Cooking Fish - Ultralight Style
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Justin Gunn
(biggunn) - F
Cooking Fish - Ultralight Style on 02/17/2005 14:40:13 MST Print View

What does your UL mess kit include when you plan on eating fresh fish in the backcountry? What are your favorite techniques for cleaning, seasoning, and cooking your catch?

Justin Gunn
(biggunn) - F
How best to prepare my catch? on 02/17/2005 14:56:41 MST Print View

I'm interested in incorporating a lightweight fly rod and reel into my kit for use along the JMT and elsewhere. I'm curious to know what else I'll need to bring in order to suppliment my menu with some fresh fish.

For instance, will I need to bring a lightweight frying pan in addition to my 600 ml mug? Or, what's the best way to prepare the fish in foil over a fire? Then again, most parks do not allow open fires, so is there a way to do it with an alcahol stove?

Also, what is the best method for cleaning the fish? Does anyone have a favorite knife to use? What should I bring in the way of seasoning? What other considerations should be taken in bear country?

Keeping the ultralight ethic in mind, what would be the bare bones (pun intended) additions to my kit in order to enjoy fresh fish in the backcountry. The last thing I want to do after spending several years learning to lighten my load, is have to lug around a whole new mess of heavy gear in order to incorporate the catching and eating of fish into my trekking adventures.

I know I have an awful lot of questions, but I know you all have a lot of great insights. What do you think?

Nicholas Pandiscio
(npandiscio) - F
Cooking Fish on 02/23/2005 08:36:14 MST Print View

I've never cooked fish over a backpacking stove before. When I am planning on fishing on a backpacking trip, I generally do it in an area where fires are allowed.

My favorite way to cook trout is to gut it and leave it whole (filets waste too much good meat.) Then I usually rub the inside with a little olive oil (from an eye drop bottle) and a bit of salt and cayenne pepper. Then I stuff the cavity with a generous mixture of dried onions and parsley, which I soak in water ahead of time to reconstitute. I sprinkle more cayenne pepper on the outside of the fish, wrap it in heavy duty aluminum foil, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes over a small campfie (flipping it regularly so it cooks evenly and doesn't burn.)

If you make a fire, you can minimize impact by using small twigs no bigger than a pencil for fuel. Allow these to burn completely to ash, then douse with water and wait a while to make sure it is out before scattering the ashes.

joe forte
(jforte5650) - F
sounds good on 02/23/2005 12:34:16 MST Print View

I agree with cooking trout whole... a very easy way to cook it, and eliminates the need to bring a filet knife. You can clean a trout with just a 2" pen knife. My recipie includes butter, lemon juice, and oregano. Lets keep this going.... I'd like to hear more!

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Baking trout over an alcohol stove on 02/23/2005 13:09:10 MST Print View

If a fire is allowed I just season the trout and broil it using a light weight telescoping aluminum back packer’s grill.

Frying fish requires not only the frying pan you mentioned, but also a significant amount of oil or grease for each meal. The oil is not only heavy to carry, it is difficult to clean up, and it is hard to dispose of.

A much quicker, lighter, cleaner, and bear-proof method is to bake your trout, using a BakePacker Ultra-light (4 oz) , a 6” diameter, 2-quart titanium or aluminum kettle (7.3 oz for aluminum), and the alcohol stove you mentioned. See http://www.bakepacker.com/index.html

Place 1-2 trout in a 1-gallon Glad Food Storage Bag and bake. This solution will add a few oz to your gear, but will also allow you to augment your camp fare with a large range of other baked goods in addition to fresh fish. It bakes up to 1 1/2 cup dry mix which serves 1-2 people.

The fresh trout or game fish recommended for this device is as follows:

1 tsp. flour
2 T butter
1 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
Salt/Pepper
2 small trout, cleaned, remove heads (1 pound)
3 lemon slices
Optional: 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Add teaspoon flour to bag. Shake and coat. Arrange open bag over grid. Salt and pepper inside of fish (also garlic powder). Sprinkle small amount of parsley inside fish. Add fish to bag (one layer). Sprinkle with remaining parsley and dot with butter. Add lemon slices. Close bag. Boil/Bake for12 minutes.

