Recipe: Slippery Hooks Fish Fry

Keep it simple with this recipe to spice up freshly caught fish.

Servings: 6–7

Total Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce

Weight per Serving: about 3 ounces

Required Equipment on the Trail:

Deep skillet and lid

Metal spatula or tongs


1 cup unbleached white wheat flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

1 cup safflower or sunflower oil

2 pounds filleted smallmouth bass or northern pike, caught on the trail

Preparation at Home:

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a gallon-size heavy-duty ziplock bag.

2. Carry oil separately.

Preparation on the Trail:

1. First and foremost: catch fish along the trail.

2. Place cleaned fish fillets into flour mix in the ziplock bag and shake to thoroughly coat.

3. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.

4. Using spatula or tongs, carefully place several pieces of coated fish at a time into hot oil, frying for 3 minutes per side before serving.

5. Promptly remove the pan from the flame once finished cooking.

John Bostick, Cincinnati, Ohio, The Scout’s Backpacking Cookbook