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How do you prepare and cook your trout while backpacking?

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Postby gary c. » Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:14 am

Thanks' for the suggestions. I will give poaching a try. :nod:
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Postby mountaineer » Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:31 pm

cmon4day wrote:The easiest way to cook your trout is to wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them onto some glowing coals from the fire. About 5-7 a side and they are done. Fast, easy, and they taste goooood.

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Ditto. My extravagance in backcountry cooking is usually a container of squeeze butter and a container of seasoned salt. I wrap the trout in the foil, smothered in a mixture of butter and seasoned salt, do the 5-7/side and then enjoy.
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Postby huts » Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:40 pm

We used to roll them in cornmeal and then fry but to lighten my pack (now traveling alone) I have gone to poaching in water and tamari sauce. Large fish have to be chunked as my pot is not large.
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Postby gary c. » Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:09 pm

I went ahead and ordered on of the saucepans linked below so that I can give poaching a try when I will be in the no campfire areas. Beetween it and my MSR titanium pot they still wiegh less than the pot I carried in the past.
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http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/48125 ... _HIKING_SA
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Postby freestone » Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:45 pm

Here is a sample recipe and technique, non backpacking version. These recipes can be service hot or cold so if it doesn't all get eaten at dinner, the leftovers could be lunch the next day. (hold the mayo until serving, use only the mayo packets)

http://www.toptrout.co.uk/acatalog/Topt ... on_34.html
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Postby giantbrookie » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:06 pm

[quote="gary c."]I went ahead and ordered on of the saucepans linked below so that I can give poaching a try when I will be in the no campfire areas. Beetween it and my MSR titanium pot they still wiegh less than the pot I carried in the past.
Gary C.

As noted in my earlier post, I essentially poach my fish when in no campfire areas (as does Huts), but I think the key is to use only enough water as necessary. Too much and it is essentially boiled and you lose flavor. Too little, of course and you burn on the bottom before the fish is completely cooked. Similar to Huts I use a sauce (teriyaki, which is pretty similar to tamari sauce), and I also use oil and add a bit of water only if necessary: If I'm getting a bunch of small brookies (cleaned and sitting in the lake on a stringer, say) from the water and flopping them into my pot, there is enough extra water slopping into the pot (along with the fish). If I'm chunking a big fella or two and throwing the chunks into the pot I usually add a smidgen of water in addition to the sauce and oil. The perfect balance is for all the excess liquid to be nearly boiled off right at the time the fish is cooked. Then you have some yummy crunchy stuff on the bottom and not a bunch of excess fish soup slopping around. The oil (olive oil is nice, but even regular vegetable oil such as canola is OK) really enhances the flavor (in by book) in addition to boosting the number of calories (always a good thing while backpacking). Oil is both good and bad when it comes to cleaning. The good, with an old regular lightweight aluminum pot w/o non stick coating (such as mine) is that it keeps the fish from sticking too much. The bad is that, well, it's oily.
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Postby Lightning Dog » Fri Jun 29, 2007 11:27 am

I just had my first experience catching and enjoying trout while backpacking. Below Register Creek and then above Waterwheel Falls along the Tuolumne River last week we caught 8" Rainbows and a couple of 10" Browns.
While we hadn't counted on fish for dinner, we had our fingers crossed and I took foil, olive oil, and a tube of Pesto just in case. It turns out that we also had a small frying pan along. First night we pan fried in olive oil. Second night we steamed in foil and Pesto sauce. Both were great!! Also made cheese and pesto quesadillos. Best camp food I've had in a long, long time.
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Postby mountaineer » Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:27 pm

Lightning Dog wrote:I just had my first experience catching and enjoying trout while backpacking.


You have finally LIVED!
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Postby Sharp Rock » Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:12 pm

mountaineer wrote:
Lightning Dog wrote:I just had my first experience catching and enjoying trout while backpacking.


You have finally LIVED!


You guys are killin me!!! Gotta get back out soon! :p
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Re: How do you prepare and cook your trout while backpacking?

Postby maverick » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:46 am

Trout ceviche which involves zero cooking, and eaten with a tortilla.
Trout curry with sun-dried tomatoes and pita bread, or naan from Trader's Joe.
Trout with almonds and butter which is a classic.
Trout crusted with crumbled wasabi soy nuts.
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Re: How do you prepare and cook your trout while backpacking?

Postby rlown » Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:38 am

Hey, Mav. Post a ceviche recipe. i'll give it a spin. Probably will involve taking freshies for the salsa/veg components, but how refreshing would that be with something like a mango salsa?

Below the fireline, I do the double wrap tinfoil in coals. no need to turn them either if there are coals under and over the fish. Fresh lemon or orange slices inside the fish. olive oil around the fish so the skin can crisp, and lots of pepper.

Above the fireline, the skillet with olive oil and pepper always works. we fry with the head as well, as the cheek meat is a pretty tasty morsel.
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Re: How do you prepare and cook your trout while backpacking?

Postby Kris » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:10 pm

Tempura'd is a great way to batter your filets. Powder weighs next to nothing and compliments the fish very well. Rehyrdated larger vegi's is also fun to tempura. Eat with couscous and you've got a good meal. Oh yeah, if you haven't tried any of those dehyd. pizza meals give them a go. Not bad, and what they use for the crust acts as a very good stand alone bread.
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