Black cast iron pan of wood fire frittata on a grey napkin next to slices of brie cheese.

Savour Ontario Outdoors

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Savour Ontario Outdoors 
Summer Cooking Guide!

Savour Ontario Outdoors: Because local food prepared and enjoyed in the open air just tastes better.

The sights, sounds and smells of a meal prepared and cooked in the natural world reminds us at an elemental level of where our food comes from. We are truly fortunate to live in Ontario, an undeniable land of agricultural bounty, world-class craft and culinary richness. 

This is never more evident than when we source, prepare and enjoy local Ontario ingredients using slow, simple and enduring methods.The aroma of a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with artisanal Ontario cheese sizzling in a cast iron skillet, just-opened foil wrapped packages of beautifully seasoned potatoes and buttery local vegetables or creamy hot chocolate poured into enamel mugs and topped with hand-whipped local cream are as much part of our memories as hikes through woodland trails, swims in pristine lakes or time spent listening to the birds in our own backyards.

Cooking outdoors over a fire slows the process down, building anticipation and appreciation. It also fosters community. Beyond cooking, fires are places for storytelling—for sharing the history, lore and ideas that form our most powerful memories.

This collection of outdoor cooking recipes, tips and food ideas was curated for everyone—backyard foodies, provincial park campers and seasoned outlanders alike. Featuring recipes and thoughtful content from some of Ontario’s most fascinating and beloved chefs, we hope you’ll explore what’s inside and take it with you on your next journey to the heart of Algonquin, the forests of Northwestern Ontario, your backyard fire pit or your condominium balcony.

Recipes and food ideas from eight of Ontario’s top chefs!

Savour Ontario Outdoors Featured Recipes

Meatballs with shredded cheese and basil leaves in a small round black pan with a fork on a cutting board.

Cheese & Egg “Meatballs” & Naan on a Skillet

Inspired
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Smoked cheddar cornbread and ribs with dip on a round plate with a red rim on top of a red napkin next to a small round black plate with shredded cheese next to a cast iron pan with cornbread.

Smoked Cheddar and Buttermilk Cornbread with Sticky Maple Chili and Birch Syrup Back Ribs

Inspired
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Round wooden bowl with mash, venison slices, and veg on a white napkin next to a knife and fork.

Seared Pine Ashed Venison with Creamy Sunchokes & Buttery Ramps & Mushrooms

Inspired
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Metal Skewers on a round living edge wood board with sliced meats, cubed cheese, and bread pieces.

Wood Fire Charcuterie Skewers

Quick & Easy
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Overhead view of filleted trout laying on a bed of kombu in a rectangular pan topped with round lemon slices and fresh herbs.

Campfire Roasted Whole Ontario Trout

Inspired
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A metal mug on a camp grill full of hot cocoa.

Savoury Campfire Hot Cocoa

Everyday Delicious
 Clock Icon 15 min
Meatballs with shredded cheese and basil leaves in a small round black pan with a fork on a cutting board.

Cheese & Egg “Meatballs” & Naan on a Skillet

Inspired
 Clock Icon 1 hr 30 Min
Smoked cheddar cornbread and ribs with dip on a round plate with a red rim on top of a red napkin next to a small round black plate with shredded cheese next to a cast iron pan with cornbread.

Smoked Cheddar and Buttermilk Cornbread with Sticky Maple Chili and Birch Syrup Back Ribs

Inspired
 Clock Icon 1 hr 15 min
Round wooden bowl with mash, venison slices, and veg on a white napkin next to a knife and fork.

Seared Pine Ashed Venison with Creamy Sunchokes & Buttery Ramps & Mushrooms

Inspired
 Clock Icon 50 MIN
Metal Skewers on a round living edge wood board with sliced meats, cubed cheese, and bread pieces.

Wood Fire Charcuterie Skewers

Quick & Easy
 Clock Icon 23 mins
Overhead view of filleted trout laying on a bed of kombu in a rectangular pan topped with round lemon slices and fresh herbs.

Campfire Roasted Whole Ontario Trout

Inspired
 Clock Icon 35 - 45 MIN
A metal mug on a camp grill full of hot cocoa.

Savoury Campfire Hot Cocoa

Everyday Delicious
 Clock Icon 15 min
Three cheesy campfire hotdog stickbread pieces on a dark round plate next to a small round bowl with orange cheddar cheese.

Cheesy Campfire Hotdog Stickbread

Inspired
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Three orange baked spelt muffins topped with butter and orange peel twist on a round enamel plate.

Orange-Baked Honey Spelt Buttermilk Muffins

Inspired
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Black cast iron pan of wood fire frittata on a grey napkin next to slices of brie cheese.

Wood Fire Frittata with Ontario Brie

Quick & Easy
 Clock Icon 25 mins
Three cheesy campfire hotdog stickbread pieces on a dark round plate next to a small round bowl with orange cheddar cheese.