Any small pocket knife or Leatherman is adequate to clean a trout. I use a small Swiss Army knife blade. Reference the URL http://www.2crows.net/h/cln/ for cleaning instructions with pictures.

In bear country merely place the used Storage Bag, you cooked the fish in, plus bones in an odor proof zip-lock bag until you can dispose of it or bury it away from where you are camping.

Justin Gunn
(biggunn) - F
Great info, everyone! on 02/25/2005 19:56:38 MST Print View

Terrific. Now we're talkin' fish! I'm curious, though, about the last post. When you mentioned "bake or boil," did you mean that you can simply boil the fish in a bag? If so, then a slightly larger pot would do the trick. The question then, of course, is for how long must one boil the fish, as an alcahol stove can only sustain a boil for so long. I'd guess a canister would be better in that case. That is, if you can boil the fish in the first place.

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Bake not boil on 02/26/2005 20:49:50 MST Print View

The fish are baked, not boiled, using the procedure I mentioned. They are much more moist when cooked than if done in a conventional baking oven and hence the confusing term “bake/boil” was used.

For the best baking efficiency and least weight to carry, use a pot that is approximately 6 inches in diameter or slightly larger. The lowest weight is achieved using a titanium pot (less than 6 oz and $44.95) such as the Evernew Nonstick Titanium Pot - 1.3 Liter, http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1&storeId=8000&productId=1842313. I use a slightly heavier aluminum pot that is exactly 6 inches in inner diameter and weighs 7.3 oz, but only costs $10.95. This same pot is also used for other cooking. You can see the pot that I use at http://www.bakepacker.com/oc436885.html

It only takes 12 minutes to bake two small trout. The 12 minutes occurs after the 1” of water, covering the BakePacker, starts to boil. This amount of time should be achievable with one filling of your alcohol stove. If not, boil the water with the Bakepacker in the bottom of the pot. Add the bag, with the fish in it, add additional alcohol and then run your stove for another 12 minutes.

You can eat the fish in the bag and not have dinner dishes to clean. I don't think that the solution can get lighter or easier than this for areas where fires aren't feasible.

Edited by richard295 on 02/26/2005 21:13:08 MST.

Troy Baker
(tjbst47) - F
trout on 03/29/2005 21:05:11 MST Print View

I gut the fish with a blade on a small leatherman, which by the way, the pliers are really handy for removing hooks. Also, if I catch a fish I might want to eat later, I cut some fishing line and string it through the gills and tie it to a branch. That way, if I catch a bigger one, I can release the other one without much harm. To cook it, I just put it in my 0.9L pot with a little water and I find it quite tasty without anything added. If you have time on the JMT, you should drop down to the Kern River near Kern Hot Spring for some great fishing. Artificial lures only, spinners work great. Its one of my favorite spots, maybe I'll see there.

Randall Miller
(speyguy) - F

Locale: Cascadia
grilling trout on 04/27/2005 20:14:15 MDT Print View

I use to always cook my fish in foil with some lemon pepper. Over the years, I found that I enjoy my trout grilled. I like to see the outside skin get nice and crispy. The foil technique works great but the fishes own moisture tends to steam the fish as opposed to a baked method. A small piece of chicken wire is very light weight and makes a good ultralight grill. I'd like to know more about Richards method mentioned above but I'm confused on how the baking works with the water.


(Anonymous)
Cooking Fish - Ultralight Style on 04/27/2005 21:34:26 MDT Print View

Gut the fish. Leave the head on.
Take a stick and put it through the fish's mouth and into the tail. Then you can roast/grill your fish. You can burn the stick when you are done.


(Anonymous)
not baked, poached on 04/28/2005 00:58:18 MDT Print View

I believe the correct term for "baking" in water (it's not baking) is 'poached' - not to be confused with illegal acquisition of game.


(Anonymous)
bake vs. poach. on 04/28/2005 04:36:46 MDT Print View

Perhaps "baking" is the correct term if the fish is NOT directly immersed in the water? If the fish IS in direct contact with the water, then perhaps "poaching" is a better term. Not sure if it's cooking temp related, or the distinction is direct CONTACT with water. Better yet, perhaps "steaming"?

FYI.

