Wild Recipes

Grilled Tandoori Kokanee

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There are worse things in life than kicking back on the boat on a gorgeous spring morning while the downriggers troll a small squid bait in the vicinity of a kokanee school. Birds are nesting and singing. Trees and flowers are in full bloom, casting brilliant hues from the lake canyon walls. You notice a sizable blob appear on the depth-finder and prepare for the strike. Moments later, you reel up a 10-inch kokanee, chrome-bright and destined for the cooler. You can already taste that bold blend of curry-like flavors, coriander, chili pepper, with a sharp hint of lime. Paired with a crisp rose or chardonnay, the complexity of flavors puts this recipe at the top of the list to share with friends and family. Or not, as kokanee are a prize, not to be squandered.

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Grilled Tandoori Kokanee

Recipe by Brad Trumbo
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  • 4 cleaned kokanee

  • 1 lime

  • 1 tbsp dry tandoori spice rub

  • 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic

  • 1 tbsp ginger paste

  • 4 tbsp plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 tbsp salt


  • Make 3 to 4 vertical cuts across the body of each fish and arrange on a plate
  • Mix all other ingredients in a smooth paste in a bowl
  • Slather across both sides of each fish, working into vertical cuts and body cavity
  • Cover and let marinate for 30 minutes
  • Grease grill grate or stovetop griddle
  • Sear on the grill or stovetop griddle for 3 to 5 minutes on each side
  • Remove from the grill and top with a light dusting of additional tandoori spice

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Brad Trumbo

Senior Staff Writer at Harvesting Nature Brad is an author and outdoor columnist who lives in southeast Washington State with his wife Ali and a pack of Llewellin setters on a small homestead. He serves the public as a fish and wildlife biologist and active Pheasants Forever life member. He pens conservation news for Harvesting Nature and authored the upland hunting book, Wingshooting the Palouse, which is available from Ingram Content Group and Amazon. You can find Brad on Instagram @tailfeathers_upland and @palouse_upland_media.

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