Campfire Trout Recipe
I got married to my beautiful wife Jun 20th of 2015, we decide to do a less expensive honey moon and do something that we both enjoyed, and it just so happens that we both like fishing! Now my wife had never done any Trout Fishing and we decided to go to a little lake called Monument Lake. Monument Lake is a beautiful 368 acre resort NW of Stonewall CO. It has several cabins and a lodge with a restaurant, it also has a small bait shop located next to the shore with a fish cleaning station. The staff was nothing but friendly and they seemed to be genuinely interested in or success.
The first day we got there we arrived late, so we just set in the cabin and drank some wine and got some rest. The next morning, we got up bright and early and set out to catch some fish. We had zero luck that first morning we tried every bate that we could get our hands on. That evening we went out and tried again my wife was the only one that caught anything. It was a small brown trout she caught it right next to the dock on the west side of the lake. We went back to the bait shop and asked the guy working there what we were doing wrong and what he recommended. He said we weren’t doing anything wrong and that the fish were probably staying in the deeper parts of the lake to stay cool. He recommended that we rent one of there small boats. Me being the cheep ass that I am said no way we will work something out. The next morning, we tried again from the shore. Still no luck. That evening I caved, we rented a boat. It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. We took the boat out next to a stone formation that the lake that it was named after. Within seconds of dropping my line in the water I had a bite and brought in a decent sized Rainbow Trout. For the next two ours we pulled in at least 20 fish. We keep 4 of them two Rainbows, one Brown and one Kokanee Salmon. Yes, they stalk the lake with Salmon.
Now naturally if my wife has never fished for trout it easy to determine that she has never ate trout. So, this is how I made the Trout and Salmon. First thing is cleaning the trout I’m not going to go over that get on YouTube and you can find 1000 how to videos on that. The only thing I’m going to say on the subject is make sue that you clean out the blood sack that’s along the back backbone. For this recipe don’t remove the fishes head fillet or skin it.
Note: I got all the stuff needed to make the trout from a little store in Stone Wall. The measurements that I use are an estimated amount. My heart and soul told me what amount to put on the fish. The Measurements I’m giving are for each trout, as you will cook each of them separately.
Aluminum Foil- one peace big enough to completely enclose each trout separately.
- ½ OZ Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1Tsp Lemon Pepper
- 1 Tbs Garlic powder
- 1 Tsp salt
- 1 Tsp black pepper
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- 1 lime cut into medallions
- unsalted butter cut into 1/8 inch squares
Start by getting your campfire going.
Take your whole trout and place it in the middle of the aluminum Foil. Code the trout with olive oil inside and out.
Mix all the seasonings together and code the entire trout with seasoning mix.
Place desired amount of Lime medallions and butter inside the trout.
Completely enclose the trout and place it into the fire.
Cook it in the fire and check it every 3-5 minutes
The trout will be finished when the meat becomes flaky and reaches an Internal temp of 145 F. A good rule of thumb is when the Eyes pop out its finished. I recommend cooking it with the aluminum foil open for the last few minutes to get a Smokey flavor.
Peal the skin back squeeze the lime juice on the meat and enjoy!!!
I recommend serving the trout with a side of potatoes as it will help with any bones you may eat.