How to Cook Fish in a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Cook Fish in a Cast Iron SkilletCamping and cooking in a cast iron skillet seem to go hand in hand. Though heavy to carry if backpacking, a cast iron skillet at base camp will let you cook almost anything you desire. Cooking fish in a cast iron skillet is the best way to do it whether you're in the woods or at home. The cast iron will retain heat longer and your fish will have a crispier crust.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Cooking Fish in a Cast Iron Skillet

Things You’ll Need:
  • Camping Stove
  • Plate
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cooking Oil Spray
  • Olive Oil or Cooking Oil
  • Spatula
Step 1
Set the camping stove up on a stable surface where there is no chance of it falling over. The cast iron skillet is heavy.
Step 2
Rinse the fish off before seasoning it. Place the clean fish on a plate.
Step 3
Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic on each piece of fish. You can use any type of spice that you prefer. Turn the fish over and season the other side.
Step 4
Spray the cast iron skillet with a light coating of cooking spray so the fish won't stick to it. Pour approximately one-quarter cup of olive oil into the bottom of the skillet. Vegetable oil can be substituted for olive oil.
Step 5
Light the camp stove. Place the cast iron skillet on the burner and turn the heat up to medium high. Allow the oil to heat up before cooking your fish.
Step 6
Place the fish into the skillet and turn the heat down to a notch above medium. Allow the fish to cook on each side for approximately four to five minutes. Use a spatula and turn the fish only once so it does not tear apart. Poke the fish with a fork, and if the meat is firm and flakey it is ready to eat. If you prefer a less crispy crust, place a piece of aluminum foil over the skillet while the fish is cooking.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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