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Tired of bland pasta with tomato sauce and running out of ideas for dishes to cook while camping?
If so, then you've come to the right place. We'll beat you10 best and easiest camping recipes with less than 6 ingredientsthat you can easily cook without many utensils and cooking experience and are therefore well equipped for your next tour! Some easy camping recipes require few ingredients and can be made in under 45 minutes.
The dishes featured here are all easy to prepare because we know the last thing you want to do after a long hike is spend a ton of time preparing meals for you or everyone. Many of these dishes can also be taken away.
You don't have to do without delicious and healthy food on your camping trips either! In addition to the preparation, the right camping stove and camping dishes are important, make sure that you have taken the necessary utensils with you.
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There's also a simple one waiting for you at the end of this articlesecret recipethat we often conjure up while camping and that it has been well received in our camping circle so far!
#1 Scrambled Eggs
- Clarified butter
We know what you're thinking: "Everybody makes scrambled eggs, it's nothing special." But listen to us. Most scrambled eggs that are made are lifeless, bland, and bland. Especially the scrambled eggs that are prepared when camping. But once you master this recipe, fluffy, cloudy scrambled eggs will be your reward.
Normally we would use plain, unsalted butter, but not everyone will have a cooler or refrigerator to keep butter cool. Clarified butter is the solution for this, but if you can bring regular butter, use that instead. As you can see, we only listed three ingredients with no exact amounts. That's because it depends on how much you want to make. The ratio is as follows: For each egg, add a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of butter (clarified or not).
Pack your ingredients in a pot. Yes, a pot, not a frying pan like you're probably used to. We like to leave the yolk unbroken at first. However, if the yolk is broken when the eggs are broken, it doesn't matter too much. Start by mixing together the egg white, water and (clarified) butter. After mixing, place the pot over the fire. Once the eggs start to get warm, you can break the yolk and mix it in with the rest.
At this point, the butter should also begin to melt. Once the butter has melted, remove the saucepan from the fire and continue stirring. You want to keep taking the eggs off the fire and putting them back on again. We're looking for a slow heat that barely boils the eggs and melts the butter, but nothing more. It will usually be a routine of 30 seconds over the fire and 15 seconds of reshuffling.
Once the butter is completely melted and mixed, you can leave the eggs on the fire a little longer. Keep whisking until your eggs just come together. Your scrambled eggs will look undercooked, but that's okay.
Take the pot off the fire anyway, the residual heat in the pot will do the trick. To spice things up a bit, you can chop different veggies into your scrambled eggs, like you would an omelet. We like to add some tomatoes to make it even tastier and more varied.
By the way, you can also cook your eggs at home, try it and let yourself be surprised!
Interesting:Are Eggs Healthy?
#2 Granola over a campfire
- 6 cups of oatmeal
- 2 cups pecans or almonds
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ to 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Sure, you could make granola at home before heading to the campsite. But when your granola is fresh and prepared over an open fire, this granola gives it a unique flavor, aroma and texture.
First, heat your pan. Add your nuts and gently fry them. Turn more often to avoid burning. Once they start to develop a nice nutty smell, you can add the oatmeal. Next, let the mixture cook slowly over the fire until it turns brown and nutty.
You can now remove the pan from the heat and add the vegetable oil and maple syrup. You can add more or less syrup depending on the consistency you want. Toss everything together and when fully mixed, place in a bowl.
Add the dried cranberries and eat the muesli warm. If you have made too much, you can save the rest for the next day.
#3 Potato Scrambled Eggs
- 2 diced potatoes
- 8 eggs, beaten
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 chopped bell peppers (of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons butter
First add a tablespoon of butter to the pan, a cast iron pan works well, and place it over your fire. Melt the butter and spread it over the pan.
Second add the potatoes, onions and peppers. We like it when the potatoes are cut into chunks and the onion and peppers are chopped, but this is your choice, after all, everyone has different tastes. It will take about 20 minutes for the potatoes to be tender and the onions and peppers to be nicely cooked through, although it also depends on the heat of your fire.
