Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Backpacking - Cook a Fish Like a Neanderthal

Stick Cooking
20 minutes
1 Serving


  • Trout, gutted with the mouth left intact
  • Stick, sharpened at one end
  • Seasoning (lemon pepper is my favorite)

Clean fish and leave the mouth intact. To do this, cut a line from the fish's anus to just below where the gills meet. Then cut a line under the fish's jaw in the soft tissues that form a V under his mouth. Put your finger in the second cut and pull the entrails and gills out in one motion. Run your thumb along the "mud vein" along the fish's spine, cleaning out the dark fluid.

Once the fish is cleaned, sharpen a stick long enough to be used for roasting. Poke the stick, sharp end first through the fish's mouth and pierce the flesh deeply toward the tail with the sharp end. If you did this part well, the fish shouldn't come off the stick. If it did, it usually is saved by the mouth. Roast the fish over the fire like a marshmallow turning often. After cooking, peel back the skin and eat it like this:

Congratulations. You can survive like a Neanderthal.

Bon Appetit! The Outdoors Start at Your Back Porch!

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