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Fish Soup

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Fish Soup

Postby Arun » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:03 am

So I don't get the "Lurker" status (though I've done a bunch of it), I figure I best contribute...

Here's a soup that's now my favorite backcountry meal thanks to a friend.

[ ] Catch and fillet your fish (I used ~11-12" fish, filleted with skin left on).
[ ] Get the water boiling (I add a bit more than called for)
[ ] Add the flavor packet(s)
[ ] Optional add-ins: Red-pepper flakes, olive oil, Thai pepper (or the like), pepper, dried mushrooms
[ ] Put in the fish
[ ] Add noodles
[ ] Bring it to a simmer then turn the heat off
[ ] Cover and let sit until cool enough you won't burn the roof of your mouth (like I did).

Some food tastes great on a backpack trip, but not-so-much at home. Not this one. I've made it with smallmouth bass fillets at home many times now (especially good with fresh basil and bean sprouts).

The friend that showed me this meal didn't fillet his fish, but put it in the boiling/flavored water until cooked, then took it out, finished making the soup and ate the fish and soup separately. That looked good too, didn't waste any of the fish, and was easier.

There, now I've contributed & can go back to lurking.... but don't be buying out the ramen so there's none on the store shelf when I'm looking for it.

Knife & Trout Fillets (2).jpg



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Re: Fish Soup

Postby rlown » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:26 pm

Arun,

Welcome to the HST! Maybe show us your trout kit? viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4124

Nice knife as well. should probably be moved to the food topix area, but i'll leave that to the Mods/Admins.
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Re: Fish Soup

Postby Arun » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:51 am

rlown wrote:Nice knife as well


I don't really like backpacking or fishing, but every now and then the knife insists on it.

I waited a lifetime to get that thing, and in some strange way it enhances the experience and helps me retain the memories. I'll be gutting or filleting something with it here, and have the memory of those high-country trout come into view.

I have some other packing equipment I've been carrying into the woods since I was a kid that does the same thing when I use it... bring good memories back.

And yeah, moving the post to the Food category makes sense.
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Re: Fish Soup

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:39 am

Same soup and concept- but this also works well for smaller fish. Just drop the cleaned fish into the pot and de-bone in before adding other ingredients. Faster options than noodles (unless they are Raman) -- cous cous also works well or some instant potatoes for a thick potato-fish soup. If I use noodles, rice, or freeze dried vegetables, I cook the fish with these, otherwise the fish meat gets overcooked. Then I de-bone just before eating.
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Re: Fish Soup

Postby Arun » Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:15 pm

Thanks for the tip. I'll try it.
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