While making sure you have your essentials such as a tent, sleeping bag, blow up mattress and so on, one part of the pre-planning that is often forgotten about is campfire menu ideas, in particular – easy things to cook on a camping stove. That’s where our guide comes in. We’ve selected 12 of the best cooking for camping ideas, some of which are great BBQ meal ideas, some easy meals to cook on a camping stove, all of which are recipes for camping trips you won’t forget.


First up, snackable food to take camping

Before we begin with the easy camping meals, let's focus on the snacks. We know that life on campsites can be tiring business, and sometimes having a little nibble on something between meals is what’s required to keep you going. However, you can’t just pack the same snacks as you’d have at home, as many can easily spoil once they are exposed to the elements for too long. 

So, here are our top picks:

  • Apples, oranges, pears or other longer lasting fruit
  • Biscuits (if you're particularly active, try ones made with oats)
  • Miniature cereal packs
  • Multi-pack crisps or baked vegetable chips
  • Dried meats (think French sausage)
  • Crackers or savoury biscuits
  • Packaged sandwich rolls or wraps
  • Chilled sausage rolls or your favourite veggie alternative
  • Chilled mini pies 
  • Cakes and muffins 


Camping breakfast ideas

It’s believed by many to be the most important meal of the day, and is certainly one to not be missed when you've got a long day of activities in store. While cereal is an option, why not give these camping breakfast ideas a go? We promise you’ll be good until lunchtime.  


The breakfast hash

How long does it take? 41 minutes (15 minutes preparation - 26 minutes cooking)

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Camping stove 
  • Chopping board 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Paper towels 
  • Plate

Ingredients (per person)

  • 3 bacon rashers  
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil 
  • 1 white potato 
  • Salt and ground pepper 
  • ½ onion 

How to 

  • Begin by cutting the bacon crosswise into quarter pieces, the potato into cubes and make sure the onion is nice and sliced.
  • Cook the bacon in a frying pan for about 5 minutes, until crispy. Transfer onto a paper towel lined plate and allow to drain and discard some of the grease.
  • Return the pan to the stove and add oil at medium heat. Then add potatoes, salt and pepper and stir for ten minutes, until brown and quite crispy. 
  • Mix onion into the potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes, until the onion has gone translucent. 
  • Return the bacon to the pan. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes,until heated through.
  • Pour eggs over the mixture and cook for another 5 to 6 to minutes, until the eggs have set. 


Sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches with sriracha honey sauce 


How long does it take? 15 minutes (5 minutes prep before you leave home - 10 minutes cooking)

Equipment

  • Cast iron griddle pan (can be substituted with a frying pan if cooking on a stove)
  • Spatula 
  • Small mixing bowl 

Ingredients (for six servings)

  • 454g of ground pork (or preferred meat alternative)
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 slices of cheese
  • 6 English muffins
  • ½ cup of honey 
  • 2 teaspoons of dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage)
  • 2 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

How to

  • Either when you’re at home or the night before breakfast, start by prepping the sausage patties. Mix together the ground pork / alternative, the herbs and salt in a large bowl until they are together as one. Then form them into six equal patties, as they will shrink when cooked. You can also now make the sauce by stirring the honey and sriracha together in a smaller mixing bowl. 
  • Heat up the campfire, and then place the patties onto the hot iron griddle and leave for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are browned on one side and then do the same for the other. 
  • Meanwhile, cook the eggs to your desired consistency and slice the muffins open and toast them on the fire. 
  • To serve, spread the Sriracha and honey sauce on the muffins and then add the egg, cheese and patty to the bun. 


Grilled halloumi breakfast sandwich (veggie option) 

How long? 20 minutes (5 minutes of prep - 15 minutes of cooking) 

Equipment

  • Camping stove 
  • Frying pan
  • Sharp knife 
  • Cutting board 
  • Spatula 
  • Measuring cups & spoons (or take pre-measured)
  • Dishes & utensils for serving 

Ingredients (quantities per sandwich)

  • A sandwich bun
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sliced scallion onion
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha 
  • Salt and pepper

How to 

  • Toast the sandwich buns on your camping stove. 
  • Heat half the butter or oil on your stove on a medium heat. Add the cheese once melted. 
  • Fry on each side for about 3 - 4 minutes. Each side should start to have golden brown spots. (if you have a grill, this part can be done by skipping the oil or butter and directly grilling the cheese) 
  • Now heat the other half of the butter or oil over medium heat. Once melted, crack an egg into the frying pan. Let it cook for 4 minutes or until they are a texture you like. 
  • As the white starts to set, use a fork to mix up the yolk so that it gets spread across the egg and there is yolk with every bite. 
  • While the egg cooks, mix together the mayo and sriracha. This will be your spicy mayo. 
  • Spread the spicy mayo on either side of the toasted bread and layer the grilled halloumi egg, scallions and salt and pepper to serve. 
  • Now it’s time to start cooking. 


