Pack a good camping stove. You can cook just about anything on a two-burner camping stove that you could cook on your stovetop at home. The trick is making sure that your stove offers decent wind protection and simmer control. We recommend this camping stove, or check out our full review on the best camping stoves here!
Prep what you can ahead of time. Make your life easier once you are at the campsite by doing some of the work ahead of time. Chop vegetables, pre-cut meat for kabobs, make your marinades and sauces. You’ll thank yourself when you have a little extra time to relax in camp before you have to start cooking!
Start with meals and techniques you’re familiar with. If you are new to camp cooking, set yourself up for success by choosing camp meals and cooking techniques that you already use at home. Remember, there’s no ordering take out for plan B, so this might not be the time to attempt a souffle for the first time 😉 Luckily, most of the meals we’re sharing with you are easy enough to try on your next camping trip!
Few things are as satisfying on a camping trip as a good breakfast sandwich. It has all the hit ingredients of all-American breakfast, assembled together in a convenient grab-and-go package. This recipe features homemade maple and apple sausage patties, melty cheese, and is topped with a fried egg.
Who would settle for regular old pancakes when you could start your morning with Banana Bread Pancakes?! Just add walnuts, banana, and a scoop of brown sugar and you’ll start the day with a real treat.
If you’re looking for a hearty car camping breakfast, look no further than this cast iron frittata! Blistered cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and shallots all layered together with cheese and eggs, a frittata is a wonderful way to start your morning.
Light, fluffy, and layered with incredible apple flavor, these cinnamon apple cider pancakes are the ultimate fall weather camping breakfast. If you like spiced apple cider, you’re going to LOVE these pancakes!
When we need a quick, no fuss breakfast that isn’t boring, we cook up a pot of this apple oatmeal. It’s loaded with chia, flax, and hemp seeds for an extra nutritional boost, and sweetened with cinnamon apples.
These Shrimp Boil Foil Packets are quick to prepare, easy to clean up, and can be cooked directly over a campfire or BBQ. Just assemble your ingredients, seal them inside using aluminum foil and parchment paper, and place them over your campfire or grill!
These campfire grilled fish tacos couldn’t be easier to make! Season the fish with lime, chili, and cumin, then grill on the fire. Stuff into a tortilla with a scoop of the spicy corn salsa and dig in!
A delicate balance of spicy and sweet, white bean chili is a great one pot meal for warm weather camping. A little lighter than the traditional tomato-based version, this white chili is just as flavorful and filling.
This post was first published on February 13, 2018 and updated in 2020 with new recipes.
Fresh Off The Grid
Megan & Michael are the creators of Fresh Off The Grid, a blog dedicated to helping you fuel your adventures by sharing camp cooking recipes, backpacking meals, and outdoor travel guides. Their recipes and outdoor cooking expertise have been featured in Backpacker Magazine, Outside, REI Co-Op Journal, Food & Wine, and New York Times Cooking.