Now add the next tablespoon of butter. Once it's melted, it's finally time to crack the eggs open over the pan. The eggs will fill any voids between the potatoes, peppers, and onions.
To ensure even cooking time, cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and let cook until the eggs are nice and done, this will take about 4 minutes or so.
This healthy breakfast is an easy camping meal and a great way to start the day. It's easy to cook in a pan and fills up to about four people.
#4 Corn Pancakes
- 2 cups cornbread mixture
- ½ glass of water
- ½ can canned corn, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- ¼ cup cooking oil
First put the cornbread mixture and the sugar in a bowl and mix them. Then slowly add the water while continuing to mix the ingredients in the bowl. Care should be taken here, the mixture must not be too watery at the end.
Next, add the drained canned corn to the mixture. When frying, make sure the cooking oil is already super hot. Add a little oil to your pan to cover the bottom.
When the pan is hot, add some of the batter to the oil and fry the bottom for about 3 minutes until crispy. Then flip the corn pancakes and let them crisp for another 3 minutes. Finally, blot the pancakes on paper towels and the dish is done!
These delicious pancakes are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just as a snack.
#5 Caramelized onions on the grill
- 1 large sweet onion, peeled
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 teaspoon beef stock granules
- garlic salt and pepper to taste (optional)
First, heat your camping grill to medium temperature. Then cut the onion in half and then place the onion wedges on heavy-duty aluminum foil. Then sprinkle with butter, then season and refine with bouillon, garlic salt and pepper as desired. Fold the aluminum foil into a packet, leaving only a small hole at the top to allow steam to escape.
Finally, place the pack on the preheated grill and cook the onions until the onions have softened. Depending on the temperature of the grill, it will take 45 minutes to 1 hour for the onion to turn a deep brown. Turn the onions regularly during the first 30 minutes to avoid burning them.
These onions will literally melt in your mouth! You can cook them on the grill or in the oven. Even friends of ours who don't care for onions loved these! We would recommend that you use one large onion for two people.
Some people want a whole onion for themselves, so you might want to bring some extra! Even the next day you can eat them carefree and they still taste good!
#6 Fried fish fillets with a shot of beer
- 500g fish fillets, for two people.
- 1 cup pancake mixture
- 1 cup of beer
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup cooking oil
First of all, open the beer and take a sip. The oil should already be hot after we have prepared the fish fillets, so heat the oil in a pan now.
We need our fish fillets cleaned and dried. You can buy the fish fillets from a shop, but of course you can also fish them in the wild, just don't forget to skin, wash and dry them.
If you caught the fish in the wild, why not reward yourself with another sip of beer for each fish, it's a lot more fun.
Next, powder the flour onto the fish fillets, taking care to coat the flour evenly throughout the fish.
Now mix together the pancake mixture and ¾ cup of beer. The rest of the beer, if you haven't drunk it all, you can now drink up.
Mix everything with a fork until the outline has become smooth. Now take the floured fish fillets and dip them in the batter. Remember, we want an even coating.
Now you can put your fish fillets in the boiling oil and cook until the outside is golden brown.
Once the outside is done, the inside should be nice and shiny. We recommend only cooking a maximum of two fillets at a time, as overfilling the pan when frying is a big no-go.
Once you've finished frying all of the fillets, let them drain a bit on a paper towel. If you are unsure whether the fillets are done or not, try one.
Lastly, you can sprinkle a little dill, pepper, or lemon on top, if you like, but it's not really necessary. They will taste like this too.
This dish is perfect for dinner, what more could you ask for after a long hike than beer and delicious food?
#7 Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 package ranch dressing
First wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Then cut the sweet potatoes into lengthwise strips, I would recommend a width of 1cm, so that they end up looking like french fries. Note that all potato strips should be cut the same size so that they are ready when grilling.
If you have time, soak the sliced potato strips in water for 30 minutes, then drain for an hour before grilling. This will create a crispy texture when grilled, but if you don't have the time that's okay, they'll still be delicious.
