Camping food should be easy and relatively fuss free, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. I just came back from a 5 day camping trip to Manning Park with my sister and little nephew and we ate well, very well.
Local, sustainable harvested prawns with garlic lemon butter probably doesn’t seem like camping fare, but hear me out. The prawns take only about a minute to cook, the butter 5 to make, and if you toast some bread over the campfire and toss some lettuce in some pre-made dressing you can have dinner on the picnic table in about 10 minutes. Plus there’s very little clean up. And where else but a campground is better for a meal eaten mainly with your hands?
This is one of my go-to camping recipes. It’s easy, delicious, and travels well in the cooler. Just make sure to freeze the prawns before you go and use then as soon as they unthaw.
Tips for a delicious camping trip:
- Bring food that you and your family love to eat. There’s no need to eat bad food just cause your camping.
- Food that cooks fast is a real win (think: prawns, burgers, fish, fajitas, tacos)
- Freeze your meat or fish before you go. It will last longer in your cooler and help keep everything else it there chilled too.
- Don’t forget your veggies. With a cutting board and a good knife you can make a big salad, veggie fajitas or loaded veggie tacos in no time.
- Get away from your coleman stove and use the campfire. Corn on the cob, toast, tomatoes and potatoes all taste great with a little smokey flavour.
- Get things a little organized at home. Pre-make burgers and freeze them, whip up a little dressing, throw all the dry ingredients for pancakes in a resealable plastic bag and bring it with you.
- Pack along some tin foil and use it to wrap up your meat and veggies and cook them over the fire.
- Remember that you are camping and have all the time in the world, what else do you have to do beside enjoy delicious food? Take advantage of this time and treat yourself and your family to some wicked camping food.
- Prawns (please use sustainably harvested prawns!)
- Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Garlic, finely minced
- Cilantro, parsley or tarragon
- Crushed chilli (optional)
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, salt, cilantro, parsley or tarragon and optional crushed chilli.
- In a large pan over high heat cook prawns for 1 minute, or until they just turn pink. Be careful not to overcook or they will turn rubbery.
- Serve the prawns in a big bowl in the middle of the table and dip each delicious one in lemon garlic butter!