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
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.Laura Sant
Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie)
Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie)
Wrap these Swedish-style shallots in foil and let them cook slowly over the fire while you prepare the rest of the meal.Felix Odell
Foil-Roasted Mushrooms with Hazelnuts and Chives
Foil-Roasted Mushrooms with Hazelnuts and Chives
Toasted nuts add a satisfying crunch to a wild mushroom medley.Tara Donne
Charred Lemon-Pepper Pork Chops
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.Tara Donne
Wild Blueberry Steamed Pudding
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.Tara Donne
Ultimate S'more
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.Michael Kraus
Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops
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.James Roper
Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes
Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes
Form these sweet and spicy pancakes before you leave; then, simply pan-fry and top with an egg for a hearty breakfast, or serve them alongside marinated steak.Ingalls Photography
Grilled Corn with Pesto
Grilled Corn with Pesto
Grilled ears of corn take on a smokiness that pairs well with a garlicky pesto.Todd Coleman
Grilled Ginger-Marinated Flank Steak
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.Ingalls Photography
Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal
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.Andre Baranowski
Strawberry Griddle Cakes
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.Ingalls Photography
Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
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.Anna Stockwell
Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce
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.Todd Coleman
Scrambled Eggs with Bread and Chorizo (Migas con Chorizo)
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.Ingalls Photography
Honeyed Hot Cocoa
Honeyed Hot Cocoa
Honey adds unique depth as a sweetener for hot cocoa, balanced by a pinch of salt.Maxime Iattoni