The Backcountry Chef: Beefy Stir Fry Noodles

This is a great recipe for those who like a little bit of flavor for dinner, but don’t want to weigh down their pack.  This meal will require a bit of rehydration though…so if you’re out in the backcountry, it would be very helpful to be near a source of filter-able water.

Beefy Stir Fry Noodles
Feeds: 1
Good for: Solo chefs, backpacking
Cooking time: 15 minutes


  1. 1 hunk of beef jerky
  2. 1 package of instant Ramen Noodles (flavor doesn’t matter, you won’t be using the flavor packet anyways)
  3. Soy sauce to taste (an individual packet or two from a fast food noodle place will do)
  4. Oil
  5. 1 egg


  1. Gas Backpacking Stove
  2. small camping pot to boil water
  3. Spoon
  4. Knife


  1. Bring water to boil over backpacking stove, boil beef jerky for 10 minutes, or till tender
  2. Remove jerky from water, cut finely, set aside
  3. Remove ramen block from packet, boil until tender (approx. 2 minutes)
  4. Drain water from ramen, mix with rehydrated jerky
  5. Mix soy sauce to taste
  6. Fry egg in a bit of oil, put atop noodle and jerky mix
  7. Enjoy!

Weekly Backcountry Cooking tip:  Filtering water

There are many different devices and ways out there that people have been using for ages to stay hydrated out in the wild.  When you are out there though, there is kind of a order of safety when you are looking at the source from which to filter your libation needs.  First, try to stick with running water.  Stagnant water tends to have the ability to collect and grow harmful bacteria in larger quantities, though you still need to filter running water.  Some means by which you can clean your water are using a filter, iodine tablets, or simply boiling it.