Ice-fishing Friday: 4 fantastic fish feasts you can make on the ice

100 Acre Woods Photography

Hardwater helpings

These easy-to-make fish dishes will warm up your day on the hardwater

Bacon Catfish

100 Acre Woods Photography

At home

  • 2 oz butter
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 oz sliced mushrooms
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 1½ cups beef stock
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 20 baby potatoes

On the ice

  • 8 bacon slices
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • Cajun spice
  • 1½ lb catfish fillet, skin removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 green onions, chopped

At home

  1. Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat; add onions and mushrooms. Cook for five minutes, then add wine, stock, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer sauce for 15 minutes; let cool and place in travel container.
  3. Boil baby potatoes until tender; let cool and place in travel container.

On the ice

  1. Lay bacon on cutting board, sprinkle with basil and lightly season with Cajun spice. Tightly wrap bacon around fillet, using toothpicks to hold strips in place.
  2. Heat camping stove to medium heat; using a grill plate or frying pan, cook bacon-wrapped fish on all sides until golden brown (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Heat olive oil in sauté pan, add potatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown; in the meantime, heat sauce.
  4. To serve, top potatoes with green onions and bacon-wrapped fish, then pour sauce over everything.
Cameron Tait

Cameron Tait

A culinary arts instructor at Winnipeg’s Paterson Globalfoods Institute, hunter and angler, Cameron Tait is Outdoor Canada's Table Fare game recipe contributor. The dishes are photographed by 100 Acre Woods Photography.

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