Meals To Cook On A Boat – 5 Best Recipes & Tips

You may be mistaken if you think that cooking in a galley is the same as cooking in a regular kitchen. A galley is what they call a kitchen on boats just in case you didn’t know or are very new to boat life and terminology!

Whilst some yachts are enormous and will have a kitchen to rival some commercial kitchens generally speaking you can expect to have a small oven or grill and maybe one or two hobs. So let’s have a look at what meals to cook on a boat with these kitchen utensils

Puffed Sandwich

Sandwich with shrimps

What indeed is a puffed sandwich you may ask?

The main ingredients of bread and eggs may give you a clue, but the fillings are open to a little variation depending on what takes your fancy from the local seafood market, your latest catch or perhaps what leftovers you have in the stores or cooler.

A puffed sandwich is not an omelet between a couple of slices of bread, it is, in fact, a little bit fancier than that!

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1 egg (separate yolk and white)
1 tbsp mayonnaise
2 slices bread (white or wholemeal)
2 slices cheese (your favorite)
1 cup of cooked salad shrimp

To make:

  • Firstly beat egg yolk, then stir in mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper.
  • Beat egg white until it gets stiff, then gently fold yolk and white together – keep as much air in as possible.
  • Toast the bread but only on one side then add a single slice of cheese to the un-toasted side.
  • Broil/grill to start melting the cheese, then top cheese side with the shrimp.
  • Place egg mixture all over the shrimp and then bake at 350oF for approximately 10 minutes until the egg sets and golden in color.


  • try shaved ham or tinned tuna in place of shrimp
  • serve with green vegetables or a salad

Seafood Paella Recipe

Paella seafood on a plate

Anyone who has ever been to Spain or a Spanish influenced country should have experienced a seafood Paella.

A classic dish that you can easily make on your boat and again vary the ingredients to suit your tastes and supplies or fresh catch.

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750 ml water
250g squid (make sure it’s been cleaned and cut into rings)
250g white fish (firm works best when cut into cubes)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 pepper (red or green), finely chopped
250 g of rice
1 tsp saffron (6-8 saffron threads)
salt & pepper
1/2 small can of tomato puree or paste (or 2 freshly chopped tomatoes)
100g clams or small cockles
100 g mussels
100g raw shrimp, deveined and peeled with tails on
1 small can of green peas

To make:

  • Bring water to the boil in a large saucepan and cook squid and fish for 1-2 minutes, then gently remove seafood and carefully place in a bowl but keep the water simmering
  • In a large frying pan (or wok) heat the oil and then fry the garlic, onion, and green pepper for approximately 2 minutes until softened, then add the rice, stir gently together then add saffron, and salt & pepper to taste
  • Stir
  • Add the fish, squid, tomatoes and water (fish stock)
  • Stir
  • Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Stir occasionally
  • Just before the rice is ready, add the remaining seafood (clams, shrimp, and mussels) and peas by arranging them artfully on top of the rice
  • Finally, cover and steam for a further 3-5 minutes or until seafood are cooked.


  • serve straight out of the large pan or wok.
  • for authentic Spanish feel leave the shrimp whole – eyes & all!

Two Beer Can Chicken Recipe

chicken on a plate

Why does the recipe call for two beer cans? Read on to find out that beer is not just used for drinking!

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4 chicken breasts (or substitute 9 chicken thighs – boneless)
2 small onions (one large onion)
A Chilli Sauce (Heinz is good)
2 Cans of Beer
Salt and Pepper

To make:

  • Brown the chicken in a skillet or pan and season with salt and pepper and then add the onions to pan (dice or slice you choose)
  • Halfway through cooking the chicken add the chili sauce and beer (just one can, the other one really is for drinking either now or with the meal!)
  • Simmer on a low to medium heat until liquid thickens and chicken is cooked.


  • Serve with your favorite vegetables, rice or pasta
  • Substitute diced pork or beef for the chicken


Quick Guacamole

Avocado with lemon on a plate

Avocados! You either love them or hate them? Generally, people on traditional low-fat diets avoid them because of their high fat content.