Camping lunch ideas 

Deciding how much food to make for a camping lunch can be a tricky one. You don’t want to overload with food so it makes any afternoon plans a chore, but then no one wants to go hungry. With these camping lunch ideas, we feel like we've got the perfect balance for your midday meals. 


The 15 minute stir fry 

How long does it take? 15 minutes! (5 for prep - 10 for cooking) 

Equipment

  • Cooking pot (as wok-like as possible) 
  • Camping stove 
  • Stirring utensil 

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 1 (340g) veggie pack
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 small-medium meat, chicken or tofu steak
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce 
  • ½ a tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili flakes
  • Salt & pepper 
  • 6 - 8 dried noodle sheets

How to 

  • Start by steaming the veggies until they are tender crisp, then put them to one side. 
  • Then heat up the coconut oil in the pot and add the steak. 
  • As the tofu cooks, add minced garlic, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt and peppers, dried parsley, and chilli flakes. 
  • Once the meat has cooked through, pour the juices created over the steamed veggies and stir it all together. Cover the steak up. 
  • Cook the noodles in line the packages descriptions. 
  • To serve, place the veggies and tofu top of the noodles. You can also add flavourings such as plum, soy or hot sauce for even more flavour. 


Cauliflower tacos with pickled red onion (veggie option)

How long does it take? 50 minutes (20 minutes for prep - 30 minutes to cook)

Equipment

  • Frying pan 
  • Camping stove 
  • Access to campfire 
  • Small bowl 

Ingredients (6 - 8 portions) 

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 330 ml of light lager
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • Avocado 
  • Coriander
  • Hot sauce
  • 2 - 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne 
  • 1 ¼ tablespoon of sea salt

How to 

  • Begin by chopping the red onion into quarters half moons, mincing the garlic, juicing the limes and cutting the cauliflower up into small bite size florets. 
  • Then, put the onions, lime juice and a quarter tablespoon of sea salt into the small mixing bowl. Stir it all together every five minutes to make sure the onions are properly pickled. 
  • Place the cauliflower, lager, cumin, dried oregano, cayenne, garlic and rest of the salt into the frying pan. Allow it cook for 15-30 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add olive oil and fry the cauliflower until it starts to turn golden brown. 
  • Whilst doing this,warm each of your tacos on the campfire for 5 seconds on both sides. 
  • Fill each of your tacos with cauliflower and pickled onions, adding avocado, cilantro and hot sauce at your pleasure. 


On the go nachos (veggie option)

How long does it take? 35 minutes to cook 

Equipment 

  • Medium size camping pot 
  • Access to a campfire or camping stove 
  • Stirring utensils 

Ingredients (3 - 5 servings)

  • 4-6 bags of lunch sized Cool Doritos 
  • 600g of ground beef
  • 200g of Shredded lettuce 
  • 200g of taco sauce
  • 200g of sour cream 
  • 200g of mature cheddar cheese
  • 200g of sliced jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoons of olive oil

How to

  • Start off by heating the olive oil and ground beef for 20 minutes. 
  • Add taco seasoning and 50 ml water and allow to gently heat for another 15 minutes.
  • Take each bag of lunch-sized Cool Doritos and gently crush them up. Then open up each bag and roll down the edges of each bag. 
  • Pour the meat, cheese and toppings evenly into each bag. Toss around to get an even distribution of the fillings. 
  • Finish by adding a dollop of sour cream on top. 


Camping dinner ideas

Now for the big one. This will be the meal that will most likely take the most time, but will have the biggest pay off in it's success. Whether you’re looking for camping meals for two, recipes for camping trips for the whole family or just solo camping supper ideas , we feel like these recipes will do you and your whole camping team nicely. 


