Simple Fish Feasts: Campfire Classics for Autumn Anglers

Freshwater fish frying in oil in a pan, on the fire

Fall presents anglers with a delightful array of fish to target, especially as the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp. While there’s a lot to love about reeling in a big catch, the true reward for many is the opportunity to cook it up right then and there, under the open sky. With September’s top catches in mind, here are some no-fuss campfire fish dishes that will satiate any hungry hunter.

Pan-Fried Bass with Lemon-Herb Butter:

Traditional fish fry over a campfire

Bass, a common September catch, has a deliciously mild flavor that lends itself well to a variety of cooking methods.

What you’ll need: Filleted bass, butter, lemon slices, fresh herbs (like dill or parsley), salt, and pepper.

Cooking: Simply season your bass fillet with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a pan over the campfire, add herbs and place the fillet skin-side down. Flip once, and squeeze some lemon juice over it. Cook until flaky and golden brown.

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Grilled Trout with Garlic and Rosemary

Plate with grilled trout

September sees a lot of trout activity in the water. Celebrate a good catch with this simple recipe.

What you’ll need: Trout, garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Cooking: Clean your trout and stuff it with rosemary and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, season, and grill it on a campfire grate until both sides have a nice char and the meat is opaque.

Catfish Skewers

Catfish grilled on a charcoal grill

While catfish might be an acquired taste for some, it’s undeniable that it tastes better when cooked on an open flame.

What you’ll need: Catfish fillets, skewer sticks (wooden or metal), your favorite marinade or seasoning.

Cooking: Cut the catfish into chunks, season or marinade them, then skewer and grill over the campfire until fully cooked.

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Simple Cedar-Planked Salmon

Cedar-Planked Salmon 

If you’re lucky enough to snag a salmon in September, it’s an absolute treat.

What you’ll need: Salmon fillet, a cedar plank (pre-soaked in water), salt, pepper, and lemon slices.

Cooking: Season the salmon, place it skin-side down on the cedar plank, top with lemon slices, and set it beside the campfire – not directly over the flames. Let it cook slowly until it’s flaky and infused with that lovely smoky-cedar aroma.

There’s a particular joy in catching your own meal, especially when you’re out embracing nature. These simple fish dishes, designed for the September angler, guarantee a tasty end to a day of hunting and fishing.

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With minimal ingredients and fuss, you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. So, next time you reel in a fresh catch, give one of these recipes a try and savor the taste of nature.

What is your favorite fish dish while camping? Let us know below!


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