The camping recipes below are some great tasty meal ideas while on your outdoor vacation. Some of the best memories forged while camping will be the meals shared together around the campfire. It doesn’t matter if you’re backpacking or in an RV, you can still have a delicious feast with relatively simple tools.
If you have the space, campfire grills are a handy tool to have around the campsite. They come in many shapes, weights, and sizes and can nearly transform a stone fire ring into a kitchen appliance. From the tripod grills and Dutch ovens to the foldout tray grills, most of them offer you the ability to have a cooking surface just inches above the hot coals of your fire. They can usually support a small coffee pot, a saucepan, hot dogs and hamburgers, or a pot to boil water in. They are a neat item to have, but certainly not a necessity if you’re packing light.
Some of the best camping recipes are very simple and can be cooked with a pointed stick or a pouch made from a piece of tinfoil. If you need to improvise, you can also use an orange, grapefruit or onion peel (1/2 sphere) to cook rice or other food in, right on the coals. This can impress your scouts or fellow campers, too, as a way to cook with very little mess or waste. Below are some camping recipes that you can do with little or no equipment…just a good campfire:
Fruit Salad & Rice
- Take a large orange or grapefruit and cut in half.
- Cut out the sections of fruit in each and stack length-wise in the bowl-shaped peels.
- Add some diced up apples or grapes for variety.
- Pass out the fruit salad ‘bowls’ to your campers.
- Stuff the empty remaining halves with rice and fill with water, leaving about ½ inch of space at the top.
- Cover with tin foil and place in the coals of your campfire. Note: Use tongs, sticks, or another tool to keep from burning your hands!
- Depending on the type of rice, it can take anywhere from a 2-20 minutes to cook. Test the rice for tenderness before serving.
- A little Tabasco, onion powder, or garlic can spice up the rice…and a grapefruit can make for a bigger meal 😉
The Tin Foil Meal
- The possibilities with aluminum foil are endless. You can cook chicken, beef, fish, corn on the cob, potatos, biscuits, eggs, and many other meals with just aluminum foil! The camping recipe below is for fish fillets, but you can easily substitute another food item.
- Take a sheet of aluminum foil, approx. 12” square and place flat on a level surface.
- Take your fish fillet and put in the middle of the foil. Add diced onions and carrots, garlic, lemon juice, butter, or other items for flavor.
- Fold the tinfoil to contain the heat and juices…this is important. A loosely folded or crumbled tinfoil ball will take longer to cook and a lot of flavoring and moisture will escape through the cracks and holes. Read cooking with tinfoil to properly fold your foil cooker.
- Place the foil in the hot campfire coals. For small filets, bake on each side for approximately 3 minutes. Larger fillets can take as long as 10 minutes per side.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool and serve. As you carefully unfold the foil, crimp the sides of the foil to form a bowl that you can eat out of right on your lap.
Camping recipes can be as simple as hot dogs on a stick or as elaborate as multi-course meal served over the campfire grill. We’ll continue to add new recipes, so check back often for new campfire culinary ideas!
More Camping Recipe Ideas…
- Cooking with Tinfoil
- Camping Desserts
- Campfire Dinner Rolls
- Campfire Nachos
- Campfire Hotdogs
- Campfire Chili