"Poaching (cooking)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Poaching is the process of gently simmering food in liquid, generally water, stock or wine.

Poaching is particularly suitable for fragile food, such as eggs, poultry, fish and fruit, which might easily fall apart or dry out. For this reason, it is important to keep the heat low and to keep the poaching time to a bare minimum, which will also preserve the flavour of the food.

Eggs are generally poached in water, fish in white wine, poultry in stock and fruit in red wine."



WHEREAS,



"Baking
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Baking

Baking is the technique of cooking food in an oven by dry heat applied evenly throughout the oven."



SO,



Since the heat is relatively dry (a sealed bag with the only moisture coming from the food being cooked), perhaps "steaming" is a better term?

"Steaming
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Steaming is cooking by steam.

Steaming is a preferred cooking method of health conscious individuals because no cooking oil is needed, resulting in a lower fat content. Steaming also results in a more nutritious food than boiling because fewer nutrients are destroyed or leached away into the water."

Does it really matter if it tastes great & it's more difficult for bears to catch the scent of?

Great Idea, Richard!!

John Carter
(jcarter1)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
bake vs. poach on 04/29/2005 02:22:20 MDT Print View

I own a bakepacker and am very pleased with it. The instructions say that:

"The BakePacker is not a steamer. Each small compartment of the aluminum grid functions as a self-contained heat exchanger. When the water in these compartments is boiled, the rate of heat transfer from the water to the plastic is very high. Higher, in fact, than a steamer, double boiler or an open pot of boiling water. Thermal engineers refer to this phenomenon as 'the heat pipe phenomenon.' The ability to transfer very large quantities of heat with small temperature differences is the main feature characterizing the heat pipe. The Bakepacker, then is a cluster of heat pipes that move large amounts of heat at a relatively low temperature (212 degrees F at sea level). The net result is that you, the camp chef, can now bake many things including cakes, muffins and quickbreads in a simple cook-pot."

So they claim that the heat is from the alumimum grid, technically a dry souce of heat. Whether this is what actually happens is anyone's guess. I can tell you that the results are often light and fluffy, but without a crust (like eating just the inside of a pancake).

I made an even lighter bakepacker using the bottom of a pie tin, with holes punched every 1/2". I lay this on top of 2 Z-shaped aluminum strips 1" wide on their side (creating stability and the so-called heat pipes). I have found the results to be identical for baking. And I shaved 3 1/2 oz, and it all folds flat at the bottom of my pot, creating much more useable storage space.

Since my custom setup has far fewer 'heat pipes', I am inclined to beleive that I'm just steaming the stuff.

Edited by jcarter1 on 04/29/2005 02:24:24 MDT.


(Anonymous)
steam vs. bake (or is it bake vs. steam?) on 04/29/2005 03:42:47 MDT Print View

For the purposes of this thread's recent discussion only:

You're baking IF the water vapor content (steam) of the food is escaping.

Yes, frying, roasting, broiling, grilling all allow steam to escape, but those cooking methods are beyond the scope of this thread's recent discussion.

You're steaming IF the water vapor content (steam) of the food is trapped or contained in contact, or in the same "air" space as the food.

So, if the food is contained in a pot or plastic bag, or a bowl with plastic wrap sealing it, for example, and little or no steam is allowed to escape from the bag, then you're steaming. It's a simple as that.

Temperature is NOT the issue. A pressure cooker is steaming the food at elevated temperatures depending upon the pressure.

Corinne Retzignac
(coriretz) - F
cooking and cleaning fish on 05/10/2005 04:43:53 MDT Print View

Hey Justin.
I'm not a light backpacker, but I can definitely tell you how to prepare: find the fish's hole (near the tail), slit up to the gills, wash it all out, gills included. Best to do it as soon as the fish is dead or you get a nasty musty smell to your fish. AS for cooking it, if it's trout or salmon you can cut it up and steam it in your Snowpeak 600 titanium mug. As for seasoning, you can pick up some "Adobo" (latin american) seasoning. Yum yum. By the way, this is Corinne (coriretz@hotmail.com). Drop me a note with your new address, punk. ;-)

David Ambrose
(FlyingCoyote) - F
Re: How best to prepare my catch? on 07/01/2005 09:51:18 MDT Print View

Great thread, everyone. Lots of tasty info.

