Mar 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm #1270822
Kurt SuttellBPL Member
Hello all, I'm looking for a good recipe for a fish stew. One that I can add fresh fish to dried ingredients and cook in a small pot like a jetboil. Love to hear what you got. ThanksMar 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm #1711723
Stephen BarberBPL Member
I don't have a recipe, sorry, but when I make a fish stew (for backpacking), I start by making a pre-mix with dried ingredients:
dried onions and garlic
dried veggies (a variety, depends on what I have in stock)
dried mashed potatoes
Cayenne pepper (ground – I put some "heat" in everything I make – ignore it if that's not your thing)
Put all these in a plastic zip bag.
In camp, with freshly caught fish:
Fillet fish (ie, remove all the bones)
Heat water and stir in the dried stuff.
Once the pot is starting to boil again, add the fish, and cook until it starts to flake.
Serve and eat.
Sorry I'm not specific on amounts, but no one who has eaten it has complained yet!Mar 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm #1712151
Ike JutkowitzBPL Member
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
Stephen's recipe sounds good to me. If you are looking for easier though, take 1 pack of instant thai noodle soup (thai ginger or spring onion work for me). Bring to boil. Throw skinless boneless trout fillets (in chunks) in for one minute until opaque. Eat.
Sometimes I'll do the same using just wild leeks and cattail hearts in water as the poaching liquid.Mar 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm #1712870
Kurt SuttellBPL Member
I think i'll try your recipe Stephen, It sounds good to me, just what I was looking for. Great idea Ike with the instant soup mix, although I don't trust my pickings of wild edibles.Mar 23, 2011 at 5:56 am #1713271
That sounds delicious. I might have to try that next time my little guy catches some bass. We usually pan-fry or bake on a stick over a small fire but the stew would be great. Especially those trips early in the season when it's rainy and cold.
Warning… lol… what you are about to view is not a lightweight approach… not even close.
Here are a few pics of the bass he caught in the Chiniguchi region of Ontario (near Temagami) 2 years ago. He was 7 then and we were a group of 8 I think. He caught two of them and our friend Bill caught the other two. Not too shabby for the little guy seeing as his Daddy cannot catch a fish to save his life.
Here is the boy fishing…
Here is the catch…
And the fish my friend Roula cooked up for dinner
We didn't have any breading or flour so I rummaged my pack and dug out the jalapeno-cornbread crackers that were leftover from the pumpkin hummus that we'd had the day before. We pulverized them and coated the fish. Roula had packed in a lemon (for some reason I'll never figure out) and that was a great addition. She even brought tongs and a proper chef's knife. It's a good thing it was a paddle trip. I'm still teasing her about the amount and weight of the gear she had.Mar 23, 2011 at 7:49 am #1713330
Stephen BarberBPL Member
Ike: Great ideas! I'll have to look for some Thai soup mix!
Laurie: Love the photo of your son fishing! Brings back some great memories! Jalapeño crust sounds delicious!Mar 23, 2011 at 7:58 am #1713336
I love the photo too… a treasure for sure.
I'm going to start playing around with ideas for fish stew. Maybe something I can dehydrate at home to make a spicy broth (I like things with nip) as we are going to the same region again this year.Mar 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm #1713478
If you are looking for instant Thai soup mixes:
Any instant soup mix that calls for coconut milk you can swap in coconut cream powder as well.Mar 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm #1714360
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Laurie, great shots of the fisher"man" and his fish.
I recognize that stove as my car camping/winter backcountry touring MSR Dragonfly.
You can bake with the Dragonfly B/C it simmers VERY low. My Backpacker's Pantry oven is great with it. A jelly-filled "one pot" giant Bisquick biscuit is great at 5 F. in a winter backcountry ski camp.Mar 25, 2011 at 8:49 am #1714539
brent driggersBPL Member
@cadyakLocale: southwest georgia
Nice looking fish!
Ill bet you could dehydrate some bouillabaisse ingredients and then rehydrate it with the fish and let it simmer a little to finish it up. Sounds like a new woodstove baking adventure.Mar 25, 2011 at 9:30 am #1714548
Gary DunckelBPL Member
Mountain House makes a pretty good seafood chowder, which has shrimp and clams in a nice sauce. You could add your trout to it to make something pretty tasty and filling. The problem is that Mountain House is currently unable to keep up with product demand for some reason, and most items, especially the #10 tins, aren't available. Don't know why, maybe it's all being shipped to Japan, or maybe the U. S. military is doing some serious re-stocking. Anyway, this chowder is a decent alternative to dehydrating your own bouillabaisse.Mar 27, 2011 at 7:50 am #1715433
I make a Mediterranean Vegetable and Balsamic Soup that might lend itself well to fish. When we have trout at home I make a Blueberry, Maple and Balsamic Reduction for it (way easy to do even though it sounds froofy). Anyway, I was thinking that the balsamic in the soup might work well with the fish. It also has shredded potatoes, red peppers, carrots, artichokes, mushrooms, eggplant, chard, and tomatoes. I just have to make sure that the flavor of the fish doesn't get lost because of the flavor of the soup and I might have to modify the recipe a bit.
