Make-Ahead + No-Cook
Sometimes the best bet for camp cooking is not cooking at all. No campfire, no propane, no pan with burned-on eggs. Just the sights and sounds of the great outdoors and the flavors of a delicious meal. Whether you’re up against a fire ban, don’t have a cooking setup in your camp, or are just looking to keep it simple, here are a few of our favorite make-ahead and no-cook camping meals for every time of the day.
To Make There or Make Ahead?
We’ve broken these meals down into two types: make-there or make-ahead meals.
Make-there meals: Give you fresh flavors and even a bit of fun at the campsite. They still involve planning, though—you’ll be packing ingredients and some prep gear.
Make-ahead meals: This approach offers loads of convenience, but it’s no silver bullet. Most premade camping meals lack the staying power to endure hours (or days) of travel.
Then there’s the hybrid make-ahead + make-there option, which sometimes offers the best of both worlds. Prepare elements like dressings or sauces ahead of time, then make the rest of the meal in camp.
No-Cook Camp Breakfast Recipes
Make-Ahead + Make There
An all-time favorite Provisions recipe that takes just a few minutes to put together at home. With a container of this rich salmon spread, tangy with lemon and green onions, you’re set to make swanky breakfast bagels, sandwiches (layer in sliced cucumber and red pepper) and cracker snacks. Stash in the cooler and it’ll last for at least 2 days if it stays cold.
No-Cook Camp Lunch Recipes
Make-Ahead + Make-There
Who would have expected a po’ boy sandwich to turn up at a no-cook campout? This one involves crispy fried onions, a baguette and smoky tinned mussels for a delicious no-cook version of the fried-seafood sandwich from Louisiana. Make the remoulade ahead of time and assemble the sandwich in camp to keep the crunch.
This salad hits your tastebuds with a wave of umami flavor, thanks to an inventive dressing developed by Japanese pro surfer Hiro Ohno. The recipe uses both our Organic Tsampa Soup Mix and our Organic Green Lentil Soup Mix—but without turning either into soup. It’s just nutty, crunchy savory goodness, blended in with sweet carrots and fresh kale.
No-Cook Camp Dinner Recipes
This substantial restaurant-grade dip makes a great side to whatever else you’re serving and is guaranteed to wow your fellow campers. Modify the recipe with canned crab (or smoked salmon!) for the campsite—and pack the cilantro in a cooler to keep it fresh.
Make-Ahead + Make-There
When it’s too hot to cook in camp, try some cold, refreshing soba noodles, a summertime classic in Japan. At home, boil the noodles and make the fresh, gingery dipping sauce. In camp, bring it all together with smoked sockeye salmon, crunchy snap peas and a sprinkle of sesame seeds and red chile.