One-pot beef Stroganoff 

How long does it take? 30 minutes (5 mins for prep - 25 for cooking)

Equipment

  • 25cm heavy bottomed frying pan 
  • Camping stove 
  • Spatula or wooden spoon 

Ingredients (for 4 servings) 

  • 228g of striped steak
  • 228g of mushrooms
  • 1 small brown onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 ½ cups of broth
  • 113 grams of egg noodles 
  • ½ cup full of sour cream 
  • 1 teaspoon of salt 
  • 2 tablespoons of oil 
  • 1 tablespoons of Worcester sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme

How to 

  • Begin by cutting the mushrooms into quarters, dicing the onions and mincing the garlic and seasoning the steak with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat up the frying pan until it is extremely hot and allow the steak to cook through until it is browned on both sides. Once it has cooked through, take the steak off the frying pan and place it on a tin foil covered plate and leave to one side. 
  • Reduce the heat to a medium, and then add the mushrooms and saute them five times. The same with the onions. Then saute the garlic for 1 minute. 
  • Now add the Worcester sauce, broth and thyme. Use your wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of the frying pan. Allow the liquid to boil over a high heat. 
  • Add the noodles and cook them for as long as the instructions say. The usual time for this is 8 minutes. Regularly stir the noodles to make sure they are spread evenly. 
  • Once the noodles are cooked, remove the pan from the stove. Split the sour cream into two and pour spoonfuls of the broth into one half of the sour creams so that it does not curdle when mixed into the pan.
  •  Mix the tempered sour cream into the frying pan and stir thoroughly. Then add the rest of the sour cream and stir again
  • Slice the steak into pieces and add to the pan. 
  • You’re ready to serve! 


Grilled chorizo kebabs 

How long does it take? 15 minutes (5 minutes for prep - 10 minutes for cooking)

Equipment

  • Small food processor (when making the chimichurri at home)
  • Small storage container
  • Access to a campfire  
  • Sharp knife 
  • Chopping board
  • Skewers (soak 30 minutes before cooking) 
  • Tongs 
  • Plates 
  • Utensils 

Ingredients (per 2 servings)

  • 228g of chorizo (not mexican chorizo as it can crumble when grilled)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bell medium pepper
  • ½ a baguette 
  • 1 small onion 
  • ⅓ cup full of fresh flat leaf parsley 
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon of salt 
  • ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup of olive oil

How to 

  • Preparation for this meal begins at home with the creation of the chimichurri. Start off by placing the parsley oregano, garlic, chilli flakes and red wine vinegar into a food processor and blend 3 times. While the food processor is running, add the olive oil through the top until the chimichurri you’re creating has the consistency you want. 
  • Now at the campsite, soak your skewers 30 minutes before cooking. While doing this, get your campfire to a medium heat and evenly chop up the chorizo, bell pepper and onion.
  • Thread the chorizo, bell pepper, onion and tomatoes through the skewers and lightly brush them with olive oil and salt. 
  • Place the skewers on the campfire for ten minutes, turning them every few minutes so each ingredient cooks properly, although the tomatoes will start to go soft and blister after four minutes.
  • Cut the baguette in half, brush each with olive oil and leave on fire for five minutes until toasted. 
  • Remove skewers from the grill and serve with chimchurri sauce. 


Chilli campfire bake (veggie option)

How long does it take? 20 minutes to cook 

Equipment 

  • A large frying pan 
  • Access to a campfire or camping stove
  • Stirring utensil 

Ingredients (4 servings) 

  • 500g macaroni pasta 
  • 150g of mature cheddar
  • 1 can of chilli 
  • 200g of nacho crisps 
  • ½ tablespoons of salt 

How to 

  • Boil 750ml of water in the large frying pan. 
  • Pour in pasta and let it cook for 10 minutes, until the water has evaporated.
  • Add chilli into the frying pan and bring to simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Take off heat and add nachos, cheese and to the top. Serve immediately.


