10 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes


Your backpacking checklist is incomplete without food! You will need something filling to fuel your energy when you are outdoors. While the most convenient is to eat canned or pre-packaged meals, why not go, gourmet, even when you are outdoors? There’s no need to be an experienced chef! Although, for backpacking gourmet recipes, you will need to exert more time and effort in the preparation of your food.

Are you looking for the best gourmet backpacking recipes? Read on and we’ll let you know some of the best meals you can prepare. You can go fancy even when you are outdoors! Buy a backpacking stove and you’ll be surprised with the endless possibilities for gourmet meals you can prepare when backpacking.

1. Frittata

Frittata is a classic egg-based Italian dish. It is traditionally cooked in an oven, but when outdoors, you can improvise and use a backpacking stove instead. It is not to be confused with an omelet. What makes it different is that a frittata comes with milk or cream. Vegetable oil, spinach, ham, and seasonings are other ingredients you will need aside from the eggs. Start by layering the pan with boiled potatoes and ham before you put the eggs. Add the spinach and top it with cheese, milk, or cream. On average, this recipe takes 20 minutes to complete.

2. Pad Thai

This classic Thai food is not the first thing that you will think of when it comes to gourmet backpacking recipes. While there are ready-made sauces, it is best to go for fresh ingredients. Vegetable oil, rice noodles, eggs, shallot, garlic, red pepper, tamarind paste, brown sugar, fish sauce, peanuts, and lime wedges are the ingredients you will need. Start by cooking the noodles in boiling water. In a pan, cook the sauce by sautéing oil with garlic and shallots. Add tamarind sauce, fish sauce, crushed red pepper, and brown sugar. Toss the rice noodles in the pan until coated with sauce. Cook the egg and add it to the noodles.

3. Jambalaya

If you are looking for one-pot camping meals that can also be good for backpacking, it is hard to go wrong with jambalaya. To do this, you will need vegetable oil, white rice, tomato paste, hot sauce, sausages, garlic, onion, pepper, oregano, thyme, chicken bouillon, and scallions. In a pan, sauté in oil, red pepper, garlic, and onion. Add all the ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid the rice from burning.

4. 3-Mushroom Risotto

If you are looking for vegetarian backpacking meals, this is one of the best to consider. This recipe requires three kinds of mushrooms – porcini, portobello, and cremini. In a pot, mix mushrooms and rice. Add a cup of water, stir, and cook for ten minutes. Cook in medium heat, boil and add your choice of seasonings. Occasionally stir and wait until it is dry.

5. Panang Curry


The creamy and complex flavor of Panang Curry makes it another great option for a gourmet backpacking meal. You can prepare it within just ten minutes. Start by cooking the rice. In a skillet, heat half a cup of coconut milk. Add curry paste until it dissolves. Mix fish sauce, brown sugar, and broth. Toss kaffir leaves. Let it simmer. Add vegetables or meat and wait until they are tender. Serve and enjoy while hot!

6. Roast Beef Pizza Sandwich

Mix spinach,  tomatoes, pepper, and red onion with vinaigrette. Stir slowly until they are fully coated. In a separate bowl, mix horseradish sauce, cream cheese, mayonnaise, and chives, among others that you want for your sandwich. Spread on crust and add other toppings that you prefer. Don’t forget the star of the meal – roast beef, which you can prepare ahead before you leave home.

7. Curried Ramen Bowl

If you prefer noodles over rice in your curry, this is one of the best backpacking gourmet recipes. You will need one block of ramen noodles, yellow curry paste, and coconut milk powder. In a pot, add coconut milk and water. Mix and heat. Wait for it to boil before you add the ramen noodles. Stir the curry paste. To make it more gourmet, add fancy toppings that you prefer depending on the flavor that you like.

8. Mushroom Stroganoff

For the best backpacking food ideas, mushroom stroganoff is worth considering. It is also a great option if you are a vegetarian. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta. In a pan, drizzle oil and toss your choice of mushrooms. Add vegetable stock, and finally, toss the noodles. Mix until the noodles are covered by the sauce.

9. Smoked Salmon and Potato Pancakes

This makes a great choice if you are looking for gluten-free backpacking food. Start by grating the potatoes. This will help to cook the meal quicker. After grating, drain the fluid from the potatoes. In a separate bowl, beat two eggs. Add salt, onion, and pepper. Toss the potatoes and add some oats. This will help improve the texture of your pancake. In a frying pan, add a bit of oil and wait until it is hot. Add a mix to the pan and cook as you would with a normal pancake. Wait until it is golden brown and enjoy while hot. Top it with your favorite syrup.

10. Raspberry Almond Cacao Oatmeal

This is a great option for no-cook backpacking meals. It is a great choice for a power breakfast or snack. It provides healthy energy that will fuel you for hiking. While oatmeal is the base, all that you need to make it gourmet is to add cacao nibs, almonds, and raspberry. These toppings will give you the energy to get you going!

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Even when you are backpacking, there’s no need to settle for low-quality meals! Take note of the gourmet backpacking recipes above and enjoy fancy food that you can prepare even without the luxury of a fully-equipped kitchen! Stay away from prepared backpacking freeze-dried meals and go, gourmet!

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