Campfire Cooking

Camping food doesn't have to be boring

There’s something special about the meals you eat while camping—somehow, nothing tastes better than dinner cooked over an open flame and enjoyed around a campfire. From pork chops seared in cast iron to shallots cooked in a foil pouch, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for campfire cooking.

One of the easiest ways to cook with a campfire is to wrap your food up in foil and throw it directly into the flames. Our warm red potato salad features potatoes that are cooked in foil, sliced, and dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, red onion, parsley, and oregano. For a Swedish cookout side toss shallots in butter and olive oil, wrap them in foil with dill, and cook the package slowly until the shallots soften and caramelize.

A campfire without s’mores is a wasted campfire. It’s tough to improve on the classic combo of Hershey’s chocolate and standard store-bought marshmallows and graham crackers. If you do want to get fancy, though, we’ve got you covered with a version using all homemade ingredients: graham shortbreads, toffee-almond chocolate squares, and whiskey marshmallows.

After a good night’s sleep, it’s time for breakfast. Buttermilk oatmeal with cardamom, star anise, and ginger is a hearty start to the day, as are our strawberry griddle cakes, which are also great with whatever berries you have on hand. If you don’t feel like cooking in the morning, bring along a batch of our chewy fruit and nut granola bars for a quick, satisfying breakfast.

Eat like a king on your next camping trip with our collection of campfire cooking recipes.

Warm Red Potato Salad

Make the vinaigrette for this potato salad ahead of time; then, wrap potatoes in foil and place them in the campfire coals to bake.
Wrap these Swedish-style shallots in foil and let them cook slowly over the fire while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Foil-Roasted Mushrooms with Hazelnuts and Chives

Toasted nuts add a satisfying crunch to a wild mushroom medley.

Charred Lemon-Pepper Pork Chops

This recipe for lemon-pepper pork chops is from Sarah Huck and Jaimee Young’s book Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great Outdoors (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011). Serve the chops with Piperade Salad for a laid-back summer supper.

Wild Blueberry Steamed Pudding

Whether on a campfire or backyard grill, this easily prepared dessert steams in a Dutch oven while you go about your business. Add a dollop of whipped cream or lemon curd to finish.

Ultimate S’more

When making this deluxe campfire treat, look for square marshmallows; they fit the graham crackers better and give chocolate a wider surface to melt on.

Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops

Tangy, sweet peach jam balances the richness of these pan-fried spiced pork chops. Store them, marinade and all, in zip-top bags to transport.

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

Grilled Corn with Pesto

Grilled Corn with Pesto

Grilled Ginger-Marinated Flank Steak

Honey adds a contrasting sweetness to charred tender beef suffused with ginger, lime, and garlic. The steak can be cooked on either a cast-iron skillet or a small grill.

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans

Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal. Mix the dry ingredients ahead of time for an easier camp-side breakfast. Get the recipe for Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans »

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; any other kind of fruit (fresh or dried) makes an excellent substitute. Tote the wet and dry ingredients separately and mix them just before cooking.

Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

Make these granola bars before setting out on your camping trip to have on hand as a sweet, satisfying breakfast or snack.

Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce

Bring all the ingredients along for this simple main dish on a camping trip and make it with freshly caught fish.

Scrambled Eggs with Bread and Chorizo (Migas con Chorizo)

This Spanish-style egg scramble, made with spicy chorizo and chunks of olive oil-crisped bread, is as satisfying for dinner as it is for breakfast. Get the recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Bread and Chorizo (Migas con Chorizo) »

Honeyed Hot Cocoa

Honey adds unique depth as a sweetener for hot cocoa, balanced by a pinch of salt. Get the recipe for Honeyed Hot Cocoa »