I have some questions to add to the mix...

I'm a newbie fisherman (used to fish when I was young and only recently picked it back up, for backcountry meals... so please forgive me if I'm totally missing the obvious here) How do you scale your fish, or do you? I read recently an article that mentioned packing mud around your fish and laying it in your campfire coals to cook. When you crack off the dried mud, the scales fall off with it. I haven't tried it yet though.

Also, how small is the trout you'd toss back without even considering it as part of the meal?

Todd Homchick
(upricon) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Mountains
Re: Baking trout over an alcohol stove on 08/17/2005 15:41:45 MDT Print View

Richard's the man. I too use a Bakepacker. Remove the outer ring to lighten it up even more. Best part, keeps everything real clean. I just stuff the Trout's cavity with a clove of garlic, dried herbs, some olive oil, salt and pepper.

Jason Smith
(JasonS) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
Poaching with a cozy on 08/17/2005 16:40:24 MDT Print View

I am very new to fishing and was wondering if individual here thought it would be possible to poach fish using a freezer bag and a pouch cozy. Basically get the pot up to boiiling, add fish, then pour both into bag and seal up the cozy.

William Stoddard
(mstoddard) - F
cooking fish on 08/17/2005 20:04:30 MDT Print View

Reynolds Wrap has a foil out named "Release". It is treated on one side with a no-stick surface, and it works well in grilling fish. Lemon pepper seasoning, with paprika or Old Bay seasoning, a few slivered almonds or pecans, and the fish will be memorable meal.

Brian Schroeder
(Endoverend) - F
Another (untried) idea on 08/26/2005 10:28:23 MDT Print View

First I should say that I own a Bakebacker and have generally been pleased with the results. I do wonder about the health aspects of eating something that has been cooked in plastic that has been heated... it is hard for me to imagine that at least some nasty volatiles must get into your food..... I try not to cook in aluminum for similar reasons, but do wrap things in aluminum foil, believing it might be the lesser of two evils.... besides I don't like the skin of trout so I am at least not eating the part of the trout that is in contact with the aluminum.

So nere is an idea that I have not tried but I think would work..... Put some 1/2" to 3/4" sized stones inside your pot, covering the whole bottom. Then put water in to the level of the stones. Wrap your cleaned fish in foil with your favorite spices, lemon, onions, etc. as noted in some of the previous posts. Place on top of stones, cover with the pot lid and steam heat until done.

Advantages over Bakepacker: no plastic, cheaper, fits any size pot, lighter.

Anyone try this?

Brian Schroeder
(Endoverend) - F
Another (untried) idea on 08/26/2005 10:28:57 MDT Print View

First I should say that I own a Bakebacker and have generally been pleased with the results. I do wonder about the health aspects of eating something that has been cooked in plastic that has been heated... it is hard for me to imagine that at least some nasty volatiles must get into your food..... I try not to cook in aluminum for similar reasons, but do wrap things in aluminum foil, believing it might be the lesser of two evils.... besides I don't like the skin of trout so I am at least not eating the part of the trout that is in contact with the aluminum.

So nere is an idea that I have not tried but I think would work..... Put some 1/2" to 3/4" sized stones inside your pot, covering the whole bottom. Then put water in to the level of the stones. Wrap your cleaned fish in foil with your favorite spices, lemon, onions, etc. as noted in some of the previous posts. Place on top of stones, cover with the pot lid and steam heat until done.

Advantages over Bakepacker: no plastic, cheaper, fits any size pot, lighter.

Anyone try this?

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Another (untried) idea on 08/26/2005 12:31:32 MDT Print View

You're making me hungry. Sounds like an idea worth trying.

Steve Smith
(bardsandwarriors) - F

Locale: Wales
Re: Poaching with a cozy on 08/28/2005 14:52:29 MDT Print View

Re. Jason's idea to use a bag + cosy. The bag + cosy trick is mainly used for dry foodstuffs which need rehydrating, eg. noodles or oats. I expect the moisture in the fish will take a lot of heat from the water, causing the temperature of the water in the bag to drop. It's probably worth a try at home - but because of the moisture content, I think you will end up with warm sushi, rather than a cooked fish.

