Recipes: Around the Campfire

Now that summer is pretty much in full swing, and many of us will find ourselves around the fire with friends and family, I thought I would share some easy ways to enjoy a day’s catch with loved ones. Just because the sun starts to set, it doesn’t mean that it’s time to head indoors for pizza. With a cooler full of freshly caught fish, I say gather everyone around the fire and prepare the fish the way it should be prepares in such a relaxed setting. Here are a few recipes for campfire cooking that will make your vacation nights that much more enjoyable.

“Kumbaya” Trout

4 trout, cleaned (remove head as well)

4 tbsp butter, separated

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 onion, sliced

Salt and pepper, to taste


1.  Place each trout on a piece of aluminum foil and stuff the cavity with peppers, onions, garlic, and butter. Salt and pepper each fish as you like.

2.  Roll the trout in the foil and rest in the campfire, covering each packet with hot coals.

3.  Cook the fillets until done, roughly 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the strength of the fire, and remove. Wait a few minutes before handling and serve.

Bluegill Poppers

12-15 bluegill fillets, cleaned and deboned

10 saltine crackers

1 egg

1 small onion, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking oil


1.  Crush crackers into small crumbs and put in mixing bowl with egg, salt, and pepper.

2.  Add minced fish fillets.

3.  Roll into packed balls and fry in oil until fully cooked. Serve with tartar sauce, if desired.


These quick and easy, but very tasty, dishes are a great way to wind down and fill your stomachs at the end of a fun day with everyone. Sharing a meal around the fire is one of the best things about vacationing on the water with friends and family, and I urge anyone doing so this season to try it out. Of course, you don’t have to limit your recipe to the ingredients I’ve listed. Feel free to add whatever suits your tastes and get everyone involved. I promise, no one will forget the memories made when sharing such a fun and caring experience.