Whenever our family goes camping, they can always expect home cooked gourmet meals. I am known to plan days in advance and spend the night before we leave prepping and packing all the necessary ingredients. In addition to our tent trailer, I have a monster propane camping cook stove, a well stocked little pantry and have all the pots, pans and utensils that I need. Whenever I pack items such as hot dogs, cold cereal or ramen noodles it is because I am setting myself up for plan B.
My family wanted to go camping this past weekend and so we did… I followed my usual plan of prepping and preparing and off we went. We ended up in the nearby Sky Lakes Wilderness in Southern Oregon. I bought my fishing license, brought my rod and tackle box and I expected to do a little bit of trout fishing while we camped. As usual, my family expected to have the wonderful meals that I planned for them. Everything was going just fine until I found my way down to the lake…
We were some of the first people on the lake in the morning. The water was like glass and was so clear that you could see fish swimming right in front of you. It was absolutely beautiful… We rigged up our fishing poles and started to fish. I spent hours there. I enjoyed the beautiful blue water, crisp mountain air, and trout fishing.
I was enjoying myself so much that I did not want to leave the lake. Back at camp my family was getting hungry. The problem was that I started to catch fish, and not just any ordinary fish. I am talking 18 inch sized rainbow trout and then that’s when plan B had to kick in. They called down to me asking me what was for dinner, and shockingly, I answered back with “there’s hot dogs in the cooler”. I NEVER do that.
After eating hot dogs, crackers, chips and whatever my family could scrounge I truly hope that they will forgive me. As for me, I had a smashingly great time. This is a photo of the gorgeous rainbow trout that I caught at the lake. I look at it this way, what happened this past weekend was truly a special event. For those of you who love to fish and cook, you can understand what all the fuss was about…
So, now you know the story, let’s go make some Baked Javanese Rainbow Trout!
- 1 1/2 pound whole trout (head removed, cleaned and scaled)
- 3 Tbls. Indonesian soy sauce (kecap manis sedang)
- 2 Tbls. low sodium soy sauce
- juice of 2 limes
- 2 tsp. garlic paste
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp. sambal oeleck (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper (or to taste)
- garnish: 1 green onion sliced, cilantro sprigs and 1 lime cut into wedges
Let’s begin. Wash and dry your trout. Cut 4 -5 slashes in the trout, crosswise on each side without going too deep. Grab an oven proof baking dish and spray with non stick spray. Place your trout in the oven proof baking dish. Now it’s time to make the sauce. Put together the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the garnishes in a bowl. Pour sauce over trout and marinate in the refrigerator for an hour turning once. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees after marinating. Turn trout once more, cover with foil and bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until done. Be careful not to over cook. Put on platter, and pour sauce on trout. Serve with a scoop of jasmine rice, drizzle with Indonesian soy sauce and garnish with lime wedges, cilantro and green onion. Serves 4.