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The Polo Grill
2038 Utica Sqaure
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 744-4280


The Polo Grill – Tulsa, OK

"She's the boss of me!!!!" writes Robert Merrifield of his wife and co-owner/co-chef, Ouida. They met 20 years ago at their first restaurant, and have been in love ever since. Through growing their careers, running multiple restaurants, and raising five children they have learned that part of the key to their successful relationship is to leave 5 things unsaid each day. At The Polo Grill in Tulsa, their restaurant of more than 17 years, the passion they share for each other and for food is reflected in the atmosphere of their restaurant. Robert says, “This might sound sickening, but after all these years, she is truly the most important person in my life.” Sounds like love to us!

Pan Fried Wild Trout with Margarita Lime Butter
Chefs Ouida and Robert Merrifield of The Polo Grill – Tulsa, OK
Adapted by StarChefs

This is a simple dish in the tradition of the South. I like to keep it simple with only parsley and lime to garnish. Don’t crowd in the pan, otherwise the fish will steam instead of fry and the crust might fall off.

Yield: 4 servings


    Pan Fried Wild Trout
  • 4 freshly caught and cleaned whole wild trout (or golden trout)
  • Kosher salt for trout, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Springs of parsley and lime wedges to garnish
    Margarita Lime Butter
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce Dijon mustard
  • 1 ounce fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 ounce shallots, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon anchovy paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 ounce Tequila Gold
  • 1 ounce Cointreau

For the trout:
Rinse the trout under cold water. Dry with paper towels and sprinkle flesh side with kosher salt. Place the buttermilk in a shallow baking dish long enough to accommodate the whole fish. In another long pan, combine the cornmeal, parsley, salt and pepper and toss to mix evenly.

In a heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron, heat the olive oil and the vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it is very hot. Quickly dip both sides of each fish in the milk and then dredge them in the cornmeal mixture. Pat the outside of the fish lightly to help the mixture adhere. Fry fish about 3 minutes on each side, using a metal spatula to turn the fish. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh parsley and lime wedges.

For the lime butter:
Soften the unsalted butter in the bowl of a mixer set on medium speed. Add ingredients and combine well. Chill to set. Serve with the trout.

 Published: Feb 2004