Life aboard a sailing boat, regardless of all the novelty and excitement, is fairly uncomplicated.
In many ways, it is a return to a simpler lifestyle as there simply isn’t a lot of things to do apart from relaxing and enjoying the open sea and the sun.
One of the most reliable ways to keep things interesting aboard long passages on your sailing trip is through some imaginative meals.
Since the choices of ingredients are limited aboard a sailing boat, I have learned the importance of mastering different styles of cuisine and recipes.
Being able to rustle up delicious meals on the sailing boat also goes a long way in fighting off the sense of monotony that sets in occasionally.
In this article, therefore, my goal is to give you ideas about boat cooking recipes to further enhance your sailing experience.
Omelette in a bag is a wonderful breakfast idea when you have 6 or more people to cook for. The beauty of this recipe is that you can involve all of them in preparing it in a fun way.
For this recipe, you would require one zip-lock bag for each person.
You can ask them to write down their name on the bag with a permanent marker and break two eggs into it.
You can then ask them to mix their favorite add-ins which could be all or any of the following:
1) grated cheese
2) ham, chopped bacon, or sliced sausages
3) sliced or diced vegetables such as onions, peppers, green onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, boiled potatoes etc
4) condiments and sauces
Once they have properly beaten the eggs and mixed in their add-ins of choice, you can ask them to seal the bags properly.
The next step is to simply add these bags to boiling water in a saucepan and leave it for no more than 13-14 minutes.
Once done, you can fetch these bags with the help of a tong and have the omelette rolled out directly on the plate.
This hearty breakfast can be enjoyed with homemade bread and coffee, marking the perfect start for your sailing day.
When it comes to rustling up snacks on board a sailing boat, it is important that you go for something that is not only tasty but also nutritious and provides energy.
Bearing these attributes in mind, you cannot go wrong with granola bars.
And as you would soon discover, baking them on board your boat isn’t much of a hassle either.
Firstly, the ingredients you would require for this delicious granola bar.
1) 4 cups of raw oatmeal;
2) 1 cup of mixed sliced nuts such as walnuts, pecans, almonds etc
3) One-fourth cup of sunflower seeds
4) Half a cup of desiccated coconut
5) Vegetable oil of your choice
6) One cup of dried fruits
7) Half a teaspoon of salt
8) Half a cup of honey or maple syrup
Before you begin with the ingredients, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Subsequently, leave the dry fruits out and mix all the ingredients, and roll it out on a baking sheet.
Bake it for 30 minutes, and generously cover it with dried fruits afterwards. Let it cool. Remember to store it in an airtight container.
When it comes to preparing a lunch, there’s a lot you can accomplish using the limited number of items on your boat.
Using canned meats is a great way to make a variety of dishes including jambalaya, ham loaves, paella, pasta, tuna casserole, sandwiches, meat pies, clam chowder, and chili.
However, for those who miss a big celebratory meal aboard a boat, preparing a roast chicken is a simple but great idea.
For this recipe, you would require minimal ingredients.
1) A big whole chicken.
2) 4 big tablespoons of Butter
3) Seasonings such as salt, pepper, dried thyme and sage
4) Vegetables such as celery sticks, onions, and a lemon wedge if you prefer
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while you prepare the chicken. Preparing the chicken is simple and easy, as you simply have to clean it with water a few times, including the cavity.
Pat the chicken dry with a piece of clean cloth or napkins. Generously coat the bird with butter. You can also smear the butter inside the cavity, and, if you are still left with some, leave it inside.
You can stuff the cavity with celery sticks and onion wedges. Sprinkle just a tiny bit of salt and pepper on the veggies before sticking them in.
You can now put the bird on the rack, breast side up. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning over the bird, including the sage and thyme. typically, you should keep the bird in the oven for 20 minutes per pound.
Once your chicken is done, remember to cover it with a foil and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
Casserole dishes are perfect for dinner aboard a boat, especially if you can prepare one with a variety of flavorful ingredients.
It can be nutritious, filling, and above all, lip smacking delicious.
A meat casserole, prepared Mexican style, would be a great addition to your list of dinner time recipes.
For this casserole, you have the liberty to choose between a variety of ingredients, based on whatever is available to you.
1) Canned meat such as chicken, turkey, ham – one full can (approximately 360 grams)
2) 2 cups of parboiled rice
3) 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
4) grated cheese, 100 grams
5) Sour cream, 6 tablespoons
6) Sliced vegetables mixed together such as tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. Use salsa if tomatoes aren’t available.
7) Vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the meantime, saute the mushroom lightly in vegetable oil. Now turn the heat off, and add everything to this pan except the canned meat. Stir in. In the next step, drain all the liquid from the canned meat, and add it gently to the mixture. Grease up the baking dish and put the mixture in. Bake for 30 minutes.
Desserts are truly prized aboard sailing trips. And you cannot go wrong with a simple chocolate cake recipe.
For this, you need the following ingredients.
1) 1 cup flour
2) Baking powder, 2 teaspoon
3) Salt, quarter of a teaspoon
4) Cocoa, one and a half tablespoons
5) Sugar, 3 quarter of a cup
6) Milk, half a cup
7) Melted butter, 2 tablespoons
8) Nuts, half a cup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and add all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Pour it into a baking pan and let it rest. In the meantime, prepare the topping with following ingredients.
1) Brown sugar, half a cup
2) Sugar, half a cup
3) Cocoa, 5 tablespoons
4) Boiling water, one cup
Mix these ingredients together and then gently spoon it over the mix in the baking pan. next step is to simply bake it for 35 minutes and then let it cool.
1) Do not restrict yourself to the cuisine you normally eat. With a few tweaks and extra condiments, you can prepare lovely Asian dishes with the same ingredients.
2) Carry an e-book of boat-friendly recipes
3) When using canned meat, remember to add them as late as possible to the cooking process.
4) If you are preparing casserole dishes, then remember not to use canned meats if they have a long cooking time.
As mentioned above, your access to ingredients is limited aboard a boat. Therefore, it is important that you use imagination, and a little preparation, to make sure your sailing trip does not become monotonous in terms of food. The above recipes should hopefully add a touch of colour and flavour to your trip.
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Daniella has been passionate about travel, the sea, and nature for many years. As a child, she frequently traveled throughout the Mediterranean and continued with her journeys throughout her adult life.
Her experiences have created the desire within her to share her love for traveling with other passionate and adventurers who want to discover beautiful horizons and new cultures.
8 thoughts on “Boat Cooking Recipes – Easy Cooking Ideas”
very nice recipe. i will make the one with the whole chicken. Is ok even i am not sailing? Is working? :0 haha just joking:)
Very nice and interesting site and i will take some of your ideas:) thanks for sharing:)
i really enjoyed reading your posts and i would love to go on a sea trip…. quiet, relax… nice 🙂
Thank you very much for the comment and I am glad you enjoyed the recipes and some of my posts:)
If you want to go sailing , you can read more of helpful articles in order to plan an unforgettable sailing experience, I am sure you’ll find them very useful!
However, if you need help with anything,please let me know and I’ll be very happy to help:)
Thank you for the comment and wish you a great day!
These ideas are great! While I don’t spend much time on boats they are useful as well for camping. It is important when on the road (or sea) for any length of time to still have good nutrition! Thank you for the ideas and inspiration! I am not much of a cook and appreciate help!
I am happy that you like the recipes, thank you!
I did a lot of camping and I still do, but I am not sure about the cake, you’ll need to bake it before you go on your way for camping unless you take an oven with you or you have it already installed in the caravan.
If you need any help with the cooking or anything else, I’ll be more than happy to help you. You can contact me when ever you want and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for the comment and wish you a fantastic day!
I don’t sail, however I have always wanted to as I love the ocean. But these recipes are great! The omelets in a bag are great when my son has a bunch of friends over for a slumber party. GREAT idea. I also like the dinner casserole and the chocolate cake. I copied the recipes! Wonderful ideas.
Yes, you’re right, these recipes are very easy and quick to prepare and you don’t need to be on a boat to cook them:) It’s very helpful when you are in a hurry or don’t want to work so hard.
I am glad that you liked the recipes, it’s always a pleasure for me to help and give great ideas.
Thank you very much for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!
Snacks are a must on any trip. I just didn’t consider making them from scratch. However, I will have to rethink buying granola bars from the store from now on. It would be nice to have bars with more nuts or berries in them, in other words, customized to me. I just think I would make them before getting on the boat since I assume they package well.
Indeed, snacks are very important on a sailing trip as we spend a lot of energy on a boat and the fresh sea air stimulate the appetite as well! So it ‘s nice to have something to eat within reach! If you can make them before the trip, great! You’ll have more time to enjoy the journey!
Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!