How To Bake A Potato On A Campfire (What To Do)

  • By: VidJovanovic
  • Date: October 12, 2022
  • Time to read: 8 min.

When camping, there’s nothing quite like a freshly baked potato. But how do you bake a potato on a campfire?

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s easier than you might think! You can have a delicious, satisfying meal that will improve your camping trip with just a few simple steps.

So read everything you need to know about baking potatoes on a campfire. And don’t forget to enjoy your meal.

Key Takeaways

  • Start by prepping your potato by giving it a good wash and then puncturing it a few times with a fork.
  • Next, wrap your potato in tin foil, covering it completely.
  • Place the foil-wrapped potato on the edge of your campfire, letting it cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • Check on your potato every so often to ensure it’s not burning; you may need to rotate it during cooking.
  • Once cooked through, carefully remove the potato from the fire and unwrap it. Enjoy!
potato slices in a pot of water next to open fire
How To Bake A Potato On A Campfire

Here’s The Answer To How To Bake A Potato On A Campfire

What You Need To Bake A Potato On A Campfire:

  • A large potato – Any size will do, but remember that the larger the potato is, the longer it will take to cook through.
  • Salt or pepper – Optional, but highly recommended. If you add salt and pepper, use coarse sea salt or Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper so that they don’t turn into a paste while baking on your fire.

How To Bake A Potato On A Campfire:

  • Clean up dirt or mud around your fire pit before placing your potatoes directly onto it. The dirt around your campfire may have bugs (especially if you’ve made a fire pit out of rocks), which would ruin everything if left unchecked! Also, remember not to place any rocks on top of them because those would also ruin everything by burning too hot for our purposes here today 🙂
  • Place one potato directly onto each ring around your cooking grate, so none get too close together (this will help prevent them from burning). Be sure not to put any other food items down first – again, leave space between them!

Keep The Fire Low

few potatoes wrapped in foil on a grill
Keep The Fire Low

You need to keep the fire low. If it’s too hot, the potato will burn. If it’s too cool, it will be raw on the inside. All of these things are bad.

So how do you know when your fire is at just the right temperature? Well, there are a few ways to tell:

  • Watch the potatoes closely while they cook. They should start turning brown on all sides after about 10 minutes; if not, continue cooking them until they do.
  • Touch one of the potatoes with your finger—if it feels soft or mushy (or barely warm), then take them off immediately. If it still feels firm and solid, like one of those old-fashioned school desks from elementary school days, keep going for another minute or two.

Wash Your Potatoes Thoroughly

To remove dirt and debris from your potatoes, use a clean cloth or a soft-bristled brush to wash them under running water. Rinse thoroughly until all dirt has been removed and pat dry with paper towels.

Keep The Potatoes Covered In Foil

  • Use tin foil to cover your potatoes.
  • Make sure you use a double layer of foil and that it’s tightly wrapped around each potato. The goal is to keep all the moisture inside the potato while allowing some steam to escape so they don’t burn on their skins.
  • If you wrap it too tightly, there won’t be enough room for steam to escape from inside the potato as it cooks, and it will cause them to burst open when cooked! On the other hand, you also don’t want them too loose—loosely wrapped potatoes can fall apart or become waterlogged as they bake in their juices (and possibly rainwater if it’s raining).
  • Ensure that your foil isn’t too large or small: if it’s too big, it could catch fire on top; if too small, then not enough heat will penetrate through its walls for proper baking. You’re looking for somewhere between those two extremes!

Place The Potatoes Near The Fire, But Not Too Close

sliced potatoes in a pan on the grill
Place The Potatoes Near The Fire, But Not Too Close
  • Make sure your campfire is low and well-tended. You don’t want to risk burning the potatoes or any other part of your meal.
  • Place the foil-wrapped potatoes on top of larger rocks or logs (this will help contain the heat so it’s not concentrated in one spot). The foil should be flat across the rocks and not touch any flames.
  • If you have a grill grate, you can place it over top of a few more large pieces of wood to keep air circulating and make sure nothing burns while still keeping most of the heat directed at your food (don’t worry if some smoke comes off—it won’t hurt anything).

If using an open fire pit, ensure there are plenty of rocks around so that heat doesn’t get trapped under anything else like food containers or cooking tools.

Keep The Fire Steady For 10 Minutes

The most important thing to remember when baking potatoes on a campfire is that you need to keep the fire steady. If your fire gets too hot or too low, you could burn your potato, making it inedible and ruining the whole experience!

  • Don’t leave the fire unattended. When baking potatoes on a campfire, it’s important not to leave the fire unattended for any amount of time—especially if there are children or pets around who may be tempted by their delicious-smelling aroma.
  • Don’t put the potatoes too close to the coals of your campfire. You’ll want them far enough from those hot coals so they don’t get burned while they bake on top of them but still close enough to cook all day long without getting cold (or worse—melting). If you’ve got some extra room near your fire pit/pitcher ring stand/cooking grate (whatever), then place all four potatoes right next together, so their sides are touching each other! This will help prevent one side from drying out while another side cooks through completely.

