Fennel-Crusted Trout with Lemon-Ginger Vinaigrette


1/2 cup finely chopped fresh fennel bulb
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
About 1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup golden raisins
4 boned trout fillets (4 to 6 oz. each; see notes), rinsed and patted dry
About 2 tablespoons fennel seeds


1. In a bowl, mix fennel, vinegar, shallot, ginger, lemon peel, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil until combined, then stir in raisins.

2. Brush both sides of trout with oil, then sprinkle with salt and fennel seeds. Set a 12- to 14-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour in about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, then wipe pan with a paper towel. Set fillets skin side down in pan. Cook, turning once with a spatula, until surface is lightly golden and fish is opaque in center of thickest part, 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Transfer each fillet to a plate. Whisk vinaigrette to combine and then spoon over fillets.