Breakfast Trout With Bacon

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If you’re lucky enough to catch some fresh trout on your camping trip, why not dredge them in some seasoned cornmeal and fry them up with bacon? This dish is great at any time of day, but makes a particularly fortifying breakfast.

  • 4 thick slices bacon
  • 4 8–10-oz. trout, cleaned, heads and tails on
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Fry bacon in a large, heavy skillet until brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Reserve bacon fat in pan.
  2. Rinse fish and dredge in cornmeal. Salt and pepper both sides to taste. Add vegetable oil to the bacon pan. Heat the pan until very hot, then fry fish in oil and fat for about 5 minutes. Carefully turn the fish (a wide, long spatula is ideal for the task), then cook the other side. Shake the pan frequently to ensure that the fish doesn’t stick. Trout should be golden and crisp on the outside, moist and tender inside. (If your pan is too small, cook fish in batches and keep warm in a low oven.) Serve 1 trout per person, garnished with bacon.


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