Campfire Recipe “Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Foil Packs” – Who said you can’t cook great gourmet food while camping?
Here is a story: "One of the things that initially put my partner off of camping was having to eat barbecue food that is made up of either seared meat or burger buns and other carbohydrates morning, noon, and night. And let’s be honest there are only so many drive-thrus you can visit and patties you can swallow before the whole camping experience becomes tedious and you really feel to urge to travel back home, sit down and enjoy a nourishing home cooked meal. Even my 10-year-old son, who would usually prefer to starve before letting a vegetable touch his lips guzzling down the carrots and broccoli on his plate, barely stopped to breathe air the last time we came back from a camping trip."
In order to make camping a more exciting and more nutritious time for everyone, I decided to start looking for tasty recipes that could be made on a campfire or a grill. Now I know that you can probably make any recipe on a campfire if you really put your mind to it, but I wanted to find a meal that was not only super scrumptious but also something that would not require too much preparation or involve too many ingredients that are tricky to store when camping. That is where I stumbled across this cilantro-lime shrimp recipe.
This recipe is especially tasty because of the mix of flavors. It involves a combination of the sharp, zestiness of a lime, along with the hot and spiciness of chili flakes, the warming feeling of crushed garlic and cumin, combined with the chewy tasty goodness of well-prepared shrimp. All of these different tastes and textures bundled together make for a fusion of flavors that is only heightened by the authentic smokey taste of cooking on the grill.
Have you got the grill blazing and you are ready to give this recipe a whirl? Then the following is a list of all of the ingredients you will need to make this gourmet campfire dinner.
- 1 pound of medium shrimp (make sure you buy them peeled and deveined as there’s nothing fun about trying to peel and devein shrimp while camping)
- 4 ears of corn (chopped into bite size pieces)
- 1 medium zucchini (chopped into slices about half an inch thick)
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed) or 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
- 2 tsp of ground cumin
- 1 tsp of chili flakes
- 3 tbsp of fresh cilantro (chopped)
- A dash of extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- A dash of black pepper
- The zest of 2 small limes
Making fun but nutritious meals when camping is really important. In order to make this meal easier to prepare when you are knee-deep in the great outdoors, why not buy pre-peeled and deveined shrimp, and chopping your ears of corn and zucchini before you leave the house so that all of the ingredients are ready to be thrown straight onto the grill.
- In a medium sized bowl mix together the shrimp, bite size ears of corn, chopped zucchini, crushed garlic, cumin, chili flakes, fresh cilantro, sea salt, and pepper and drizzle with olive oil, stirring until well combined.
- Tear off sheets of tin foil, drizzle with more olive oil and wet with lime zest, then spoon the shrimp mixture onto the sheets and fold them over to seal. Repeat until all of the shrimp mixture has been sealed with tin foil.
- Heat the grill to medium high and then grill the shrimp until pink, roughly 8 to 12 minutes.
- Serve with a drizzle of lime zest to accompany.
What I love about this meal is that it is so simple. One would never think that shrimp could be eaten while camping, but it is so easy to make, and if you do the preparation at home you won’t even need to bring your chopping board! Another great plus with this recipe is the cooking time.
When the kids are hungry and you have got a full itinerary planned for the afternoon, the last thing you want to do is start waiting for a whole chicken or massive cuts of pork to cook on the grill. After all of the preparation, this recipe will only take a mere 8-12 minutes to cook, meaning that you can have this campfire classic plated up at record speed.
Make a meal of it!
Another reason why my family and I love this meal when camping is that it goes with just about anything. If you are getting ready to make your very first cilantro-lime shrimp foil packs but aren’t too sure what to accompany them with, then try them with some of the following sides:
- Wild rice: What could be better when out in the fresh open air than chowing down on some wild rice, the husk and herb mixture makes the perfect balance with these shrimp foil packs.
- Tagliatelle: If you love a Mediterranean classic then you adore this recipe with some tagliatelle or alongside your favorite pasta.
- New potatoes: Boil some new potatoes skin-on and then crush them with your fork and drizzle them with some extra virgin olive oil to make the perfect accompaniment to your shrimp.
Take it inside!
This recipe is super versatile, not only will the flavors reach their all-time maximum when cooked on a grill or open fire, but this recipe is also great for cooking in the comfort of your kitchen at home. After making this recipe once for the kids while camping it was so lip-smackingly good that only a mere two weeks after our camping trip I was down at the supermarket buying another 500g of shrimp to make the meal again at home.
In order to create this cilantro-lime shrimp foil pack recipe at home, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit then follow steps 1 and 2 mentioned above. Instead of putting your shrimp foil packs onto the grill, slide them into the oven and cook them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (or 180 degrees Celsius in a fan oven) for 6 to 8 minutes or until the shrimp is pink. Then carefully remove the packages from the oven and transfer the contents onto plates and serve with a drizzle of lime.
Make it yours!
Do you like your food a little spicier? Once you have made this cilantro-lime shrimp foil pack recipe once, try adjusting the quantity of spices to make it just as you like it. If you like a little extra kick in your food, try adding an extra teaspoon or two of chili flakes to the recipe or substitute the chili flakes for cayenne pepper for an extra smokey, fiery taste.
If you would like to tone down the spice a little bit then you can try halving the garlic and removing the chili flakes from the ingredients all together. Try adding a couple drops more lime zest to each parcel before grilling to mellow the spicy flavor.
Keep toying with the spice quantities until you have created your very own cilantro-lime shrimp foil pack recipe that your family will love tucking into this camping season!
About the Author
Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me. I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!