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Campfire Cooking: Trout (and lots of other stuff!)

May, 2021 - by Tonia Brannan, Camperland of Oklahoma

This is a quick and easy way to cook fresh caught fish, vegetables, chicken and more! No specific measurements, just add or subtract as you prefer.


  • Trout (or other small fish), cleaned
  • Butter
  • Sliced Lemon
  • Herbs: Garlic, dill, and smoked paprika work well, but use what you like!
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onions, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, or whatever onions and peppers you prefer. Cherry tomatoes add a nice flavor, too!


  1. Place fish (one per foil packet) in large piece of aluminum foil and season with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with butter, herbs, slices of lemon, and peppers and/or onions. If using fillets, add butter (etc) to top of fillet.
  2. Close foil tightly around fish so that it forms a packet that will hold the melted butter and other juices in.
  3. Place fish on hot coals of campfire, and place more hot coals on top. Be careful while handling the coals! Very long barbecue tongs are helpful.
  4. If cooking whole trout, allow about 7-10 minutes for cooking. Filleted fish takes less time, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

Bonus: This is also a great way to cook potatoes, onions, chicken, squash, and many other foods. Just play around with your preference of seasonings.

Photos showing fish being cooked in the coals of a campfire, and the prepared fish in foil.
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