I'll report back on how it worked out. If it works, it will be a simple rehydrate, heat and add the fish to let it cook.Mar 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm #1717474
Has anyone used the dried fish I see at the Oriental grocery stores?
I keep looking at it, but I don't know what to do with it.
I think with some soup base you would have a pretty good meal.
Maybe a ramen noodle soup, some dried mushrooms and some other dehy veggies.
Nice break from beef jerky and packs of tuna.
I gotta man-up, get over the pungent odor, and give it a shot.
I think the price is pretty good too.Mar 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm #1717506
If you do use it, be sure to soak it in water first. It is very, very salty. Treat it like you would any preserved fish – it can be good though! (Ignore that for the little deep fried kippers that you sprinkle on rice – those are meant to be snacked on…yum!)Mar 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm #1717537
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
" (Ignore that for the little deep fried kippers that you sprinkle on rice – those are meant to be snacked on…yum!)"
+1 Almost as tasty as durian. ;-)Mar 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm #1717550
Lol…They are sooooo an acquired taste. Low carb and all ;-) That and the deep fried peanuts next to them on the shelves when I worked for the importer. Or the weird savory rice crackers soaked in MSG.
I tried everything once, some of it grew on me :-DMar 31, 2011 at 4:29 am #1717650
Unless you like it very salty… I'd recommend soaking and then rinsing because it ends up sitting in a brine like solution as the salt comes out. You could use salt cod but that requires quite a long soak time. It too, can be revolting if not thoroughly rinsed.
While not lightweight really, you can buy little single serve pouches of wild smoked salmon. Here MEC.ca sells them and they are great. I will sometimes take one on a trip. I make wild salmon jerky too… yummy.Mar 31, 2011 at 8:27 am #1717715
For a good buy price wise check out:
You can find their smoked salmon in most grocery stores, Target and Walmart. Each pouch is one serving.
REI carries SeaBear's pouches which at $5.95 are pretty pricey but are made in Anacortes, Washington (that would be Fidalgo Island for those who care) which is one island over from where I used to live.
While I find SeaBear's betting tasting for plain eating, in recipes the Chicken of the Sea is a better deal.Mar 31, 2011 at 8:57 am #1717733
One thing I ask people to think about is ethical fish choices. I always buy wild salmon because it is one of the few wild fish that is a better environmental choice than farmed. There is a great book on the subject called A Good Catch.Mar 31, 2011 at 9:14 am #1717742
Chicken of the Sea's is wild salmon. As is SeaBear's.
No PNW'er worth their salt would eat…gag….farmed salmon. No one would. Gag. It is dyed. And greasy.
My favorite time of the year is the run off of Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island when one (with enough talent) can catch them as they swim by, through the straight of Juan de Fuca. Nothing like salmon caught in front of a NP property with the Olympic Mountains looming over the water.
I used to get these as my "tip" from the old guys when I ran the coffeehouse. Best "tip" one will ever get.Mar 31, 2011 at 9:37 am #1717753
This first one calls for oysters, but you could easily sub a pouch of salmon.
Oyster Veggie Leek Stew
1 can smoked oysters
1 1.8 ounce package Knorr Leek Soup mix
2 tablespoons dried mixed vegetables
½ cup potato slices, broken up
½ cup powdered milk
Salt and pepper to taste
At home: combine the powdered milk, soup mix and vegetables
in a zip locking plastic bag. Carry the oysters seperately.
In camp: bring about 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the soup mix.
Stir, breaking up any lumps. When the vegetables are rehydrated,
add the oysters and their juice and simmer until heated through.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Herbed Salmon Orzo Soup
1 cup orzo pasta
1 tablespoon butter powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 packet of True Lemon©
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 3-ounce packet of salmon
At home: Combine all of the ingredients except the salmon in a zip-locking
plastic bag. Carry the salmon separately.
In camp: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the pasta and salmon. Simmer until the pasta is cooked through. Serve.Mar 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm #1717962
Wild smoked salmon sounds way better — I will look for the product or take a trip down south to Windsor.Mar 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm #1718018
Windsor, Ontario? I take it you are in Northern MI?
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