Fire Pit Fish With Pantry Quinoa Salad

If you've been looking for a sign to learn how to cook fish over coals, this is it. Welcome! I am so glad you are here. In case you didn't know, I am very passionate about cooking over hot coals. We've had our fire pit in our garden for two years now and every autumn, winter and spring (definitely not summer - it's way too hot) we get down there to cook up a storm. We love cooking all types of meat and vegetables, but my favourite is cooking whole fish, particularly rainbow trout. A little while ago I asked if you wanted me to show you how to cook whole fish over coals and the response was a resounding yes. So here we go! 


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Tips for cooking over hot coals

  1. The first thing you need to do is to make your fire. To find out how to do this, visit this post
  2. To gauge the temperature of the coals, the general rule of thumb is if you can hold your hand above the coals where the cooking surface will sit for five seconds, the temperature is roughly 100C. For a moderate heat, 3 seconds is around 180C and for a high heat, you should only be able to hold your hand over for 1 second and that's around 200C. 
  3. Remember, you want to cook over coals - not flames. 
  4. Always place the aluminium wrapped fish over the hottest part on the grill or BBQ grate - not the hot plate if your grill has one. 
  5. It's really very simple and once you get comfortable with cooking over coals a few times, it doesn't seem so daunting anymore. If anything, you'll probably want to cook outdoors more - hopefully! There is so much you can do with flames and coals, but this recipe is such a great place to start.
  6. This recipe is for a whole rainbow trout; if you want to cook with a smaller or a larger fish, you will need to adjust the cooking time.


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A little note from me

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this recipe. I hope you enjoyed it and feel inspired to cook over coals! If you have any questions about the process of cooking over coals, please get in touch by sending me an email at You can also stay in touch with me by following along on Instagram and Pinterest. Happy cooking!

And for those wanting to know, the table cloth featured in these images is from I Love Linen, and it's absolutely gorgeous! 


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