How Do I Cook Trout Backpacking?

By Michael Ferguson

Cooking trout while backpacking is a delicious way to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors. Trout is an incredibly versatile fish that can be cooked in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy meal or something more elaborate, there are plenty of recipes to choose from.

The most popular way to cook trout while backpacking is by grilling. This method requires only a few simple ingredients and can be done with minimal prep work.

Start by cleaning the fish and removing any scales or fins that may still be attached. If you’re using fillets, simply brush them with oil or butter before placing them on the grill. For whole trout, stuff the cavity with aromatics such as lemon slices and fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme before cooking over medium-high heat until cooked through.

If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, try baking trout in aluminum foil packets. This method works best with fillets rather than whole fish, as it allows for more even cooking and prevents sticking to the foil.

Start by layering your ingredients in the center of an 18-inch square piece of foil, including your choice of vegetables, aromatics, herbs, and spices. Place the fillets on top of the vegetables and fold up all sides of the foil to form a pouch around them before placing on hot coals to bake.

You can also add flavor to your backcountry meals by smoking your trout over an open fire or campfire grill grate. Start out by lightly salting both sides of the fish before setting it onto preheated charcoal briquettes or woodchips that have been soaked in water for about 30 minutes beforehand. Cover the smoker box with lid and allow it to smoke for 45 minutes before checking for doneness – if it flakes easily with a fork, it’s ready!

Finally, if you want to take things up a notch try wrapping your trout in banana leaves before cooking over an open flame or grill grate – this method is sure to add incredible flavor! Simply place one large banana leaf on top of another one before laying down thinly sliced vegetables such as onions, carrots, bell peppers, garlic cloves, ginger slices and lemongrass stalks on top; place your fish on top of this mixture before wrapping into neat bundles and securing with kitchen twine before cooking over low heat until cooked through.


Cooking trout while backpacking can be both delicious and adventurous! Whether you’re grilling it directly on hot coals or baking it in aluminum foil packets – there are plenty of ways to enjoy this versatile fish while out in nature!

For something extra special try adding some extra flavor by smoking it over an open fire or wrap them in banana leaves for added taste sensation! With so many options available you’re sure to find just the right recipe for your next outdoor adventure!