how to cook trout

The MOST Delicious Way To Cook Trout Over A Campfire

Cooking fish into a delicious meal is an incredibly rewarding experience. Add in the primitive acts of catching a fish, cleaning it, and creating a fire to cook it on, and the experience is magnified tremendously.

Fresh trout cooked over a campfire is a true delicacy and something I suggest to anyone who enjoys eating fish. The beauty of this meal is the simplicity. Easy prep work, quick cooking time and minimal equipment required make it a perfect option for cooking over a grill or campfire!

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes


  • Whole Trout
  • Lemon
  • Onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Butter
  • Aluminum Foil

Preparing Your Catch:

How To Cook Trout

Build a campfire and let the wood burn down to embers.¬† While your fire is burning, take your cleaned trout to a flat, clean work space. Open the cavity you created and stuff the trout’s belly with onion and lemon (fresh garlic or herbs is a nice addition too). Then, sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper covering both sides of the fish.

You will now take the aluminum foil and cut a piece that will be large enough to completely wrap the trout thoroughly. Next, Slice off a few pieces of butter the thickness of a Ritz cracker, and lay them across the top of the trout before sealing in aluminum foil. Make sure to completely cover and seal your aluminum foil to help hold in the delicious flavor you’ve just created.

Cooking Trout Over A Open Fire:

How To Cook Trout

Start off by clearing a space wide and flat enough for your foil package to sit comfortably. Next, carefully  lay your foil package over the embers and then quickly check the time. The fish will cook fairly quickly, but the cook time will depend on temperature and exposure to the fire. Generally, your fish should be cooked perfectly in about 7-10 minutes.

Serving Trout:

How To Cook Trout

Take your remaining slice of lemon and squeeze juice over the top of your finished product before serving. Pair with your favorite vegetable and starch and share with a friend! Bon appetit!

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