Ari Woeste

Campfire Cooking // Dill Tilapia



Meals while camping don’t always have to be pb&js. A light fish paired with simple flavors can go a long way on a portable tent-side stove.

Lemon Dill tilapia

  • tilapia (or other white fish)
  • bushel of fresh dill
  • 1 lemon 
  • salt and pepper
  • baby heirloom tomatoes
  • butter
  • other items needed: 
    • small knife
    • small cutting board
    • cast iron skillet and spatula

Pack all perishable items in a water resistant container in your cooler (to keep them from getting soggy once the ice in your cooler starts to melt).

Once it's time for dinner, unwrap your fresh fish and use the deli packaging it came in to use as your prep surface. 


Slice your lemons and squeeze them over your fish and tomatoes. Salt and pepper, sprinkle in dill and cover the fish with the remaining lemon rind for 15-20 minutes to marinate while you fix the fire and make a cocktail. 

Preheat your cast iron to medium hot, throw a little butter on before adding your tilapia. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side (depending on the thickness of your filet), with all ingredients in the pan. 

Enjoy next to a warm fire with the sounds of nature as your soundtrack.