How To Cook Trout Over A Fire, The Best Camp Trout Recipes

Despite what you may think, cooking trout over a campfire is actually pretty easy. In fact, you probably do not even need a recipe. Alas, for those of you who have to have things planned out ahead of time, here are some great videos of how to cook trout over a fire.

  1. Onions, Garlic, Butter, Hashbrowns & Spices (plus, your trout, of course)

If this trout recipe doesn’t have your mouth watering, I’m not entirely sure what will. The stove being used here is a Firebox Stove, an ultralight stove used by backpackers that requires a few sticks and a source of ignition.

For this recipe, simply cut your onions and a bit of garlic, add butter and heat over the stove. Next, add your hash browns (be sure to cover with water) prior to adding the trout. Let the entire mess simmer (add your spices of choice, plus lemons just prior to devouring) until the trout is tender and ready to eat.


2. Fire, Salt & Pepper and a bit of Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper

If this dish were a Chevy pickup, it would be a regular cab base model. Simple, runs like a champ and gets you from point a to point b. And sometimes, when cooking trout over the fire, that’s the best route to take.

First, establish your fire. If you’re not going for an ultralight backpacking trout cooking setup, get a nice cast iron pan (you’ll be glad you did). A cast iron pan heats evenly and cooks considerably better than a regular camp frying pan.

Add butter to the pan, add some salt while the trout starts to cook. Prior to eating add Mrs. Dash’s lemon pepper and you’ve got a simple dinner that delivers the full flavor of fresh trout without any mask. Add a bit of chili for dessert and you’ve got a five course camp trout dinner.

In this video, the author scores the fish, allowing the butter and the spices to work their way down in to the fish. Personally, I do not score trout, but as mentioned it does work with thick fish.

3. Butter, Salt, Cajun Seasoning Trout Sandwich

This isn’t over a fire, albeit, but it is a simple recipe that you can use basically anywhere.

Get a bunch of butter in your pan, add the fish and salt it. In this case, add all the butter.

Fry bread and butter. Add pickles and tomato (plus Mayo), add the fish and you’ve got a back country smorgasbord.

Bonus Clip, hot springs bacon and eggs. 

For those of you dreaming of the mountains, I highly recommend you check out Ace Videos on Youtube.

Find me a more scenic location to cook bacon and eggs, you can’t.

Bonus Video: Cooking Trout on a rock for survival

In this video, the author isn’t actually cooking trout, but the concept is the same and you should appreciate the survival aspect of the cooking video.

The author starts cooking at about 2:45 in the video, however, he goes through the process of starting the fire without a match from the start. Well worth the watch.



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