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Simple Pan-Fried Trout Recipe

Bring the outdoors to your dinner table with this backpacking-friendly pan-fried trout recipe

Simple Pan-Fried Trout Recipe
Simple Pan-Fried Trout Recipe
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

This pan-fried trout recipe is easy to make at home or in the outdoors. We take cornmeal and butter packets on our backpacking trips and then hope to catch dinner.


  • 2 pounds trout (whole or fillets)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper


Rinse the trout under cold running water (or in the beautiful mountain lake or stream you caught them in).

Pat dry.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I take a Ziplock baggie in my pack with salt, pepper and garlic powder mixed together.)

Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet on medium-high heat.

Coat the trout in corn meal and shake off the excess.

When the butter is melted, place the coated trout, flesh side down, in the skillet.

Fry 4-5 minutes, then turn and fry 4-5 minutes or until the flesh is golden brown and flaky. Trout may be seasoned with garlic or onion powder before frying if desired.  I also take a lemon with me to squeeze over the top.

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