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What would you do if you were ever in a survival situation? Would you know what to do? Would you know how to keep you and your family nourished?

Most of us have roasted s’mores, maybe even cooked a hot dog or two, on a campfire. While this is a fun pastime for many when camping with friends or family, it takes significantly more skill to cook an actual meal on an open flame. This skill, in particular, is very handy during times when our survival is on the line.

In a disaster, one of the first things that go away is electricity and if you have an electric stove top, it won’t be much help. In fact, the only thing you’ll probably be able to use it for is extra shelving. Your Foreman grill, microwave oven, or any other electric devices used to prepare foods will be rendered moot as well. Patio grills, on the other hand, are great in an emergency situation and so are camp stoves – if you are stocked up on fuel.

Aluminum foil is also a great item to have on hand during survival situations. This is because the meals you can cook using this method can be very satisfying and tasty if they are done right. Thankfully, aluminum foil makes cooking relatively easy, simply take your favorite ingredients, wrap them in foil, and place them on your grill to cook for about ten minutes or so. They require no pots, pans, plates, or clean up – all you need is a heat source and a fork. But, it is important to note that you must be careful when handling the hot packets.

Now that you’ve gotten how to cook out of the way, the next thing you must worry about is what to cook. Thankfully there are plenty of campfire cooking recipes that can be used to make delicious and healthy meals for you and your loved ones. And, if you have a sweet tooth, there are savory desserts that can be made as well. Want to know more? Check out these 7 campfire recipes for some inspiration:

** Grilled Fish

What You Will Need:

  • Your favorite type of fish
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon slices
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Aluminum foil

What You Must Do

  • Heat up the grill to medium heat
  • Place the fish on a square piece of aluminum foil
  • Season the fish lightly with salt and pepper
  • Pour the lemon juice over the fish
  • Sprinkle olive oil on the fish
  • Place lemon slices on top of the fish
  • Wrap the fish in the fill and place on the grill.
  • Cook each side for about five minutes

** Ramen Noodles with Chicken or Beef

What You Will Need

  • 1 3 oz package of Ramen soup mix
  • ½ chopped onion
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken or beef
  • Canned peas or other vegetable
  • Powdered cheese
  • Your favorite spices

What To Do

  • Cook the ramen noodles on the stove top as per the instructions on the package but don’t use the flavor packet. If you are using frozen vegetables, cook them with the ramen.
  • Saute the onion on a skillet over medium heat for a full minute.
  • Add the chicken/beef, the peas/vegetables, and the flavor packet to the skillet. Mix well and cook for about five more minutes.
  • Sprinkle the dish with your favorite spices and serve

** Hummus

What You Will Need

  • 24 oz of chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 6 tbsp of tahini
  • 4 pieces of garlic
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of water (optional)

What To Do

  • Mash the chickpeas with a fork until they are nicely pureed
  • Ad the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add the water and mix well.

** Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of Macaroni
  • 1 package of cheese powdered soup
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes

What To Do:

  • Cook the macaroni over the stove top on medium heat
  • When the macaroni is al dente, drain all but half of the water and place the stove top on low heat.
  • Add the tomatoes and the cheese soup. Let simmer for about 7 minutes.
  • Add water is necessary

** Beans and rice

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of white bans
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ¼ sliced onion
  • 2 pieces of crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp of Olive oil

What to Do:

  • Place water in a pan on the stove top, add olive oil, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil and add the rice. Cook until it’s edible.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring the stove top down to a simmer. Keep it on the heat until the rice is thoroughly cooked.

** No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of margarine
  • 3 tbsp of powdered milk
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • ½ cup of your favorite nuts
  • ½ tsp of vanilla
  • ¼ cup of chocolate chips

What To Do

  • Mix water, powdered milk, margarine, and sugar in a pan over the stove top on medium-high heat Bring to a boil
  • Reduce to medium heat and boil for 3 more minutes, stirring constantly
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and add chocolate chips, vanilla, nuts, peanut butter, and oatmeal
  • Use a spoon to portion and drop each spoonful on a flat surface, a pan lid will suffice. Let sit for about ten minutes

** Chicken fajitas

  • 2 cups of freeze dried chicken
  • 2 tsp of chicken soup base
  • ½ cup of tomato flakes, freeze dried or dehydrated work well
  • ½ cup mixed peppers, freeze dried or dehydrated work well
  • 1 tsp of fajita seasoning
  • ¼ cup of salsa
  • ½ cups of cheddar cheese, freeze dried or dehydrated cheese powder work well
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of garlic granules
  • 1 package of flour tortillas

What to Do

  • Rehydrate peppers on the stove top using one cup of water, cook until tender. This will take anywhere from 3-5 minutes
  • In another pan, add 1 cup of water, meat chunks, and the chicken soup base. Cook on low heat until the meat is tender and all the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add 1 cup of water, peppers, salsa, fajita season, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar to the chicken mixture Simmer until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the cheddar cheese.
  • Serve in flour tortillas.

Important Considerations

As you can see, survival meals don’t have to be relegated to fruit bars, beef jerky, and other unappetizing foods. In fact, these meals can be quite delicious, and if you get your family to help you prepare them, it can be quite a bonding experience. Plus, if you do your research, there are plenty of other survival meals to be found on the internet, which will provide you with plenty of new and exciting foods to cook on the grill or stove top.

It is important to note that all of the above recipes can be changed dependent on the types of food (freeze-dried, fresh, canned) that you have on hand. In fact, when in a pinch it’s highly unlikely you will have all of the ingredients for a specific recipe on hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment, doing so may reveal more about your personal tastes than you’ve ever imagined. Overall, it’s not about the specific recipes but rather using creativity to figure out which ingredients can be used as effective substitutes for those that you don’t have or that will combine well with the ones you do. Plus, this type of experimentation is inexpensive, nutritious and delicious.

In Conclusion

In a survival situation, it is important to be prepared, especially when it comes to your meals. You must figure out how to prepare your meal, what you can eat, and how it can be more appealing than it would normally be. In this way, you and your loved ones can gain some much-needed nourishment to keep hunger at bay until help arrives.

7 Recipes for Campfire Cooking

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