Remove The Potatoes From The Heat, Unwrap The Foil And Serve

After you’ve baked the potatoes for 20 minutes, remove them from the heat and unwrap them. You can serve them right then, but I’ve found that they taste better if you let them sit for a few minutes before serving.

One thing to remember is don’t cut the potatoes too early! Potatoes will release steam as they cool down, so it’s best not to slice into them until just before serving.

If you want more ideas on what to do with your campfire baked potatoes (or any other potato), check out our blog post about making buffalo-style potatoes on a grill.

Is It Possible To Bake Potato On Open Fire?

a family next to campfire
Is It Possible To Bake Potato On Open Fire

It is possible to bake potatoes on an open fire, but practicing your technique before you get out into the wild is best. There are a few things that need to be done properly if you want your potatoes to turn out well:

  • You need to use a campfire. This means the flame will not be controlled by you and therefore be unpredictable. If you have experience with campfires, this should be no problem.
  • Keep the fire steady throughout the cooking process (if possible). Most fires tend to burn down over time as they burn through their fuel source, so keeping it low will help ensure that it doesn’t go out from under your potato too soon or too quickly if it does end up getting too big for its boots!
  • Keep everything covered in foil except when checking on them every once in a while during the cooking time (about 15 minutes per side). This way, there won’t be any chance of burning yourself while examining how things are going without having something protecting both hands!

Keep The Potatoes Away From The Base Of The Fire

The trick is to ensure that the potatoes are not too close or too far from the fire. If they are too close, they will burn and crack. If they are too far, they will not cook thoroughly.

To get them just right, you need to place them in between the coals and let them cook for about an hour.

Is It Safe To Eat A Baked Potato From Campfire?

potatoes baked on campfire
Is It Safe To Eat A Baked Potato From Campfire

Regarding campfire cooking, there are a few things to remember to ensure a safe and delicious meal. One common question is whether or not it is safe to eat a baked potato cooked in the embers of a fire.

The answer is yes, as long as a few simple safety and cooking guidelines are followed. For example, campfire potatoes are a great side dish for any grilled meal, and they can be easily cooked in aluminum foil right in the embers of the fire.

  • Use tongs to place the wrapped potatoes in the fire, which will help prevent burns.
  • Cook them on medium heat for about 30-40 minutes, turning them occasionally so that they cook evenly.
  • Be sure to let them cool before unwrapping and eating, as the steam inside can cause burns.

In terms of cleanup, simply remove the foil from the fire and allow it to cool before disposing of it. There is no need to wash the potatoes first, as they will have been cooked through by the time they are removed from the fire.

Things Needed To Bake Potatoes On Campfire

  • A metal pot with a lid
  • A metal spatula or spoon to stir the potatoes
  • Charcoal briquettes (or some other heat source)
  • A metal container to place the potatoes into while they bake, a Metal fork or knife to lift the baked potato from its’ container


If you’re looking for a tasty, satisfying meal while camping, why not try baking a potato on a campfire? It’s easy to do and only requires a few simple ingredients.

To bake a potato on a campfire, you’ll need:

– 1 large potato per person

– Aluminum foil

– Butter, sour cream, cheese, or other toppings (optional)

Wash the potatoes and wrap them in foil. Then, build a fire and let it burn until the coals are red hot. Next, place the wrapped potatoes in the coals and let them cook for 30-45 minutes.

When they’re done, carefully remove them from the fire and open the foil. Add your desired toppings and enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my potatoes turn out burnt or blackened?

There’s nothing worse than biting into a potato and getting an overwhelming burnt flavor. It’s an experience that leaves you completely disappointed, especially if you are looking forward to enjoying some delicious potatoes.

What is an appropriate size pot for baking a potato on a campfire?

An appropriately sized potato baking campfire is 6 to 10 inches in diameter and about 1 to 2 feet deep. The fire should be hot but not too fast or high, which can cause the potato to burn from the inside out.

Can I cook another food at the same time as baking the potato on the campfire?

If you can do this safely, then yes! You can cook the potato and other food at the same time.

Is it best to peel the potato or leave it intact?

The best way to cook a potato is to leave it intact and bake, boil or steam it. If you choose to peel the potato first, consider using the peels in a soup or broth.


Vid Jovanovic

I’m Vid Jovanovic and I’m 36 years old. I’m a teacher by profession and my passion lies in baking. I have been baking since my early teens, when my grandmother taught me how to make a simple cake that you can find in any supermarket. My passion for baking grew as I got older and I started experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.