How to Cook a Fish Over a Campfire

Knowing how to feed yourself in the wild is one of the greatest skills you could ever have. Whether you’re hiking backcountry trails, camping or fighting to survive in the wilderness, catching and cooking your own food will sustain you until you return to civilization. At this point, you likely already know how to catch, clean and gut a fish. Now, you’re ready to learn the final step — cooking it.

Below, you’ll find a few different ways to do so, plus some basic tips and tricks to creating a delicious fish-centric meal, regardless of what tools you have on hand. Foil-Wrapped Fillets One of the easiest ways to prepare your fresh catch of the day is by cooking it hobo style. This simple but effective method involves cleaning and gutting the fish, stuffing it with herbs and veggies and wrapping it in aluminum foil. Use a few layers of foil to ensure the flames don’t burn a hole in it. Then, place the pouch next to hot coals, flip it often and check it periodically to avoid overcooking your meal. Crispy Sauteed Fish If you happen to have a skillet with you, make good use of it and saute your fish. This method is best for cooking mild white fish like cod and haddock.

Add a thin layer of butter and oil to your skillet, dredge your fillets in flour and gently place them in the pan. Depending on the thickness of the fish, you may cook each side 30 seconds to three minutes until both are golden brown. Fish on a Log If you don’t have any cookware with you or you’re in complete survival mode, you can still cook your catch. Doing so will just take more time and dedication, especially if you choose to plank your fish the traditional way. This method involves staking your catch to a halved log with wooden pegs.

You must then build a wind-resistant tipi fire and prop the plank up so the fish can cook fireside. Your meal should be ready within 15 minutes. Fish on a Stick Cooking your fish on a stick is as close to a caveman as you’ll probably ever come. However, it’s just as effective as any other cooking method. Plus, it will definitely impress your camping buddies. Begin by gutting your fish and spearing it lengthwise through the mouth with a long stick. Then, use smaller sticks to stabilize your catch, piercing the fish through the belly and out through the back. Slowly roast over the flames until completely cooked.