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add pumpernickel and stir occasionally until golden (2-3 minutes). Transfer to a plate lined with absorbent paper and set aside until required.
  • 4
    Place trout on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, season to taste and roast until just cooked through (6-7 minutes). Carefully remove skin (discard) and scatter with beetroot, radish, carrot tops (if using), dill, fennel fronds, snow-pea tendrils and pumpernickel crumbs. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve.


Note Target beetroot is available from select greengrocers. Goulburn River trout is available from select fishmongers. You can also use rainbow trout.