Next, take all the ingredients and mix them in a bowl. We want to achieve an even coverage of all the delicious spices. Then spread aluminum foil on a sheet pan and place the potato strips soaked in the spices on top.
Place the pan on a grid over an open fire or on the center shelf of a grill. We want to get the outsides nice and crispy. Depending on your heat, you'll want to grill the potato strips for about 10 minutes per side, turning them once.
This dish is very simple and tastes great as a side dish or as a main course after a long hike.
#8 Camping Hot Dog
- 8 hot dogs, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 Chili
- 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- 12 hot dog buns
Take all the ingredients except the hot dog buns and mix them in a bowl. Place each hot dog bun on its own piece of aluminum foil. Fill the buns with the mixture, then wrap the aluminum foil to seal the whole thing.
These can be grilled over a flame for about 20 minutes, or placed deep in the charcoal and cooked for 15 minutes. Timing will of course depend on how warm your fire is, but experience has shown that cooking shouldn't take more than 25 minutes.
This recipe is a great alternative to regular hot dogs. Our hot dogs still have that same old hot dog flavor so kids will still love them, but with the help of a few extra ingredients like the chili or even the barbecue sauce, the hot dogs are sure to make adults' mouths water too let.
#9 Grilled Shishito Chili Pepper
- 2-3 cups shishito peppers, whole (about 30 pieces)
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste, for seasoning
First put the oil and the sliced garlic cloves in a cold pan. Now turn the fire to medium temperature. Thus, the garlic is allowed to flavor the oil.
Watch the garlic cloves carefully and use a spoon to remove the oil as soon as the cloves start to brown. Caution is advised here, it is easy to burn the garlic cloves.
Now turn the heat to medium-high and add the chili to the hot garlic oil. These will start crackling. Turn the chilies occasionally until they are shriveled and covered with small bubbles all over. You may need to remove the smaller pods before the larger pods.
Now take the chili out of the pan and put it in a bowl. Finally, you can sprinkle the roasted chili peppers with salt and pepper and mix in the freshly chopped shallot, if you like.
Sprinkle the top of the chili with the garlic cloves and the grilled shishito chili peppers are done. The food can either be served warm or filled into a glass so that it can be eaten afterwards.
Shishito peppers originated in Japan. Shishi roughly translates to “Lion’s Head”. Since the tips of the Shishito chili pepper resemble small lion heads, the pod was given the name Shishito. This mild chili variety is often used for garnishing and frying.
#10 Camping Quesadillas
- 4 medium tortillas
- 500g chicken breast, grilled and sliced
- 1 Glass Sauce With Cheese
- 1 can of black beans
- grated cheese, to taste
First, spread a tablespoon of salsa con queso on one side of each tortilla. Then, sprinkle 1/4 of the grilled chicken breast and 1/4 of the black beans onto one half of each tortilla. Refine the whole thing with cheese, as much as you like, depending on your taste. Now fold the other side of the tortilla over to cover the ingredients.
Wrap the folded tortillas on a piece of aluminum foil. Note that the aluminum foil should be large enough to wrap the entire tortilla. Leave the ends open.
As a final step, place the foil-wrapped quesadilla on the grate directly over the campfire or on your camp grill.
Now wait until the cheese starts to melt and the tortilla gets nice and crispy. Now you can take the quesadilla off the grid and cut it into four parts.
You don't even need plates for this recipe as the quesadillas are already wrapped in aluminum foil.
If you don't want to cook the chicken on your camping trip, then prepare all the other ingredients and the chicken at home, so all you have to do on your trip is throw all the ingredients together and not much work ahead of you!
