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Ol' Trusty Trout Cooked in Coals

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1 freshly caught whole trout
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more as needed


The first step to this meal is getting a good fire going at your campsite. Preferably you want a hot fire with a good bed of coals. The coals from a fire that has been lit for a while will provide a more consistent heat source than a burning log, making the timing and even cooking of the fish easier.

My preferred method is to fillet the trout so each fish creates two pieces (a left and right side). Leave the skin on it contains fat and increases flavor. Cover the fish in your desired amount of salt and pepper. I like more pepper than salt but this is completely objective to your taste buds.

Place the fish on top of a piece of tin foil with a tablespoon of butter. Tightly wrap the fish in the tin foil and place directly in the hot coals. Cover the packet in the coals and let it cook for 7 to 10 minutes.

Allow the fish to cool for several minutes after you remove it from the coals and enjoy.

If you are cooking in a cast iron skillet, I like to preheat the skillet by leaving it directly on the coals for 3 to 5 minutes. Then cook the fish skin down for 7 or 8 minutes. Flip the fish for 2 to 3 minutes to crisp the meat. Make sure you coat the skillet well in butter before placing the fish inside to minimize the fish sticking to the pan.

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