Whilst those on low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) or ketogenic diets can’t get enough of them!

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2 ripe avocados
2-3 tbsp salsa
1-2 tbsp lemon juice (or lime)

To make:

  • Peel, pit, and mash the avocados
  • Mix all ingredients (change salsa and lemon/lime juice amounts to taste)
  • Can be chilled in fridge before serving


  • If not serving the guacamole straight away – put one of the pits in the bowl to prevent darkening
  • Serve with nachos, celery, carrot or bell pepper sticks

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies?

Chocolate ship cookies on a plate

Do you prefer then with gooey chocolate oozing out of them whilst they are warm fresh from the oven or are you a cookie dough eater?

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1 cup shortening (e.g. Crisco)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs (large)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 – 1 tsp salt
1 packet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts if you wish.

To make:

  • Beat the shortening and sugars until well mixed together and creamy looking
  • Beat in the eggs, then the vanilla
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together before adding to the mixture
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and the walnuts (if using)
  • Roll into 1″ balls
  • Bake at 375oF for 10 – 12 minutes, remove from oven and cool on a rack


  • Some people have nut allergies – the walnuts are optional
  • Makes approx 65 cookies that will keep well in a tin
  • If dough is sticky place in fridge until it is easier to work with

5 tips for doing cooking on a boat easier

1. Look for recipes that involve one pot – easier on small one or two ring stoves
2. Choose recipes that don’t require long cooking times to save gas
3. Prepare recipes to take with you and store for easy and quick reheating
4. Staples for bulking out meals like rice and pasta need to be kept dry for storage
5. Catch all your seafood = free dinner!


Rustle up one or more of these recipes for your next family boat vacation and be a winner with your guests or family. Take one along to a pot luck dinner and you will be sure to be invited back! Just make sure you buy a few extra beers and save some cookie dough for the oven!

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Do you have more meals to add on the list? If so, feel free to share them in the comment below, I’ll be glad to know about it!

6 thoughts on “Meals To Cook On A Boat – 5 Best Recipes & Tips”

  1. I am not sure I would ever have the chance to cook on a boat, but I loved your recipes.
    I think I would try them at home to treat my little ones.
    I’ve never heard about a Puffed Sandwich before, but it sounds delicious. I would tell you how my kids liked it.
    I like that you offered recipes not only for the main meal, but thought about dessert as well and chocolate chip cookies are everyone’s favourite.
    Yummy recipes. Thank you.

    • Hi Ellie,

      There is no need to be on a boat to cook these dishes, you can prepare them at home as well. These recipes are just easier to make while sailing. The Puffed sandwich is a must to taste, it is absolutely delicious and very easy to do!

      Desserts are a part of my life, I need to have something sweet after each lunch. It is a tradition for me:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

  2. I really like the concept of your website. You seem to of been to some amazing places around the world.
    There aren’t many places on the internet where you can find this much information and your food recipes are just an awesome.
    If I ever decide to have a sailing holiday then I’ll be sure to check your site for some tasty recipes

    • Hi Ryan,

      I am glad you like my website, it’s always a pleasure to hear compliments, thank you, I really appreciate!

      Yes, I’ve had and still have the chance to travel to some beautiful destinations:)

      The internet is full of recipes and actually travel websites have started recently to add blog recipes for many reasons. Also, people find it very useful and enjoy it very much!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a fantastic day!

  3. Hi Daniella, I really love your website. I like to cook and I’m sure going to try some of your recipes. The drink recipes are also good and I’m sure very delicious. I don’t have a boat but I’m going to try some of them anyway. I also love the visuals. Great job, I hope to see more of your posts in the future. All the best

    • Hi there,

      Thank you for the compliment, I really appreciate!

      No need to be on a boat to cook these recipes, you can prepare them at home as well. They are simple, easy and quick recipes to apply!

      I hope you’ll enjoy all of them and tell me how it goes:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!


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