Campfire cooking – easy camping food

At our Sussex glamping and camping sites we encourage campfires and, of course, one of the great joys of campfires is campfire cooking and eating alfresco. Grilling or barbecuing meat, fish or veg directly over the flames provides a great meal but there are plenty of other ways to cook on your campfire and some of the simplest recipes are the best, whether they are one-pot meals or foil-wrapped packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Click here to find Vegetarian Campfire recipes, snacks and light lunches and even campfire desserts!

Jacket potatoes cooking on the campfire - one of the easiest campfire dinners

Jacket potatoes cooking on the campfire – one of the easiest campfire dinners

Jacket potatoes

A campfire cooking classic that doesn’t need much explanation. Cook it right and the humble spud can’t taste better: crisp skinned and fluffy on the inside. Just pierce the skin of your potato all over before wrapping it in strong foil twice, then set it in the embers of your fire and turn a few times during its hour cooking time. Top with cheese, beans and a few grinds of black pepper for a hearty dinner. Our tip is to grate the cheese at home and bring in a Tupperware box so there’s even less to do on site!


Many of our campers make pasta with pesto on their first night camping. It’s quick, easy and warming – especially good if you are arriving late after a day at work. But how about making your pasta a bit more exciting? A great dish for those who like strong flavours is to mix freshly cooked pasta with anchovies, black olives, fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and capers. None of the ingredients require refrigeration and can easily be mixed ahead of leaving home to simply stir in on arrival. A squeeze of lemon and some fresh basil give this dish a lift.

Cooking on the campfire at Wild Boar Wood


Another campfire cooking classic, a homemade chilli-con-carne is a great campfire dinner as it all gets cooked in one pot and can be as simple or as involved as you like. In its most basic form just fry chopped onions and garlic, add minced beef until it’s browned and stir in tomatoes, kidney beans and dried or chopped fresh red chilli then sit back and relax while it simmers over your fire. For a veggie version, we like throwing in more beans and some mushrooms.

Fish parcels

Place a fish fillet on a piece of foil brushed with oil. Smear a thick layer of pesto on top of the fish and a squeeze of lemon, tomatoes, and black olives around the edge of the fish. Make a loose parcel around the fish. Place on a grill over the fire and let it steam for about 30 minutes. Check the fish is thoroughly cooked (the flesh will be opaque) before eating.


A great meal at any time on the campsite but a real winner for your last supper, lunch or even breakfast as you can add any leftovers to the basic recipe of onions and eggs. Potatoes, peppers, olives, tomatoes, bacon, ham and cheese are all delicious in this sturdy omelette – but almost anything will suffice. Fry the onions in a frying pan with a lid first and then add beaten eggs and any other ingredients you fancy in to the mix. Once the base is cooked put the lid on to make sure the frittata is cooked all the way through. Serve with salad, green vegetables or baked beans.

Cheesy potatoes go down well with some of our younger campers

Cheesy potatoes go down well with some of our younger campers

Cheesy potatoes

Another foil packet recipe. For this potato dish you’ll need new potatoes cut in half and a tin of chicken soup. Put eight to ten potato pieces on a piece of foil. Dollop around three or four tablespoons of chicken soup on the top and sprinkle on a small handful of cheese. Close the foil parcels up loosely and place on the edge of a fire or on the grill above one. After about 45 minutes, open the parcels and add a bit more cheese. Close them up again and cook for another ten minutes. Gooey cheesy goodness!

Bananas and chocolate

A campfire banana split! We’re not sure this can be called campfire cooking as there’s not much cooking involved but it’s certainly worth a try! Cut a banana (still in its skin) lengthways, down the middle, on the inside of the curve. Break up a few pieces of milk chocolate and insert inside the split, then wrap your banana loosely in foil. Put the banana package on a grill over a fire and let it cook for at least half an hour until the banana is completely soft and the chocolate melted. Serve straight from the foil and eat using a spoon to scoop out the banana flesh. Delicious!

Campfire peaches

Using the same principle as above, these hot fruits are a lighter (and possibly even sweeter) dessert. Use a sharp knife and a teaspoon to scoop the stone out of a peach being careful not to break through the bottom of the peach. This will create a kind of cup. Spoon some brown sugar into the hole and wrap the peach in foil. Cook for at least half an hour until the peach flesh is collapsing and the sugar has turned to liquid. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche.

Campfire cooking

Our pitches at Wild Boar Wood and Beech Estate Campsites each have a fire pit for campfire cooking and we hire grills on site. Bell tents also have barbecue utensils and a wok or frying pan and saucepans or billy cans and are given a firewood allocation. You can order more wood or buy it on site from our wardens and also hire cast iron cooking pots called Dutch ovens.

Take a look at our top recipes for Dutch ovens for more inspiration


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