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How to Cook Trout Over a Blazing Campfire

By Edited Nov 30, 2015 4 19

From stream to skillet

Trout stream
Trout Stream

  Seeing the day's catch sizzling in the skillet over the blazing campfire is the pride of the true fisherman. Outdoor cooking presents the fish at the peak of freshness. One can hardly find a faster, more direct route for food than from mountain stream to skillet, and it's not possible to find fish that taste better or that create greater excitement. Fresh-water trout is unequaled when cooked straight from the stream.

Mountain Rainbow Trout
Ingredients;
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons
6 large fresh trout, cleaned with head and tail left on
shortening for frying

  Step 1...Combine the 2/3 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup flour, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon paprika in a large reclosable plastic bag or a large bowl.

 Step 2... In a large heavy cast iron skillet, heat a little shortening over hot coals until both skillet and shortening are hot.

Step 3...While the shortening and skillet are heating coat the trout with the mixture from step 1.

Step 4...cook fish in skillet until lightly browned, about 4 minutes on each side. Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

   Do Not Over Cook.
Makes 6 servings


Pan-fried Brook Trout
Ingredients;
4 to 6 trout, cleaned, with head and tail left on

Pan-fried trout

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
salt
Sesame trout with lemon wedges

7 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced chives

Step 1...Rinse fish with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Dust lightly with the flour and sprinkle with salt.

Step 2...In a large heavy skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter with the 3 tablespoons oil. When it is hot, put in the trout and fry over hot coals. When browned, turn and brown the other side; each side will take about 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3...Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter with lemon juice and chives in a small pan. When the trout is done pour this sauce on.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Sesame Trout
Ingredients:
6 whole rainbow trout
salt and pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Sesame trout with lemon wedges

1/4 cup sesame seed, toasted
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 lemons, cut in wedges

Step 1...Sprinkle the inside of fish with a little salt and pepper.

Step 2...Combine oil, sesame seed, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper, mix well.

Step 3...Place the fish in  a well-greased hinged wire basket.  Brush the fish inside and out with sauce; close basket.

Step 4...Cook over medium hot coals for 5 to 8 minutes, repeat brushing. Turn, cook 5 to 8 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
 Serve with the lemon wedges.

Makes 6 servings.
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Comments

Feb 7, 2012 11:20am
JadeDragon
Well written recipes for cooking trout outdoors. I sent you a link from one of my backpacking articles. Fry on!
Feb 7, 2012 12:31pm
Lynsuz
Thanks Jade, I'll link you back.
Feb 7, 2012 12:06pm
healthy1chef
I use sesame seeds a lot in cooking and find them a great addition to many meals. Your recipe sounds delicious and easy, I'll share with my buddy who loves to fish for trout, walleye and perch but not sure he cooks right at the stream. Cheers!
Feb 7, 2012 12:31pm
Lynsuz
Thanks healty1chef
Feb 7, 2012 8:13pm
southerngirl09
I am hold a fork in my hand, just waiting for my plate. What could be better than fresh fried trout? Great recipes!
Feb 8, 2012 9:19am
Lynsuz
Thanks girl, why wait for a plate eat it right out of the pan.
Feb 9, 2012 2:07pm
Jack_Luca
Yum! Nothing better than fresh trout.
Feb 14, 2012 10:58am
divaonline
Love this article. I was in the recreational fishing industry for a few years and enjoyed going out on the water and bringing home dinner. No matter what the fish, it's always sooooo good when you eat it right from the water.
Feb 14, 2012 3:10pm
Lynsuz
Yes it is diva, my favorite is catfish.
Feb 15, 2012 1:04pm
jcmayer777
I've done this - from stream directly to pan and it tastes the best. I have used a very similar recipe to the sesame one you listed and it's always fantastic.
Feb 18, 2012 3:12pm
Lynsuz
Thanks for stopping by jc.
Feb 17, 2012 6:40am
hillloyd
Gonna try this tomorrow. Unfortunately, I'll have to "catch" the fish at HEB.
Mar 1, 2012 3:22pm
Lynsuz
Too bad, but fresh fish always tastes better cooked outdoors.
Feb 27, 2012 10:09pm
EGreen
I have done very little fishing but this was interesting. I am sure your recipe it great. As hilloyd mentions, I'd have to get my fish from the store. I will try your recipe regardless. It looks great!
Mar 25, 2012 2:41pm
Lynsuz
Thanks EGreen.
Feb 27, 2012 10:30pm
DebDavies
I love fishing and trying new things with freshly caught pan fish. Can't wait to go to my favorite lake this year!
Mar 25, 2012 2:41pm
Lynsuz
Yes, fresh water fish are the best.
Feb 28, 2012 1:49am
eileen
Great article on cooking fish. Like someone else said you have to catch the fish first and that isnt so easy. I reckon the guys on the fishing shows on TV cheat, they always catch fish.
Mar 25, 2012 2:43pm
Lynsuz
No fishing for trout is not easy, but well worth the effort.
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