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5 easy meals you can cook on a camping stove

5 easy meals you can cook on a camping stove

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Whether you’re going on a camping holiday or camping at a festival, you’re going to have to eat at some point. Yes, even at a festival – you can’t just drink for a whole weekend with no food!

But food choices when you’re camping are often limited. You either succumb to the cheap, crappy burgers at a festival (y’ know those ones that are really thin and a bit grey?) or another portion of chips, or you buy a disposable BBQ and wait for hours while it heats up and charcoals your food and eat packets upon packets of crisps and dips in the meantime. Neither are healthy and both get a bit boring if you’re camping for more than one or two days.

But, with a little preparation and organisation before you go you can cook healthy, delicious food pretty easily on a call stove.

If you’re feeding more than two or want to try the pizza recipe then I recommend you get this stove (or, if you’re feeling fancy check out these camp kitchen items). Here are 5 of my favourite easy camping recipes for your next camping trip. If you’re a regular camper I’d love to know what meals you cook up!

one pot camping meals

Scrambled eggs croissants

easy camping recipes scrambled egg croissant

Whilst you can’t deny the smell of bacon wafting through the campsite in the morning is rather delicious, if you want something different for breakfast then go for these posh scrambled eggs. Breakfast doesn’t get much easier than this camping recipe.

Serves 2

  • 2 croissants, the buttery the better
  • 4 large, free-range eggs
  • A small handful of chives
  • 1 knob of butter
  • Salt and pepper, optional

How to cook it

  1. Turn on your camping stove and melt the butter in a pan
  2. Cut your croissants down the middle lengthways to make space for the eggs
  3. Whisk the eggs together in a bowl and when the butter has melted add them to the pan
  4. Stir the eggs to scramble them and, when cooked put them into the croissants
  5. Top with some snipped chives

Vegetable miso ramen

easy camping recipes vegetable ramen

This sounds a little ambitious to attempt when you’re camping, but ramen is usually made in one pot anyway, so what difference does it make?! This easy ramen camping recipe involves minimal fuss.

Prepare the vegetables before you leave and chuck them in your cool box for less prep whilst you’re away

Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1-inch ginger
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lime
  • 3 tbsp miso paste
  • Water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • ½ red pepper
  • Small tin of sweetcorn
  • 2 spring onions, sliced lengthways
  • 2 servings noodle

Additional toppings: hard-boiled eggs, seaweed, beansprouts, chilli

How to cook it

  1. Heat the oil in your pan and add the onion and ginger to the pan
  2. Fry for a couple of minutes until the onion is soft
  3. Add the miso paste and fry for a minute or two further
  4. Add 1-litre water and the stock cube and bring to the boil
  5. Once boiling reduce the heat and simmer for
  6. When the soup has reduced add the noodles to the pan and cook according to packet instructions
  7. Add noodles and soup to a bowl and top with red pepper, spring onion and sweet corn

Camp stove pepperoni pizza

easy camping recipes pizza

If you’ve been out hiking all day you’ll be craving something a little greasy and cheesy. That’s where this camp stove pizza comes into play. Who needs Dominos after all?

Serves 4

For the base

  • 225g self-raising flour
    3 tbsp olive oil

For the topping

  • Tomato paste (thin it with water to create your base)
    Pepperoni
    50g cheddar cheese

How to cook it

  1. Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre, add the love oil and 6-7tbsp of warm water until you have a soft dough
  2. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to fit your frying pan. (You might make a few small ones rather than one big one)
  3. Heat some oil in the pan, then press the dough into the pan and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until the base is golden
  4. Cover the base in your tomatoes sauce, add pepperoni and other topping gs then sprinkle with cheese and cook under the grill of your stove until toppings are heated through and cheese has melted.

Chicken fajitas

mexican chicken fajitas in iron skillet with peppers

There aren’t many recipes that are as easy, quick and satisfying as chicken fajitas. Just whack it all in a pan and above into a wrap.

Serves 2

  • 1 sachet fajita mix
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Red pepper, sliced
  • 1tbsp oil

Additional toppings for fancy fajitas

  • Sour cream
    Salsa
    Guacamole
    Cheese

How to cook it

  1. Heat the oil in a pan
  2. Add everything to the pan and cook until chicken is cooked through and peppers softened
  3. Place chicken and veg in a wrap and top with guacamole, sour cream, cheese and salsa if wished

Vegetable & halloumi kebabs

easy camping recipes vegetable and halloumi skewer

If you’re craving some vegetables whilst out camping then grab yourself some skewers and create these tasty halloumi and vegetable kebabs.

These can be cooked under the grill of your stove or on a BBQ, it’s up to you.

And for real carnivores, you can, of course, add some chicken or other meat to the kebabs so you don’t feel like you’re missing out!

Serves 2

  • 1 red/yellow pepper
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Halloumi
  • 1 small courgette
  • Olive oil

How to cook it

  1. Chop all vegetables and halloumi into chunks and thread onto skewers
  2. Brush vegetables with some olive oil and lightly season
  3. Cook on BBQ or under a grill until vegetables are soft and halloumi is warmed through
  4. Eat as is or with a side of couscous.

Tiffany

Monday 21st of June 2021

These all sound very delicious. I was thinking about fajitas for my trip anyways but the kebobs are such a great idea. Thank you for sharing- time for me to get cooking!

Camping packing list for a weekend in the Lake District | That Adventurer

Friday 29th of July 2016

[…] Plus, it’s the Lake District and there will be shops to stop off at on the way! Besides these easy camping recipes, I’m probably going to give some new ones a […]

Vivian

Sunday 10th of July 2016

Those recipes for camp food look amazing! I'm totally sick of the typical instant ramen or porridge for camps, these are great ideas! You should make a post that feature those smaller type of stoves, like a jetboil or something since that's much more lightweight and smaller for backpackers and campers :]

Hannah Kacary

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

Hey Vivian,

That's totally on my list for the next post! I'm going hiking in the Lake district this weekend and hoping to cook up some good meals there on a tiny stove!