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Fish Story

May 21, 2011

Neither of my girls likes hot dogs or hamburgers which makes cooking while camping a challenge sometimes. As a result we have cooked some more interesting camping meals. We have made a grilled shrimp recipe that required us to bring a metal grilling tray. They turned out pretty well, but the amount of work to calories was a pretty bad ratio. We have eaten many ears of burnt or raw corn on the cob. And we know all he tricks on how to cook Mac&Cheese over an open flame.

The past couple years we have taken fish with us and I don’t see this trend stopping. Our method is pretty simple and it works well as long as you start the fire early enough.

Ingredients (Serves 4-ish)

6-8 fillets of Tilapia (you can use other fish, but this is usually inexpensive and is hard to hurt – you want about a lb per person)

Olive Oil

Lemon Pepper


Aluminum Foil

Deck of Cards


You want to prepare the fish before you leave on your camping trip. I usually do it the night before and store the fish in the fridge overnight. You want to create packets of aluminum foil with 2-3 fish fillets in each. In each packet you want to put about a 1 /2 teaspoon of olive oil lay the fish on it and sprinkle with the lemon pepper and salt. You can use whatever spices you like for this and I’ve used anything from garlic powder to cayenne. add another 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and seal the foil up. Put all the fish into foil packets and keep in the fridge or in your cooler until you are ready to cook.

Start a fire well before you want to start cooking. We are going to be baking this fish not frying it so we can only use coals for cooking.

Play some cards. Spoons works well for medium-sized groups.

Once you have some nice coals then dig a hole in the ground. It doesn’t have to be too deep just big enough to fit in the foil packets of fish. Put some coals in the bottom of the hole then put the foil packets on top. you can put a few more colas on top if you want and then cover the hole with whatever is handy – Firewood usually works It doesn’t have to be air tight just enough cover to trap in some heat. Wait about 15-20 minutes and you have flaky delicious baked fish. Goes well with roasted red potatoes , sugar snap peas and/or carrots.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 10:12 am

    Great way to please the girls! Awesome.

  2. May 22, 2011 2:18 pm

    any recipe that includes the directive “play some cards” is a recipe i can embrace.

  3. SandySays1 permalink
    May 21, 2011 8:39 pm

    Sounds good. Try including some cream of mushroom soup in the packets with some diced onions for a variation.


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