Ever notice that when you go camping the meals eat, are the best tasting meals of all time?
There are a lot of meals that you can pack in with you, but in my opinion, the absolute best meal is fresh trout, right out of the water. If you have prepared campfire trout, you know what I mean, if you haven’t give this a try.:
Items You’ll Need: (We put Amazon affiliate links to the gear you’ll need!!)
- Fishing Gear- Whether you are fly fishing or reel spinning, gather your supplies. Grab some extra flies and lures. Remember, you are going out for the meal. If you need equipment, here are starter fishing combos to get started. (Fly Fishing Combo or Reel and Rod Fishing Combo)
- Source of Flames– If you are going in an area that allows you to pitch an open flame fire, I promise, nothing beats it! Bring a lighter and some waterproof fire starter. If you are going into an area that prohibits fires, bring a propane stove. If you are fishing where you are parking, you can bring a larger gas stove. If you are backpacking or hiking in, grab a lightweight compact stove. Make sure to bring a lightweight pan if you can’t have an open fire. Make sure to grab the appropriate propane.
- Sharp Knife- Always carry a sharp multi-purpose knife or fillet knife to gut your fish. It is always a good idea to carry a pocket knife sharpener. Learn how to gut the trout here.
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning- This is my all time favorite seasoning for trout. I think that it really takes the “fishy”flavor away. That being said, grab whatever flavor you like the most. If you have any seasoning you really like, let us know in the comments below.
- Tin Foil- The last thing you will need is pre-cut squares of tin foil. Again, if you are hiking in, you don’t want to bring in an entire roll of tin foil. I usually cut 1.5 foot squares and fold them up.
Other Items You Might Want To Bring: Forks, plates, hand sanitizer, extra propane, butter, herbs, lemons, fish
The Best Lemon Trout:
- Catch the Trout- If you are catching them like crazy, awesome. If it is a slow day, keep trying. Experiment with different baits and locations on the water.
- Gut the Trout- Go to the side of the water and gut your catch. If you are spending the night in the area, gut the fish at least 100 yards away from camp. You don’t want other animals to come smelling around in the middle of the night.
- Setup the Kitchen- Once you catch a pan size trout, it’s time to get everything setup. Start the fire or rev up the stove. Some fishing areas may have designated grills.
- Sprinkle the Seasoning- Generously season the inside of your trout fillet with the Lemon Pepper Seasoning. You can find it in the spice section of your local grocery store.
- Wrap in Tin Foil- Once you have the trout seasoned, tightly wrap it in the tin foil. Ideally, you do not want any of the fish exposed.
- Fire it Up- Put the wrapped fish directly on the hot coals of your fire or on a tin pan for the stove. Cook the trout 3-6 minutes per side. Time depends on size of fish.
- Enjoy- Carefully take the trout off your heating source and unwrap your fillet. Enjoy this high protein healthy meal. I always bring a bottle of Chipotle Tabasco sauce with me to top off the flavors.
Nothing beats being in the great outdoors on a beautiful summer day, pulling trout out of the water, preparing it, and enjoying your catch. We like to cook the fish within 2 hours of landing it to guarantee freshness. However, as long as your catch stays in cold water or ice cooler, it will remain fresh for hours after you land it.
Do you have any good recipes that you enjoy cooking up? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and let us hear from you. We love learning and sharing other people’s thoughts.