Trangia Stove Recipes and Meals

Trangia Recipes - washing up
washing up (someone has to do it)

Trangia Recipes using the most basic ingredients, minimal fuel and never wasting water.

My aim here is to compile a list of recipes that are;

1) quick and easy to cook
2) use common ingredients
3) use transportable ingredients
4) don’t consume much fuel
5) don’t waste any water
6) taste good
7) are nutritional
8) full of energy

That’s a lot to conform to but hopefully these meals will still be just as appealing as any ‘normal’ food but with all the added benefits that make them suitable for cooking on the trails. Some of these recipes require a grater (or near substitute) that will allow the cooking of potatoes and other root veg to make super cheap Hash or Gnocchi type meals – it’s a great way to open up your cooking to common, cheap, transportable and nutritious ingredients; hard, starchy and fibrous root veg type foods. Cooking them without grating them first would take too much time and more importantly, valuable fuel and water.

Each one of these Trangia recipes is pretty much just the essence of a meal, they should provide a very basic dish that can be added to with whatever you happen to be carrying at the time, not too fussy, not too complicated, but don’t let their simplicity fool you – these are tasty dishes.


1) heat porridge and water in pan
2) add milk powder and nuts, raisins, honey, etc.
3) add an extra splash of oats toward the end for texture and bite

Pasta/Noodle Soups

1) boil pasta
2) add dried soup mix
3) add tomatoes, sliced ham/cured meats/cheese, etc.

Update: I’ve recently discovered tinned herring fillets. They’re much cheaper, and in my opinion tastier, than tuna, for example, and cost around 1 euro per tin. They also come with a selection of delicious sauces. Look out for the red pepper one. Sardines are also good.

Coconut Rice

preparation: soak rice to speed cooking time
1) fry garlic, onion, veg, etc.
2) add the rice and water
3) once rice is cooked add herbs and coconut concentrate to thicken

Trangia Recipes - cooking on a trangia
the chef at work (Sven)
Spicy Dhal

preparation: soak lentils to speed cooking time
1) fry garlic, onion, veg, etc.
2) add the lentils and water
3) once lentils are soft add curry paste or spices

Cheesy Beans

1) heat baked beans
2) add cheese, ground pepper or spice
3) eat from a hollowed baguette

Eggy Bread

1) whisk egg and ground pepper into flat dish
2) soak bread in egg mix
3) fry eggy bread in a little oil

Flat Breads

1) mix flour, water, salt, oil/fat
2) Optional: add coconut concentrate, spices or herbs
3) fry in a dry pan

Vegetable Hash

1) grate potatoes carrots onions and other root veg
2) stir in salt, pepper, spices, etc.
3) heat plenty of oil and add hash mix
4) press into 1cm patties, flip until golden

Optional: add egg at stage 2 to make a Hashlet

Simple Omelet

1) whisk egg
2) cook with a drop of oil
3) add pepper, spices or sweet sauce to flavour

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16 thoughts on “Trangia Stove Recipes and Meals”

  1. Or crack your eggs into an empty water bottle? I’m not sure how long they’ll last but it works for a short trip.

  2. If you simmer the raw Italian sausages at home for 20 minutes in 2cm of water, they’ll keep better for your trip, cooked. At the end of the hiking day, you can cut them up into small slices and brown them to finish.

  3. I’ve used those plastic egg carriers for decades, on river rafting trips, sea kayak trips, backpacking, and bike tours. They’re worth their weight in gold, but, about weight: cut the handles off. they just get in the way, and weigh.

  4. In a group, a number of eggs can be packed in a wide mouthed Nalgene bottle and buffered by filling with water.

    1. Thanks Jenny, that’s a terrific idea. I will definitely be trying this out when I next cycle-tour, which happens to be the 20th of this month and, if successful, I may take some pictures and add them to this post.

    2. I used to do the same thing except used cotton balls, instead of water, to buffer the eggs. Later the cotton balls can be dabbed with a little chap stick to use as a fire starter. Both work great and no extra weight from the water.

  5. For the egg problem, I once came across this: Egg Protector – I’ve no idea how useful it is. I guess because of the design of shells, as long as the pressure if provided equally then then shouldn’t crack.

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