Camping ‘roast’ potatoes anywhichway

Not many of us have ovens when we go camping, so here’s a way to make teeny weeny ‘roasties’ in a frying pan or camping pot.

Spice and season them in a thousand different ways to accompany just about any camping meal.

potatoes in a pan

How to make roast potatoes for your camping dinner

Wash your potatoes and peel them (if you must!). Cut them into small dice. Boil for around five minutes, but keep an eye on them – you need them to hold their shape. Drain them and leave them to dry off a bit.

Put them back in the dry saucepan (no need to clean it). And now add your choice of flavourings. My favourite is lemon zest, a little stock powder and mixed herbs. Plus you’ll need just enough oil to give them a shiny coat. Mix them up but try not to break or mash them.

Now heat up a little more oil in a frying pan and tip in your potatoes into a single layer. Fry (in batches if you have a lot) till golden and crispy.

Other flavourings to try

  • Turmeric
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lemon thyme
  • Garlic
  • Truffle oil (well, who knows what you’ll find on your travels!)

…you can use just about anything else you have in your travelling pantry (see below), but avoid anything too wet or you’ll end up boiling rather than frying.

Duronic electric hob

More camp cooking tips

If you do have electricity on-site, have a look at the options for electric camping stoves – hobs, microwaves and more. 

Perfect fare for cooking on your gas-powered Cadac, Cobb cooker or Lotus Grill barbecue, which are all great pieces of cooking kit.

Oh, and see what some clever camping cooks can do with pressure cookers, Remoskas and more to bake cakes and bread.


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Don’t forget your camping spice tin

Make yourself a neat camping box of herbs and spices and you’ll never have to rummage in your kitchen bag again.

If you’ve got a weigh-and-save or zero-waste shop near you, you can refill containers like these more cheaply and with less wasted packaging too. We all have our own essentials and favourites, so pick and mix to suit, but here’s what we always have:

Curry powder, Mixed herbs, Chilli powder, Cumin, Coriander, Chinese five spice, Garam masala, Whole spices (cardamom, star anise, cloves), Smoked paprika, Dried lime leaves, Sesame seeds

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