Campfire Foil Onions

Looking into a piece of foil with a cooked campfire onion.

Onions are not often thought of as an eating vegetable. However, when cooked in foil in campfire coals they become soft and sweet and make a great side.

Cooking in the coals takes a little practice but is surprisingly effective. The biggest learning curve is understanding how to prepare the coals, which need hardwood to be created. The onion will cook slowly and evenly, and won’t burn on the outside as some think may happen.

The herb rub and butter offer the main flavoring to this side dish. Feel free to vary the type and quantity of seasoning used. Try a bit of bacon fat instead of butter, or barbecue rub instead of herb seasoning.  

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A raw onion with a pat of butter and herb seasoning sits on a piece of foil.
After preparing the onion, place a pat of butter on top and sprinkle with the herb seasoning.
A cooked campfire foil onion sits in a crumpled piece of foil.
The onion cooks low and slow in the coals, resulting in a tender and sweet vegetable side dish.
Looking across a raw onion with a pat of butter and herb seasoning, resting on a piece of foil.
Carefully wrap the onion in foil so that the steam doesn’t escape while it is cooking in the coals.
Looking into a piece of foil with a cooked campfire onion.
Depending on how hungry you are, the onions can serve one to two people.

Campfire Foil Onions Recipe

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Looking into a piece of foil with a cooked campfire onion.
Onions are not often thought of as an eating vegetable. However, when cooked in foil in campfire coals they become soft and sweet and make a great side.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 50 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
CourseSide Dish
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon herb rub

Equipment

  • foil

Directions

  • Cut off the top and bottom parts of the onion. Peel off the onion skin, keeping the full onion intact. Cut a cross on the top of the onion about a third of the way down. Turn upside down and twist 45 degrees then cut another cross a third of the way down.
  • Place the onion on two sheets of foil. Top with the butter and sprinkle with the herb rub.
  • Wrap the onion tightly with the first sheet of foil, then repeat again with the second sheet of foil.
  • Place the onion in hot coals pulled away from the fire. Leave in the heat until the onion squeezed with tongs is soft, about 45 minutes.
  • When cooked, remove from the coals and let cool slightly before opening.
    Safety: The hot steam in the foil can burn you if opened too soon, so make sure to let it cool for a few minutes and be cautious.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 185mgCalcium: 42mgVitamin C: 8mgVitamin A: 728IUSugar: 5gFiber: 2gPotassium: 174mgCholesterol: 60mgCalories: 248kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 14gFat: 23gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 11gIron: 1mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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