5 Best Camping Frying Pans For Outdoor Cooking

Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family. This is why it is essential to have the right camping cooking equipment, particularly frying pans. I have compiled a list of the 5 best Camping frying pans for outdoor cooking that I have found. Choosing the right frying pan for your situation is critical. Read on to discover what’s right for you!


Frying PanRecommendationCostWeightPan SizeNon-StickOpen FireBBQ/Gas Cooker
Cast Iron SkilletOpen Fire Winner$29 – $70HeavyMultiple
(3.5 to 15 inches)
Fry-Bake Alpine PanValue for money all-rounder$38 – $75Light
(0.19 kg)
Multiple
(8 to 10.5 inches)
MSR Ceramic skilletConsistent Cooking Champion$79Light
(0.19 kg)
Single
(8inch/20cm)
Jetboil summit SkilletHiking Trail Warrior$74.90Light
(0.3 kg)
Single
(8inch/21.6cm)
Weber Q Ware Frying PanHome and Outdoor Versatility$75 – $95MediumSmall/Large
(8 inches to 13.5 inches *)
*The Weber Q Ware Frying Pan is a rectangle in shape, this is the longest measurement

Cast Iron Skillet

Cast Iron frying pans (Skillets) are some of the most versatile cooking tools out there. They can be used on open fire/bbq/gas stove and retain heat very well which is perfect for cooking food over a long period of time. The downside is that the handle does get hot, so you’ll need to find something to hold onto it. Cast iron also weighs a bit more than most pans, so you’ll need to take care of it if you want it to last. If taken care of, a cast iron pan will outlive you!

For me, a Cast Iron Skillet is a great choice for a camping frying pan when weight does not matter. Perhaps you are a 4WD adventurer or enjoy taking the car to a caping ground for a short weekend away. this is one pan to have in your arsenal. Just be sure to take care of it well.

Pros

  • Great heat retention
  • Multiple sizes available
  • Can be used on open fire/bbq/gas stove
  • If taken care of, will outlive you

Cons

  • The handle does get hot, so need something to hold onto it
  • Heavier than most pans
  • Need to take care of cast iron and season it well

Fry-Bake Alpine Pan (Alpine, Seep Alpine or Expedition Pan)

The Fry-Bake Alpine Pan is a lightweight pan with good heat retention that is perfect for cooking outdoors. The surface is not non-stick, which means no worry about scratching it. So you can use metal utensils so cook and souring pads or even some river sand to clean it easily. There are multiple sizes available with deep sides, making it perfect for cooking everything from pancakes, eggs and bacon to a hearty strew.

For a mid-range all-rounder, the Fry-Bake Alpine Pan is great, having many applications from a short hike to a longer camp requiring multiple cooking methods to keep the crew happy. Just remember to grab something to take the frying pan out of the fire or off the stove as it does not come with a handle.

Pros

  • Good heat retention
  • lightweight
  • Can use metal utensils
  • Easy to clean with no worry of damaging the surface
  • Multiple sizes available with deep sides

Cons

  • Does not come with a handle/pot grip
  • Is not non-stick (Might really be a pro)
  • A little heavier than a real lightweight camping pan

MSR Ceramic Skillet

The MSR Ceramic Skillet is a lightweight, non-stick camping frying pan that comes with a user-friendly handle. The skillet is not recommended to be used on an open fire, but it does have a non-stick coating that makes it easy to cook your food without having to worry about sticking. Being lightweight you can take it with you almost anywhere you go. You will need to be careful not to use harsh utensils like metal on the non-stick surface. However, the non-stick coating of this skillet does make it easy to keep clean.

For trekking and hiking, this is a handy frying pan to use with a small gas stove. Its weight and size make it an excellent addition to a pack. If you are an avid open fire cooker though, this is probably one pan to steer clear of as the pan can warp if it gets too hot and some of the non-metal parts may melt off if not careful.

Pros

  • Lightweight pan
  • Non-stick coating
  • Comes with a folding handle

Cons

  • Not recommended to use on an open fire
  • Avoid using harsh utensils like metal spatulas
  • Hand wash only¬†

Jetboil Summit Skillet

The Jetboil Summit Skillet is a lightweight, non-stick frying pan that is perfect for camping. It has a folding handle and comes with a turner nested in the handle, meaning you can flip those pancakes with ease. The skillet also has a lightweight construction, making it easy to carry around. However, the skillet is not recommended for use on an open fire, but is suitable for gas cookers, particularly a small gas cooker with a pot stand for more even heat distribution.

While it may not be as deep as the MSR Ceramic Skillet, the Summit Skillet is still an excellent option for camping cooks looking for a lightweight pan that they can use on all types of adventures. Especially if you pair the Jetboil Summit Skillet, Pot Support and Micro Mo together as a lightweight cook anywhere solution.

Avid campers may be wondering why I chose to include the Jetboil Summit Skillet over the Sea To Summit Alpha Pan. simply, I do not like the handle design on the Sea To Summit. To me, it has a risk of losing all your hard-earned cooked meal! Maybe one day I will take one for a test run, but it’s not at the top of my list right now.

Pros

  • Comes with a turner nested in the handle
  • Lightweight pan
  • Non-stick coating
  • Comes with a folding handle

Cons

  • Not recommended to use on an open fire
  • Avoid using harsh utensils like metal spatulas
  • Hand wash only 
  • Not as deep as the MSR Ceramic Skillet

Weber Q Ware Frying Pan

There is a reason I have two Weber’s Q Ware frying pans, they are a versatile and solid option for those who want an oven-safe frying pan that can easily be used on the BBQ or while camping. The non-stick surface makes it easy to cook your food without having to worry about it sticking. The detachable handle means you can pack it away easier to take it wherever you go. The handle is fairly easy to attach, but you would struggle using it directly on coals without burning your hand.

As with all cooking equipment, there are some things you need to be aware of. Like the handle may break become brittle and after a while (which has not happened to me). Or excessive heat and a lot of use may cause the pan to be less non-stick. If you keep the pan seasoned well this is not an issue. Overall this is a great choice for anyone looking for a versatile camping frying pan that will last through many uses.

Pros

  • Very versatile from the oven at home to the BBQ in the campground or the fire on the track
  • Detachable handle easy and solid connection
  • Good heat retention
  • Non-stick surface
  • A non-conventional rectangular shape (Could be a Con for some situations)

Cons

  • Heavier than most camping pans
  • Need to season regularly
  • The handle has been known to break

Whether camping, boating or caravaning choosing the right frying pan to complement your cooking is essential. I hope you have a better idea of what you are after from reading this list of frying pans I am excited about. If this morning’s hashbrown and egg cook-up with the Weber Q Ware Frying Pan is anything to go by, there are many delicious meals to come!