Mitchell Keil
(mitchellkeil) - F

Locale: Deep in the OC
Bake that fish on 08/29/2005 12:52:45 MDT Print View

Stop by the supermarket and pick up a Reynolds aluminum baking bag.(weighs about .5 oz) Gut the fish with whatever works for you. Throw the fish in the bag. Throw a packet of Kraft Zesty italian dressing seasoning mix (or one of the other ones Kraft makes). Seal the bag and throw it on the coals of a small fire for 20 minutes. Open the bag -- die from the fraqrant and tangy aroma. Resist the efort not to eat it right out of the bag. Gently pick the flesh off the bones and enjoy one heck of fish meal. ( If this is the first night out and you want something really great, Throw some small 1 inch gourmet potatoes in the bag and some asparagus tips. You will think that you have died and gone to gastronomic heaven.)

Almost forgot. Do this at home and your significant other will bow down before your incredible gourmet cooking skills and will even offer to do the dishes.

Edited by mitchellkeil on 08/29/2005 12:57:22 MDT.

Russ Whitney
(rwhitney) - F
Re: Re: How best to prepare my catch? on 08/30/2005 13:56:37 MDT Print View

David, Up until recently I have always gutted the fish, put spices in the middle, wrapped it a few times in aluminum foil and tossed it in the coals in a camp fire (leaving the scales on). It works well if you wrap a couple of fish together in the same foil.

Recently, I have done more backpacking in areas where camp fires are prohibited so I picked up a small titanium fry pan. I weighed the pan at 6oz with a small folding spatula. I bring along a little oil and cut the fish up into small enough pieces to fit still leaving the scales on. In either case once the fish is cooked the scales just fall off.

I'm very much a lightweight backpacker but I like eating my fish. That got me to take the fry pan. But if I'm going to haul the pan into the backcountry I'm going to make use it for other things, like making cinnamin chips! Take a tortilla and cut into small pieces, fry in oil and then drop into some cinnamin and sugar. Awesome!

About the size of the fish, I generally throw back anything under 12". What size fish do others here prefer?

Russ Whitney (Sawtooth Gear)

Edited by rwhitney on 08/30/2005 14:00:07 MDT.

cat morris
(catt) - F

Locale: Alaska
Re: Cooking Fish - Ultralight Style on 09/25/2005 15:43:29 MDT Print View

We've poached gutted,cleaned, whole trout or fileted salmon in water; thus, oil is not needed. This can be done in a large lid to a mess kit, or even a smaller pan or pot with the fish cut in pieces.

My favorite way to do trout or salmon is in foil over wood coals with thinly sliced vegetables added to the foil package.

Joy Menze
(catamountain) - M
adding lemon and baking on 11/08/2005 19:07:51 MST Print View

An easy way to add lemon to fish and other dishes is to use lemon Kool-Aid powder. The first ingredient listed on the package is citric acid.

A nice little baking video by the maker of mini Bull Stoves can be downloaded from his web site. He uses one of his alcohol stoves for baking of course. Of interest is that his technique does not use water in the outer pan and inner temperature can be approximated by how a drop of water reacts on the lid. Another similar system of baking is done by Brasslite oven.

Edited by catamountain on 11/18/2005 20:14:17 MST.

Mireille Halley
(tinyscrafts) - F - MLife

Locale: So Cal
lemon on 08/15/2006 16:31:43 MDT Print View

have you guys tried the true lemon? http://www.truelemon.com/

mark henley
(flash582) - F
A couple of ideas on 01/07/2007 17:27:30 MST Print View

1. filet the fish, place the chunks in the bottom of your SP 600 mug and put an inch of crystal light lemonade in the cup, cover TIGHTLY with foil, poach, steam or whatever the cooking is called until the fish turns white and flaky, over your backpacking stove on LOW, LOW, LOW heat.

2. Wrap whole gutted trout in foil with a little Italian seasoning or blackening spice. Put a half dozen drops of olive oil on the fish. Seal up the foil into an Envelope and place on hot coals for about 7 minutes per side.

