A healthy and easy to cook dinner is all we need to get us through our camping nights, aside from (occasional) high-calorie quesadillas and Dutch oven chili nachos, which are both fairly easy to cook too.
The grilled salmon with veggies camping recipe is a sure way to provide you and your family/friends with a healthy, nutritious meal. Also, salmon has got to be one of the best-tasting fish meats in the world. Most importantly, they’re easy and fast to cook – 20 minutes tops!
Meals that are easy and quick to cook are what you’ll always look for when camping. At the same time, you’ll also crave for tasty and fresh foods that are the characteristics of a home-cooked meal. Well, I must say that the grilled salmon with veggies recipe is just the perfect meal you’re looking for. It’s fresh, nutritious, appetizing, and easy to cook.
By “easy to cook”, I meant no pre-cooking needed, and you won’t have to bring any kitchen tools on the campsite, except a Dutch oven if you want to bake the dish instead of grilling it. All you have to do is prepare, slice, and season the ingredients at home. The preparation time is also very short like you can do all the necessary things in 15 minutes.
Now that you know how quick it is to cook this recipe, let’s go to the taste.
The key to giving the salmon a fantastic taste is to smother it with A LOT of flavor-bursting ingredients. We’re talking ground pepper, lemon juice, rosemary, thyme, and basil.
A dash of lemon seems to make any dish impeccably tasty! Try eating a plain salad and iced tea. Tastes normal, right? But when you squeeze a few drops of lemon to both, the flavor becomes different.
The flavor just pops and it’ll give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Lemon does wonders, and it blends well with any dish – may it be desserts, beverages, meats, or vegetables. A dash of lemon can magically enhance the bland taste of a plain salmon.
You’ll really appreciate it when you’re starved and tired after a long day of hiking and the only thing that can comfort your weary bones is a sumptuous and tasty meal.
But lemon isn’t the only thing that will make our recipe perfect; we’ve got to use herbs too. If lemon pops the flavor, herbs add “spark” to the taste. Herbs enhance the overall taste of food due to their intense flavors.
Most herbs also emit an enticing sensational aroma. In fact, Tom Finger, a professor at the University of Colorado-Denver Medical stated that “The sensation of flavor is actually a combination of taste and smell,”. That’s why, in most cases, our mouth waters even from the smell of food alone.
In this recipe, you can crush the leaves of fresh herbs from your garden or buy dried ones in the supermarket.
What You’ll Need
- 4 Salmon fillets
- 3 Tbsp melted butter/olive oil
- 1 Medium sized lemon, sliced into 7-8 pcs
- 1 Large white onion, sliced
- 3 Cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp rosemary leaves
- 1 Tbsp thyme leaves
- 1 Tbsp basil leaves
- 3 Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 Carrot, chopped
- 6 Potato marbles
- 10 – 15 Pcs bush beans
Step 1. Get your foil wrap and unroll it flatly on a tabletop or chopping board. Grease the foil wrap with olive oil. Wash the salmon fillets, gently remove the skin, and lay them in a single layer on the foil wrap.
Step 2. Season the fillets evenly with salt and rub ground pepper on the meat. Set aside.
Step 3. Chop the onion, lemon, bush beans, carrot (sticks or rounds), and tomatoes. Mince the garlic cloves. Also, boil water in a pan for the marble potatoes. Let the water boil before putting the marbles then let it sit for 5 minutes.
Step 4. Add the sliced lemon, onion, and garlic to the seasoned fillets. Next, sprinkle the fillets with the herbs – rosemary, thyme, and basil. Wrap with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Refrigerating the fillets for a period will let the marinade seep further into the meat, thus enhancing the taste of the dish.
Step 5. Likewise, wrap the chopped tomatoes, carrots, and beans in a separate foil greased with olive oil. Put the wrapped veggies in the chiller.
Step 6. You can bake the fillets and vegetables in a Dutch oven, portable stove, or grill it with coals.
Bake the salmon for 10-15 minutes or grill it for 6-8 minutes, together with the veggies.
To know whether the meat is already cooked or not, get a fork and nudge it at the thickest part of the flesh. Look at the middle part, and if it’s already opaque (raw fish meats appear translucent), then it’s cooked.
Another sign of cooked meat is its flakiness. If you nudged the fork, the meat should break easily. Do not overcook the salmon as it will taste and feel dry.
Step 7. For the veggies, bake it for 8-10 minutes or grill each side for 3-5 minutes.
Step 8. Serve the veggies and baked/grilled salmon on the table. Enjoy!
The grilled salmon with veggies is truly one of the most healthiest and easy to cook camping recipes. Your tired bones and senses will definitely come alive with the aroma of the dish and your energy will surely be replenished by the nutritious meal. It will be the highlight of the night!
Just be sure to bring a cooler with you to store the raw meat in especially if you won’t be cooking it right away as it might spoil.
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