#Secret recipe: Tender slow-cook chicken (also available as a vegetarian version with tofu)
The secret camping recipe has to be simple, of course. In this case, you don't need to carry a lot of different spices because the recipe only includes spices and salt, which is all you need. You need a pot to cook. All in all, you need less than 6 ingredients and your mere mortal backpacker friends won't turn their noses up at strange names or ingredients.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter (you can use margarine or oil instead)
- 3 onions, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- a few herbs or almonds to decorate
- 1 can of tomato passata
- 250g chicken thighs (you can also use chicken breast or pork instead of chicken, you can even make it vegetarian using tofu)
Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat and sauté the onions until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Put the onion mixture in the pot. In the same pan over high heat, sear the chicken on all sides. Add the chicken to the cooker/pot along with the onions and the tomato passata. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours.
Garnish with almonds and herbs afterwards, if you like. Serve it with pasta or rice or just eat it like I do 😉
Tipp:You can also add other veggies like baby carrots or green peppers to boost the nutritional value of this easy camping recipe.
FAQ – Common questions about camping recipes answered
u003cstrongu003eWhat cooking utensils do I need when camping?u003c/strongu003e
Camping recipes are easy and you don't need a lot of cooking utensils to cook them. Most simple camping meals will only require a single pot or pan, although some simple camping desserts will require more than one bowl.
u003cstrongu003eHow can I prepare easy soup recipes?u003c/strongu003e
For easy soup recipes, you'll need basic camping ingredients like seasonings, diced meat or veggies, and canned beans. Spices can be for example salt/pepper/chili powder/dried herbs. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eMeat cubes vary by recipe but are usually beef or chicken. Canned beans are for thicker soups. Canned lentils are a great addition to easy vegetarian camping recipes.
u003cstrongu003eCan I use canned fruit if I make a simple fruit salad with canned fruit at camp?u003c/strongu003e
Yes! You can use both canned fruit and dried fruit for a simple canned fruit salad. Some examples are fresh apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, watermelon...and dried apricots, bananas and pineapples.
u003cstrongu003eWhat easy camping recipes can I make with canned fruit?u003c/strongu003e
There are easy camping recipes like easy fruit skewers, easy dessert skewers, easy trifle recipes (using canned pineapple), and easy sundae recipes that only require you to use canned fruit. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eIf you want to use fresh fruit instead of canned fruit, a simple fruit salad is a great recipe to start with.
u003cstrongu003eDo dried ingredients taste just as good as fresh ingredients for simple camping meals?u003c/strongu003e
Usually not quite as good, but close. Dried fruits usually still contain some moisture, so they can easily change the outcome of simple campfire desserts.
u003cstrongu003eWhat can I do when simple camping recipes taste bland?u003c/strongu003e
If they aren't salty enough, you can use soy sauce or fish sauce instead of salt. You can also add chili powder if you find the easy camping recipes are too sweet.
u003cstrongu003eWhat foods can I eat while camping?u003c/strongu003e
Dried fruits are a great snack when camping. Some examples of easy camping meals you can make with it are easy fruit salad with canned fruit and easy fruit skewers.
u003cstrongu003eWhat are easy camping recipes?u003c/strongu003e
Easy camping recipes are easy to make with few ingredients and basic cooking supplies. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eSome examples of easy camping recipes include Easy Soup Recipes, Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipes, Easy Spaghetti Recipes, Easy Chili Recipes, Easy Vegetable Curry Recipes, Easy Potato Recipes, and Easy Fruit Salads.
u003cstrongu003eHow do I make easy camping desserts?u003c/strongu003e
On colder evenings, we also recommend warm fruit and chocolate dessert bowls. Prepare such easy camping desserts by following these simple steps:u003cbru003eu003cbru003eMix the ingredients (fruit of your choice) in a bowl, shred with a fork if necessary. Add chocolate chips and place the easy camping dessert in bowls. Place the bowls on a fireproof surface over the campfire - Done!u003cbru003e
u003cstrongu003eHow should I prepare my food when camping?u003c/strongu003e
u003cstrongu003eTo prepare simple camping recipes, all you have to do is:u003c/strongu003eu003cbru003eCut vegetables into simple shapes that can be eaten with spoons or forks. u003cbru003eCook easy camping recipes over a campfire using basic utensils like spoons, knives and forks.