3. Wrap whole gutted trout in foil with some spices, add some crystal light, seal the foil packet. Place the aluminum flashing lid for your snowpeak 600 only on the burner for your canister stove as a bit of a scorch buster. Place trout packet on top and cook on low heat (I haven't tried this one, you may need a tent of aluminum foil around the fish and JUST THE BURNER, to have an oven effect.)

Enjoy your trout.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Fish on a stick on 01/07/2007 18:19:51 MST Print View

Get a small bed of coals... form them onto a ring get a stick ...poke it in the ground in the cleared center of the ring... open fish mouth place gutted fish's mouth over the stick until lips are on the groung.... insure the fish is balanced... remove in 7-10 minutes... fish baked... no dirt/mud on body...( drip lemon on cooking fish if you must).

Pan

matthew hart
(jomatty) - F
Re: Fish on a stick on 03/08/2007 04:50:19 MST Print View

although i love to cook fish while camping i generally only do so when fires are allowed or when car camping and i can bring a heavy duty pan and stove capable of frying or a grill i can put over the fire.

ive tried a bunch of methods over open fires and my favorite is to bake it in tin foil like others have suggested. look up fish baked in parchment or fish en papillote to see the best way to do this only use foil instead of parchment. when done properly the foil will puff up and the fish will be delicious and hit you with a smell that will make you glad to be alive when you puncture the bag. bring along a little fresh thyme or rosemary and put it in the fish cavity to make it really special. leave the head on and dont forget to eat the cheeks they are the best part.

ive also tried the mud and leaves thing (in my case i brought some bannana leaves from the local asian market with me) and it was good but an awful lot of work. it is a fun thing to do if you are camping and have lots of time to play around.

for the person who asked about scaling fish i find the easiest way is to use a spoon or knife blade and you just scrape em off. they get everywhere so it is nice to be near water when you do this. crappie, panfish and bass will need to be scaled, trout will not.

matty

matthew hart
(jomatty) - F
yum yum on 03/08/2007 04:50:19 MST Print View

although i love to cook fish while camping i generally only do so when fires are allowed or when car camping and i can bring a heavy duty pan and stove capable of frying or a grill i can put over the fire.

ive tried a bunch of methods over open fires and my favorite is to bake it in tin foil like others have suggested. look up fish baked in parchment or fish en papillote to see the best way to do this only use foil instead of parchment. when done properly the foil will puff up and the fish will be delicious and hit you with a smell that will make you glad to be alive when you puncture the bag. bring along a little fresh thyme or rosemary and put it in the fish cavity to make it really special. leave the head on and dont forget to eat the cheeks they are the best part.

ive also tried the mud and leaves thing (in my case i brought some bannana leaves from the local asian market with me) and it was good but an awful lot of work. it is a fun thing to do if you are camping and have lots of time to play around.

for the person who asked about scaling fish i find the easiest way is to use a spoon or knife blade and you just scrape em off. they get everywhere so it is nice to be near water when you do this. crappie, panfish and bass will need to be scaled, trout will not.

matty

matthew hart
(jomatty) - F
Re: Fish on a stick on 03/08/2007 04:50:19 MST Print View

although i love to cook fish while camping i generally only do so when fires are allowed or when car camping and i can bring a heavy duty pan and stove capable of frying or a grill i can put over the fire.

ive tried a bunch of methods over open fires and my favorite is to bake it in tin foil like others have suggested. look up fish baked in parchment or fish en papillote to see the best way to do this only use foil instead of parchment. when done properly the foil will puff up and the fish will be delicious and hit you with a smell that will make you glad to be alive when you puncture the bag. bring along a little fresh thyme or rosemary and put it in the fish cavity to make it really special. leave the head on and dont forget to eat the cheeks they are the best part.

ive also tried the mud and leaves thing (in my case i brought some bannana leaves from the local asian market with me) and it was good but an awful lot of work. it is a fun thing to do if you are camping and have lots of time to play around. no bueno for backpacking trips when time is somewhat limited as it is a production.

for the person who asked about scaling fish i find the easiest way is to use a spoon or knife blade and you just scrape em off. they get everywhere so it is nice to be near water when you do this. crappie, panfish and bass will need to be scaled, trout will not.

matty

Benjamin Tomsky
(btomsky) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Trout every which way... on 03/08/2007 10:42:54 MST Print View

Great discussion of fish cooking options.... My feeling is that it's best to be flexible and have a few different techniques you can use, especially on a longer trip. This gives you variety of what you eat, and allows you to adapt to your conditions (e.g., over a fire if fires are allowed, fried in oil if you have some extra oil, boiled in water if you are in a rush).

