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Camping Recipe: Herb Catfish Packets

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat well! If you bring a cooler when you go car camping or glamping, your camp kitchen can have many of the amenities of your home food prep area. This recipe is a favorite of my family’s, and it’s just as good camping as it is in the oven at home.

Herb Catfish Packet just before it’s ready for the fire

Herb Catfish Packets

Yields 4 servings


  • 4 pieces heavy duty aluminum foil in large squares or rectangles
  • Cooking spray or butter
  • 2 cups diced Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled
  • 4 cups bagged baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups thickly sliced carrots
  • 4 catfish fillets, 5-6 oz each
  • 5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Get fire going
  2. In medium saucepan, parboil diced potatoes for 3-4 minutes, then drain
  3. For each packet, place 1 cup spinach leaves in the center of a piece of foil sprayed with cooking spray or greased with butter
  4. Add 1 catfish fillet and scatter 1/2 cup parboiled potatoes and 1/2 cup carrots around fillet
  5. Mix remaining ingredients together to make herb seasoning
  6. Sprinkle fillet and vegetables with 1/2 teaspoon herb blend
  7. Tightly fold foil twice and twist ends to form packet that won’t leak
  8. Place packets on the fire/grill rack and bake for 18-22 minutes (depending on fire temperature, this may go up or down) or until fish flakes easily with fork

Camping Considerations

When you are packing for your camping trip and you plan on this recipe, make sure you bring the following tools:

  • Fire, grill or camp stove materials
  • Saucepan or kettle big enough for boiling potatoes
  • Measuring utensils OR go ahead and measure everything out ahead of time
  • Tongs or oven mitt for lifting the fish out of the fire
  • A plate for each fillet; if the foil splits, the liquid inside is hot, so you don’t want it to spill on you
These packets are wrapped and ready to cook

When At Home

If you’re at home, make the following adjustments:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 8: Place packets on a baking tray or rack and bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

What are your favorite fishy camping recipes? Let me know in the comments!

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