Joshua na die Reën's Sesame Grilled Trout

Joshua na die Reën's Sesame Grilled Trout

Total Time: 40 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4-6 people

Suitable For: Healthy fish braais

For our Cooking with Friends of Megamaster series, muso and all-round gentleman Joshua na die Reën joined us in the kitchen. His signature dish? A lip-smacking sesame seed grilled trout recipe with bacon asparagus bundles — cooked on a Megamaster braai — complete with a side summer salad recipe and creamy dressing. 
To watch the episode, go to Megamaster SA on YouTube. 


2 trout fillets

White and black sesame seeds

Cedar or oak planks, soaked in water

For Marinade:

1/2 cup honey

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

For Bacon Asparagus:

Fresh asparagus

500g streaky bacon

For Fresh Summer Salad:

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups cauliflower florets

1 cup beets

1 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup cranberries

1/2 cup toasted macadamia nuts

1/2 cup crispy onion sprinkle

For Salad Dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup crème fraiche or sour cream

2 tablespoons condensed milk

A squeeze of lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, crushed


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients and soak the trout filets for an hour before braaing.
  2. Preheat your Megamaster braai to medium heat. Place cedar or oak planks on the braai and close the lid for 5 to 10 minutes, until planks begin to smoke and char.
  3. Turn the planks over and place the trout fillets kin side down on them. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes or until you can easily pull the fillets apart.
  5. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fish just before serving.
Bacon Asparagus:
  1. Wrap 5 or 6 asparagus spears in bacon.
  2. Add them to the braai with your fish and turn after 10 minutes.
Fresh Summer Salad:
  1. Combine the ingredients of the sald in a large salad bowl and toss well.
  2. Combine the salad dressing ingredients and pour over the sald. You can mix the dressing too.


Tip 01 Tip 01

Braaing your trout fillets on a cedar plank gives them a delicious wood-smoked flavour. Be sure to soak the wood for about 2 hours before cooking. If you don't have a cedar plank available, use foil to prevent the fish from falling through the grid.

Tip 02 Tip 02

For your asparagus bundles, opt for thin bacon if you want a super crispy result.

Tip 03 Tip 03

Combine water, salt and melted butter in a spray bottle and spritz the macadamia nuts before roasting.