Grilled sweet potato fajitas (veggie option)

How long does it take? 45 minutes (25 for prep - 20 mins for cooking)

Equipment

  • Frying pan 
  • Cast iron griddle
  • Access to a campfire
  • Sharp knife 
  • Chopping board 
  • Metal tongs 
  • Small mixing container 
  • Measuring spoons (or pre-measured ingredients)
  • Plates 
  • Serving utensils 

Ingredients (per 4 fajitas) 

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli powder 
  • 1 tablespoon of salt 
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 poblano pepper or green pepper 
  • 1 white onion 
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin 
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 lime
  • 4 - 6 flour tortillas

How to

  • To prepare the sweet potato steaks, begin by cutting off both ends of the potato. Then place the sweet potato vertically on the chopping board and slice downwards, to create 4 half inch slabs. 
  • Prepare the marinade by mixing the oil, soy sauce, chilli powder and salt together in a small container.
  • Lay the sweet potato on a large plate and lightly pour the marinade over the top of it. To get an even coating, use the back of a spoon. Flip the potato over and do the same on the other side. Allow the potato to marinate for 20 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are marinating, prep the vegetables by slicing them up. De-stem and slice the peppers into long strips. Chop up onions into quarter length slices. Dice up the garlic. 
  • Now you’re ready to start cooking. Kick it off by heating up cooking oil on a medium heat in the frying pan. Once hot, add the chopped up peppers and onion. Leave on a high heat until they soften, then add garlic and spices. Cook for twenty minutes until all vegetables are soft and the onions have browned. 
  • As the vegetables are frying, place the sweet potatoes on the grill. Cook them on both sides for 5 minutes each. Once they are tender, take them off the campfire and carefully cut them up into four slices. 

It is also possible to cook the sweet potatoes with a second frying pan if there is no campfire available. 

  • Toast the Tortillas on the campfire. This should take 15 - 20 seconds per side. 
  • To serve, place vegetables evenly onto the tortillas. Then add the sweet potato, along with fresh lime dressing. 


And finally, some fun camping food ideas 

Not all camping food ideas need to be for sustenance alone. Some can just be for the fun of it, and to make the very use of the campfire or cooking apparatus that you have. If you’re camping with children, this selection of fun food may not only put a smile on their faces, but can also help build their confidence around campsite cooking. 


Campfire banana boats 

How long does it take? 15 minutes (5 minutes prep time - 10 minutes for cooking)

Equipment

  • A grill 
  • Access to a campfire 
  • Sharp nnife
  • Tinfoil 

Ingredients (per banana boat) 

  • 1 banana 
  • 8 mini marshmallows
  • 1 digestive biscuit
  • 2 tablespoon of milk chocolate (from chocolate bars or chocolate chips. 
  • Strawberrys, hazelnuts, caramel sauce, peanut butter, cherries or pralines (optional fillings)

How to 

  • Take an unpeeled banana, and cut it down the middle along the concave style, not completely through, just until the tip of the knife grazes the peel on the other side. Then pull the peel slightly apart. 
  • Fill the inside of the banana with chocolate, marshmallows and other fillings that take your fancy. 
  • Wrap the banana in tin foil and place on the campfire grill for ten minutes. Whilst waiting, gently crush up the digestive biscuit. 
  • Once cooked, unwrap the banana and spread biscuit crumbs lengthways across it.


Campfire crispy apples

How long does it take? 20 minutes ( 5 minutes prep time - 15 minutes cooking time) 

Equipment

  • 25cm frying pan 
  • Access to a campfire or a camping stove 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring cups 
  • Measuring spoons 
  • Wooden spoon or spatula 

Ingredients 

  • 2 - 3 apples 
  • 1 cup of granola 
  • ¼ of brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons of bourbon 
  • 1 tablespoons of oil and butter
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg 
  • ½ of ground cloves 

How to 

  • Slice your apples into quarters pieces
  • Get your frying pan to a medium heat, and start by saute your apples for five minutes until they begin to soften. 
  • Add the spices, sugar and bourbon and combine them all by stirring. Continue cooking for five to ten minutes until the sauce thickens and the apples tenderise. 
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle the granola across the mixture. 
  • Serve from the frying pan or in individual portions. 


Grilled madeira cake skewers 

How long does it take? 18 minutes (10 minutes for prep - 8 minutes for cooking) 

Equipment

  • Skewers 
  • Grid 
  • Access to campfire 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Cutting board 

Ingredients (portions of 3) 

  • Madeira cake 
  • Pineapple
  • Stawberries
  • Peaches 
  • Plums 
  • Pears 
  • Whipped cream

How to 

  • Cut up the madeira cake and fruit into equal portions. 
  • Carefully thread onto BBQ skewers. 
  • Grill over a medium heat for six to 8 minutes, allowing the fruit to soften and the cake to toast. 
  • Add whipped cream and you’re ready to serve.