Cheesy Campfire Hotdog Stickbread

Inspired
 Clock Icon 2 hrs 10 mins
Three orange baked spelt muffins topped with butter and orange peel twist on a round enamel plate.

Orange-Baked Honey Spelt Buttermilk Muffins

Inspired
 Clock Icon 1 HR 16MIN
Black cast iron pan of wood fire frittata on a grey napkin next to slices of brie cheese.

Wood Fire Frittata with Ontario Brie

Quick & Easy
 Clock Icon 25 mins

Chefs in Conversation

A variety of vegetables on a stand such as potatoes, ginger, squash, green pepper, tomatoes, corn, and eggplant.

Exploring the meaning of local food with Chef Bashir Munye

Chef Bashir’s life and cuisine has been shaped by his travels. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia and raised in Italy, the man destined to become a celebrated chef  then travelled across Europe and moved on to the U.S. before coming to Toronto, Ontario. In 1996, he fell in love with cooking and began working in restaurants and studying culinary management.

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Two couples holding up their glasses for a toast at a picnic table under string lights in a backyard.

Embracing the chaos of elevated outdoor culinary experiences with Ricky + Olivia

Chef duo Ricky Casipe and Olivia Simpson, professionally known as Ricky + Olivia, preside over the culinary program at Westcott Vineyards in Jordan Station, Ontario. Similar to nomadic winemakers, they draw inspiration and infrastructure from the winery and surrounding terroir, but the food experience is all their own, and theirs is no ordinary kitchen.

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Two axes side by side in a log in a forest.

A Feast for the Senses: The Joy of Food Outdoors with Chef Michael Hunter and Chef Joseph Shawana

Ontario Chefs Joseph Shawana and Michael Hunter are among the kings of local food, with key differences in their culinary styles. Chef Joseph sums it up very well. “We both use the same ingredients, but we use different cooking techniques. Our flavour profiles are different, we layer things differently and we season things differently. My Indigenous cooking and Michael’s Canadian cooking are similar in our difference from the general restaurants that serve a four-page menu of every different cuisine. We are more hyper-focused on the ingredients themselves, asking how Canada’s or the Indigenous food system showcased in that restaurant or experience?”

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Small pizzas cooking on a grill over a campfire with a hand holding tongs grabbing the edge of one of the pizzas.

Unlocking the smoky deliciousness of campfire cooking with Chef Joshna Maharaj

Chef Joshna Maharaj is one of Ontario’s leading chefs, activists. She is recognized as a preeminent food rethinker and philosopher, delving into often overlooked kitchens in institutions and hospitals on a mission to overhaul our approach to the human right to nutrition without sacrificing efficiency. Less known, perhaps, is her rich personal relationship with the outdoors and camping in Ontario.

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Image of the night sky with stars, a tree line below and some flames from a camp fire.

Slow Food with Family and Friends With Chefs Eva Chin & Tawfik Shehata

Outdoor cooking is huge for Chef Eva, who grew up on a farm in Hawaii. Her food is inspired by her Samoan, Singaporean and Chinese cultural traditions and elevated by her extensive experience and incredible talent. Chef Tawfik Shehata is a huge talent and an Ontario treasure. Executive Chef at The International Centre in Toronto, he is also an admitted “food nerd” and beloved instructor at his children’s virtual cooking school, Julia's Child. 

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Tips & Outdoor Food Ideas

Black pie iron slightly open in a campfire.

The Pie Iron: Unsung Hero of the Fire Pit

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Aug 06
Logs in a campfire with flames.

Cooking Fires: It’s all in “the lay”

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Jul 19
Overhead view of white, round plate with fried dandelions on a wooden service.

Edible Ontario: Foraging for wild ingredients

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Jul 19
Two children on a dock by a lake at sunset, child on the left is holding a fishing rod.

Fishing In Ontario

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Jul 19
A stick with some dough wrapped on the end end roasting over a campfire.

Primitive Pleasures: Food on Sticks

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Jul 19
Overhead view of cheesy baked potato in tin foil next to a fork on a round black plate on a wooden surface.

Travelling Kitchen

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Jul 19
Black pie iron slightly open in a campfire.

The Pie Iron: Unsung Hero of the Fire Pit

author icon Savour Ontario Kitchen
Aug 06
Logs in a campfire with flames.

Cooking Fires: It’s all in “the lay”

author icon Savour Ontario Kitchen
Jul 19
Overhead view of white, round plate with fried dandelions on a wooden service.

Edible Ontario: Foraging for wild ingredients

author icon Savour Ontario Kitchen
Jul 19
Two children on a dock by a lake at sunset, child on the left is holding a fishing rod.

Fishing In Ontario

author icon Savour Ontario Kitchen
Jul 19
A stick with some dough wrapped on the end end roasting over a campfire.

Primitive Pleasures: Food on Sticks

author icon Savour Ontario Kitchen
Jul 19
Overhead view of cheesy baked potato in tin foil next to a fork on a round black plate on a wooden surface.

Travelling Kitchen

author icon Savour Ontario Kitchen
Jul 19