Kid-friendly Camping Recipes

by: Jessica Nugent and LiLing Pang

Depending of whether you enjoy cooking or not, cooking on an open fire can be a fun challenge for a cook.   If you’re looking for some no fuss foods to cook, here are some ideas that you can literally throw on the grill on in a pan and have ready without much work


No fuss camping foods

  • Corn on the cob – shuck most of the husk leaving just a few layers then throw right on the grill.
  • Hot dogs on a stick – find a stick, attach a hotdog and have the kids grill their own dinner
  • Tin foil pan full of sliced sausage, potato and onions
  • Baked potato (wrapped in foil) – throw some cheese, broccoli or chilli on top
  • Oatmeal for breakfast is an easy warm breakfast



Easy Gourmet Camping Menu

Using a tin foil pocket is one of my favorite ways to prepare a gourmet meal while camping.  I don’t have to worry as much about the cleaning the grill or getting the fire to burn down to the coals.


Grilled Salmon Tin Foil Pockets

Prepare the pockets at home and throw them into the freezer in a ziplock bag to freeze up ahead of time.  This makes a fantastic first meal because it cooks up quickly.

  • Pat dry your salmon fillets and season with salt and pepper
  • Place on a large piece of non-stick tin foil
  • Pour over a generous amount of oil
  • Place a few slices of lemon and cherry tomatoes on top of the salmon
  • Seal up your tin foil pocket.  Make sure it’s very secure so you can flip it on the grill
  • Grill the salmon for about 20 minutes until fish is cooked through
  • Serve with couscous and a salad


Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chicken salad sandwiches are so easy to have as picnic food because all the condiments are mixed it.  Prepare it at home and pack a loaf of bread.  When you’re ready to serve, just scoop spoonfuls onto a slice of soft bread.

  • Get a cooked rotisserie chicken, remove bones, and skin and shred the chicken
  • Add 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of chopped or julienne apples
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced celery
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix it all together and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to eat it
  • Serve on slices of bread and some fruit or veggies


Grilled Tri-tip

I like cooking tri-tip on a campfire grill because you don’t have to be as precise with your cooking heat and time.

  • Cut your tri-tip into thick slices across the grain
  • Mix together the following marinade:  2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp black pepper, ¼ cup ketchup, 1 tbsp mustard, 1tbsp soy sauce, ¼ cup of olive oil
  • Place the meat and marinade in a large ziplock bag and freeze it
  • Thaw the tri-tip before grilling.  Place a tin foil pan on top of the grill.  The fire should be very hot
  • Drop the slices of tri-tip on the pan (you must hear the sizzle when it touches the tin foil to confirm it's hot enough).  Keep turning it and cook to desired doneness.
  • Serve with grilled veggies marinated and roasted in a tin foil pocket


French Toast

The easiet cooked breakfast is French toast.

  • Slice up a loaf of Challah bread
  • Beat six eggs, add ½ cup of milk, season with cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and vanilla (can pre-mix at home)
  • Heat a pan/griddle, spray with butter
  • Dip the slices of bread into the egg
  • Cook the French toast and serve with maple syrup and fruit salad

Do you have some great easy camping recipes to share? 

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Jessica Nugent (aka fani*fam) is the mom of a a one year old boy and loves outdoor adventures.  They are known for braving the outdoors any season of the year.  LiLing Pang (TravelPangs) is co-founder and contributing author on Trekaroo - - a reviews website dedicated to exploring and traveling with kids.

Travel with kids to: CA | CO | DC | FL | HI | IL | MA | NC | NY | PA | TN | TX | VA | WA

updated: February 02 2011 by LiLing Pang

at 03/04/2012 09:07AM Thirstysol wrote:
Apple Pie:
Crescent rolls (Pillsbury, in the can)
1can pie filling (my favorite is apple)
Unroll the crescent rolls. Separate into groups of 2 (so they make squares). Put 2 spoon-fulls of pie filling in the middle. Fold dough around filling and crimp edges. Place in foil pockets and place on hot coals for about 10 mins, turning once. Remove when dough is golden brown... Tastes just like apple pie!
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