My regular readers know we’ve had my colleague and blog friend Tor and his wife Anne visiting us at our vacation home in Sweden. I’ve posted about some of our adventures earlier (scroll down to read!) and there are still more to come. This post will be kind of an intermezzo as I also would like to share one of our delicious dinners. To us, gathering around the table, enjoying each others company with socialized conversation is one of the highlights of the day. They brought champagne and we wanted to find a culinary sensation to match that. Why don’t you just sit in with us while I tell you all about it:

Rainbow Trout TableWe were lucky enough to find it in the local super market. I know you have this species of salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The fish is a reddish-pink band along each side about the midline that may range from faint to radiant. The lower sides are usually silver, fading to pure white beneath. Small black spots are present over the back above the lateral line, as well as on the upper fins and tail.

After living for 9 years in Scandinavia, my American wife Diane, has become an excellent at making seafood. Let me show you and then go on in details (click pics to enlarge):

Rainbow Trout Champagne #2 Rainbow Trout
Champagne: A Dopff Brut from Crémant d’Alsace. Right: Trout in the foil pan.

The fish recipe:
You simply lay it in a foil baking dish and sprinkle the fish inside and out with a mixture of herbs and spices, like paprika, garlic, red and black pepper. We then topped it all off with fresh clipped dill, butter and a cup of white wine. Bake for 30 minutes and voilà dinner is served.
Along with the fish we had boiled potatoes and carrots, cucumber salad and cream fresh. Your all welcome to eat with us, the dinner is served:
Rainbow Trout Dish

Like I’ve said: We have a lot more adventures to share. How about a trip to Läckö Castle or explore canal swimming on Göta Canal? My wife and I still have a week vacation left and between golfing, some time to post – so stay tuned!


  1. suddenly the leftovers i was planning to have seem so much less appetizing…

    Well, leftovers may taste good too – enjoy your dinner Lime!

  2. Mmmmmmmmm! Looks yummy!

    I know you love seafood too Maribeth :)

  3. Sure looks yummy and I am pretty tempted to try this Renny, I would probably have to use other types of fish. Do I need to cover the fish when I put them in the oven? Gosh…..I’m drooling now ;)

    I think you’ll be fine with other types of fish too – Yes: cover them with foil for the first half hour and then remove and let them brown a bit.

  4. Now you’re talking…there’s Brut Champagne. My favourite. The dinner looks marvellous as always. You two really know how to enjoy life. Thanks for letting me share it with you. You have no idea how I enjoy visiting the two of you and Tor and Anna. Have a great day. Big hug to you both.

    I knew you would love it Sandee – and the dinner too :lol:
    I’m happy you’ve liked to follow us and we just love to share you know.
    Big hugs back from both of us.

  5. I love Cremant d’Alsace! A nice, and more reasonably priced, replacement for Champagne. However as a wine lover, I must make a small correction — your wine was not from “Cremant d’Alsace” — “Cremant d’Alsace” is a type of sparkling wine from the Alsace region.

    I do agree and thanks for the most suitable correction. I know Alsace is a great wine district and I love their white wine too!

  6. mmmkkk I’ve had enough….time to ship me some wine and champagne….I haven’t had either…we are beer and whiskey country…I bet they don’t even sell that stuff around here. Looks like you meal was wonderful!

    Have a great time on the end of your vacation

    What kind of life do you live: no wine or champagne or not even nude beaches :lol: you have to come over and enjoy with us!
    Thanks and a great summer to you too!

  7. Dude I LOVE rainbow trout. As a kid I was sooo fussy about food but I always like trout. Your post has inspired me. Ok I’m off to the fish mongers tonight!

    I’m glad I could take you down the memory lane and inspire you – hope yours will be as good as ours!

  8. mmm, that looks delicious! As soon as it cools down enough here to turn my oven on, I’m going to give it a try :-)

    I now what you mean: we’ve had a week with almost 30C (86F), but it was worth it :-)

  9. Yum! I love rainbow trout – plus its always an easy meal to cook. Enjoy your time with friends in the sun as winter will be there soon enough :)

    Yea: easy to make and great to eat – a smashing combination!
    We do enjoy and are very good at it at this time of the year :)

  10. I browsed through your Flickr pictures today and saw these among others…you know we might just be able to get our own cooking show…what do you think…X Pat files???

    What a great idea dear – I would love to X Pat Files with you, how mysteriously exotic ;-)

  11. Dear all readers of my good friend RennBA’s blog:
    It was a dinner out of this world. 5 Star. Perfect – superb.
    And with such great friends.

    Thanks TorAa and thanks for bringing the champagne too – it was great sharing it all with Anna and you!

  12. This looks fantastic! I can only hope for something this elaborate on my upcoming Caribbean cruise.

  13. That fish loos scrumptious! Being close to the coast, I am much more familiar with salt water fish insteat ov freah water. However, that recipw would work well with any fish.

    As you note, the conversation over a fine meal is what counts most. Lingering over dinner and just conversing is what truly makes a meal.

  14. Your food pictures looks always so inviting and making me hungry . :-)

  15. You always know what you’re eating, don’t cha Mr. Renny. Ya know we Americans don’t quite as much thought into it. Well…I do, but most do not. That’s why I appreciate the fact that you leave it’s head on. I mean hey, why not. Seriously though – *egads*

  16. The rainbow trouts look too yummy! Lucky TorAa and Anna!
    *expecting to be well-fed by Renny and Diane when I go to Norway… Yeah!!*

  17. Looks so healthy :)


  18. After a fresh summer lunch with chardonnay by diane here a wonderful seafood /Crémant d’alsace! But I just would taste a good beer from Norway! You should suggere to Carrefour, one of the most important hypermarket, to import Norway beer and so I could “trinquer” with you all in Mariestat! “giggles”

  19. My grandfather used to fish for rainbow trout, here in Canada, as a sport ( and to bring home to eat.) He was a fly fisherman and made his own fishing flies ( we call it tying flies)

    I learned how to make them, many years ago from him, but have since forgotten. One day I’ll take up making them, again.

    You and Diane make me so hungry with all your food posts…..

    Your cucumber salad is probably very similar to the Finnish one I make….

    Those fish look lovely *drool*

  20. Ah, yes– champagne! You and Diane certainly enjoyed having Tor and Anna. :-)

  21. I’d say Diane is better than any Norwegian wife! I mean, look at these dishes… can I borrow her for a week or two? ;-)

  22. Hello again!

    Excellent summer food! I love trout and I must say that that recipe was not unfamiliar to me: it is delicious!

    I like your taste for food…I could say that you are a gourmand, my friend :D!

    Cheers and Bon Appetit!

  23. We call that living high off the hog, Renny. :)

  24. hmmm that looks yummy, thanks for the recipe :) Oh how I miss eating seafood .. fresh seafood that is..

  25. you just made me think of cooking may fave fish recipe tomorrow..have a great evening Renny!

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