Planning a Bass Fishing Trip Soon?
By John Jameson
Knowing several easy camp recipes for bass will make your trip all the more enjoyable. What? Aren’t we supposed to always catch and release? I think enjoying fresh caught bass cooked over your own campfire is a great way to add a whole new dimension to your fishing trips. Sure you’re not going to feast on your catch all the time. And you must be aware of the regulations in your state. But sharing a meal of your fresh caught fish with family or fishing buddies is sure to make great memories.
So before heading out, there are several simple ingredients you can pack in small plastic or Ziploc bags that will take up little space but will help you make a great meal on the lakeshore.
- Spices: parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme
- Butter or extra virgin olive oil, depending on if you are carrying a cooler, and these items should be placed in a tightly sealed container, not a bag
- 2 cups of flour or cornmeal for every four fish you intend to cook on the trip
The Standard Go-To Campfire Bass Recipe
As with most other fish, one of the best easy camp recipes for bass involves a swift shakeup of some black pepper, salt and garlic powder and a little butter to create a flaky, tasty fish. To make this standard go-to recipe, you need only place your bass in aluminum foil, add the butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder, wrap it up and cook it near the outside edge of the fire in hot ash for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Dressing Up the Standard Go-To Campfire Bass Recipe
While few fishermen are willing to deviate from the standard recipe while out on the lakeshore, easy camp recipes for bass can be dressed up by simply switching out some of the ingredients. To add sophistication and a new taste to the standard go-to recipe, substitute extra virgin olive oil for butter, and rosemary, thyme and parsley for salt, pepper and garlic powder. Drizzle olive oil in the aluminum foil, place your bass inside, drizzle additional olive oil on top and add the spices in small quantities. Unlike with the traditional recipe, less is more when you add sophistication. These spices are more flavorful and aromatic and you won’t need as much to make a perfect meal. They are also healthier alternatives. Wrap your fish loosely and cook it flat to ensure that the olive oil does not run to the bottom. This recipe can be cooked for about 10 minutes over the open flame or for about 20 minutes near the edge of the flame buried in hot ash.
Breading Your Bass on the Go
For some fishermen, easy camp recipes for bass can’t compare to a breaded and fried bass fish in the comfort of their own kitchen. But frying up the perfect freshwater bass lakeside is easy to do. You’ll need cornmeal or flour, your choice, as well as pepper, salt, and both butter and olive oil for this recipe. First, mix your flour or cornmeal with the salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag. Then butter your bass fish. Toss the bass in to the bag and shake until the fish is covered in the flour mixture. If you have a frying pan, you can fry the fish until golden brown in the pan. If you don’t have a frying pan, you can fashion one out of aluminum foil by pulling up and crimping the sides to make a shallow pan. Pour approximately 1/8 inch of oil olive in the bottom of the pan. Pull hot coals down from the fire and place the pan on top. Use a fork to turn your bass.
If you’re heading out to the lake and plan to use some easy camp recipes for bass to cook up your meals, remember to bring Ziploc bags and aluminum foil along for the trip.
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