Trout Cooked over a Wood Fire

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Who knows what is going to happen to our seafood-eating habits over the next decades, thanks to the Gusher in the Gulf.

Fortunately, trout is a freshwater fish, and according to the excellent sustainable seafood guide put out by the Monterey Aquarium, it is totally good to eat—farmed trout, too. (I know, it’s all so confusing, but they make it simple—check out this regional guide to which fish to eat or not to eat.)

You can cook this recipe on a campfire with a cooking rack, or on a grill with some wood thrown on, but it couldn’t be simpler!

Trout Cooked over a Wood Fire


  1. Take filleted rainbow trout.
  2. Place it skin side down on a hot grill (in a pan or directly on the grill, depending on what you have available; if you are using a pan, add some oil or butter so the skin doesn’t stick).
  3. Don’t turn it. Just let it cook until it’s done. Hopefully, the skin will be nice and crispy. It doesn’t take long at all.

Make extra, because it’s awesome cold for breakfast!

I know it seems crazy that all you need to do is lay it on a grill and cook it. Fresh trout doesn’t need butter or oil (though you can put it on if you like). It doesn’t need sauce. It might need a little salt. I know it’s good because my kids devour it and always ask for more.

It’s really the essence of my food philosophy: great fresh, seasonal ingredients (ideally, organic and local); doesn’t-need-much-to-make-it-delicious, yummiful food. I’ve thought about taking up fly-fishing every once in a while, but to me, it seems crazy to catch a fish and let it go. If I’m going to catch it, I want to eat it, cooked over a wood fire. I am no vegetarian, as you know, but it seems a little cruel to put a hook through a fish’s mouth just for fun. Now eating it, well, that’s another story…not cruel at all!

What’s your opinion about fish and fishing?

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2 Responses to Trout Cooked over a Wood Fire

  1. Papaspepprs June 27, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    Thank you Maria,now i gotta find some trout…My wife’ GOD keeps her soul, loved fishing. I on the other hand had the lures,and we both caught the night crawlers with a red light(they won’t slip back in the ground before u can grab them. It takes a little fines to capture without breaking them in two. I then was the retriever when the lures got snagged, wading and swimming,was my part of the fishing.. haha.. we laughed about it. Fishing in a river can have it’s healthy and bad fish. Your state has warnings OF those areas. Now a fish caught( right size keeper) can have the river mud taken out if u have a large enough tub to keep them in fresh clear water, for a couple of days( u will see the true beauty when clean) Another way is to fillet, and run cold tap water over them until IT stop s foaming. However , some really love the taste of the muddy catfish.. GO FISH, MOST SVC. STA. HAVE PERMITS AND INFO ON THE LEGAL SIZE AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FISH.. LEARN HOW TO AND “GO FISH” even if u don’t want to eat them leave the hook in , it will dissolve in a matter of days with no harm to the fish. GO FISH………YUM

  2. Matt June 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    Thank you for your link to sustainable and healthy fishery choices. I frequently catch and eat my own Walleye and panfish, but it’s nice to know recipes for/choices in other species. Thanks.

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