Last year on the JMT, I used all three:

Frying trout in a bowl

boiled trout



The fastest and easiest is to boil the fish and then use the already-hot water to make some couscous or pasta. While the couscous or pasta is cooking, you can debone the fish and then add it back to pasta/couscous:

Trout couscous

Edited by btomsky on 03/08/2007 10:44:38 MST.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
true lemon & lime work great on 03/08/2007 11:32:04 MST Print View

i've used both - a few crystals added when cooking are great

i've also used them with dehydrated seaweed salad and it worked great as a substitute for vinegar

Craig Lewis
(craigl28) - F

Locale: SoCal
UL Trout Seasoning on 11/07/2007 16:16:13 MST Print View

Reading thru your great thread, I didn't see anyone mention yet using dryed grated lemon skin and dry dill weed herb.
White pepper is a good alternative on fish instead of black.
Sea salt is better than iodized salt.
Craig

Edited by craigl28 on 11/07/2007 16:25:08 MST.

Andrew Richard
(fairweather8588) - F

Locale: The Desert
trout batter on 11/07/2007 16:35:46 MST Print View

a chef buddy turned me on to something as simple as Kosher salt. I will NeVeR use iodine again.
Try using crushed pringles chips for your batter when frying. Of course it doesnt hurt to dip the trout in beer first, if you have it. Pringles come in such variety you can always find one you like, and original is my fave.

Edited by fairweather8588 on 11/07/2007 16:36:37 MST.

Craig Lewis
(craigl28) - F

Locale: SoCal
Japanese Panko Batter on 11/07/2007 17:42:02 MST Print View

Andrew,
Watching "Emerill Live" a few times taight me about sea salt which is same as kosher.
Another kayakfishing usergroup I'm a member of has a two year long thread on the subtleties of using Japanese panko mix for deep frying for tempura-type food.
Since this is an UL thread, I won't burden everyone with two years of arguing oil tempture, peanut oil vs veggie oil, water/beer tempture, etc.. Suffice to say pack it along if you want to experiment.
Craig

john seward
(seward) - F
Cooking fish on 03/13/2008 13:09:14 MDT Print View

Twice I've just gutted some fish and laid them on a bed of clear coals for a few minutes. It works okay, and obviously requires no equipment. I've used this method more frequently for meat.

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
Re: Another (untried) idea on 03/13/2008 13:48:19 MDT Print View

"So nere is an idea that I have not tried but I think would work..... Put some 1/2" to 3/4" sized stones inside your pot, covering the whole bottom. Then put water in to the level of the stones. Wrap your cleaned fish in foil with your favorite spices, lemon, onions, etc. as noted in some of the previous posts. Place on top of stones, cover with the pot lid and steam heat until done." - Brian Schroeder


This is just basic steamed (some call it "poached", apparently erroneously) fish.

West Coasters famously do this with whole Salmon in the dishwasher. Comes out perfectly, no cleanup.

As for cooking fish in general, in my experience the key is to *not* overcook. It's almost always overcooking that makes a good fish meal just "edible" -- robbing the delicate flavors and leaving the meat hard and dry.

Just a few minutes will do!

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Re: Another (untried) idea on 03/13/2008 14:59:03 MDT Print View

"West Coasters famously do this with whole Salmon in the dishwasher. Comes out perfectly, no cleanup. "

Wha...?!?

Wow... that's pretty cool.

William Herron
(Samoset) - F
Lot of great remarks. Heres my two pennys on 05/31/2009 01:12:39 MDT Print View

I simply cook cleand fish over open fire by running a stick through the gills and out the mouth I cook fish with a variety of spices lots of times just oliveoil and salt and pepper. Dont forget to reposition fish often fish cook fast. I have cooked 4 fish at the same time this way on the same (SPIT)stick. and they came out evenly cooked and delisous and I still had my cook pot clean for brewing coco or what have you.