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Grilled Trout (Neolithic)

This recipe is in categories Baking, Main courses, Prehistoric,
About this recipe:
Difficulty: 4

Fish was an important part of the hunter-gatherer diet, providing protein and many other nutrients. It was also probably more easily caught than many land animals.

It was often cooked, skewered over a fire, as in this podcast, but also sometimes baked in clay, which more easily kept it whole. 

Marsh samphire, used in this recipe, can be found growing wild near the sea; it is tasty and succulent and often gathered to this day as a vegetable.

With thanks to Steve and Jo Parish  of Past Alive for their help with this podcast.


Making and cooking it
  1. Split open the trout with a knife from below the gills to the tail
  2. Pull the sides open to flatten the fish out, this will allow it to cook evenly
  3. Thread three hazel sticks horizontally in and out of the fish, one at the neck, one towards the tail and one at the middle. Push the sticks through the fishes side, going just under the spine and out through the other side. This will keep the fish open and flat
  4. Thread the last 2 sticks vertically down the sides of the fish, going under and over the sticks already put in. The sticks will allow you to handle the fish easily over the fire
  5. Rub a little salt and butter on the fish
  6. Place the fish on the wooden frame angled over the fire to cook
  7. Lay the samphire above the fish, dotted with butter to cook
  8. The flesh will be firm and pink when cooked. Use the sticks to remove the fish from the fire
  9. Carefully remove the samphire
  10. Eat hot or cold