Taking a trip on the water is always a great way to spend a few hours or even a whole day on the water. But the longer you spend out there, the more likely it is you’re going to want to eat at some point. Sure, you could bring some simple snacks from shore, but what if you chose to cook on your boat instead? It’s easier to do than you might think and a great way to serve delicious hot food to your passengers! Make your trip even better with some grilled meals that will really hit the spot.
Master Marine of Mount Vernon, WA, is your local boat dealership. We’ve provided the following tips for cooking on your boat to help you make the most of your on-the-water excursions.
Very large boats will likely have their own galleys, or kitchens, on board with everything you could possibly want or need for cooking. But on most smaller boats, you won’t have this feature, so you’ll have to make do with cooking on deck instead, using a grill. Marine grills come in several different styles and sizes to suit different needs. Some can attach to the side of your craft, others sit on a pedestal seat and still more can simply rest on a heat-proof surface.
One handy device you may wish to look into is the VertiGrille, which has skewers that transfer heat up through the food speared on them. This can save you more horizontal space on your grill for larger cuts of meat or fish. Cook some vegetable and mushroom kebabs on the VertiGrille while your freshly-caught salmon sizzles nearby! The nice thing about grills is that they cook evenly and quickly without generating a lot of excess heat, so they’re perfect for a hot summer day.
On a smaller vessel, your storage space is pretty limited, and you’ll likely only have a small cooler in addition to your livewell to store food in before it’s prepared. If you need to stock food for a long voyage, canned food is a great option since it lasts a very long time if it doesn’t rust. Buy food in smaller packages and make use of single-serve items where you can because you probably don’t have anywhere to store leftover food. Leaving food out can draw in pests like birds, rats or insects, in addition to creating some nauseating smells!
Try to cook one-dish meals where you can so you aren’t having to wash a load of dishes somewhere on your boat or when you return to shore. Use mugs instead of bowls for serving more liquid foods because they are well-insulated and less likely to spill.
If you’re on a very small boat without a lot of table space, you may wish to prepare items in advance instead to add some cold side dishes like pasta salad or mixed greens. If you happen to have a small fridge or microwave on board, then your options open up in terms of what you can keep around and warm up.
Choppy waves can knock over an unstable grill, sending charcoal and searing food flying, which can potentially injure someone or even start a fire. Make sure your grill is well-secured, however it attaches to your craft. Store propane and other fuels far from open flames and in a cool place. If you’re using propane, turn off the tank when it’s not in use. Keep a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on board to address fires and minor injuries like burns.
Cut up vegetables and fruit on shore or at the dock and keep the pieces in a container to cook so you don’t have to wield a knife on rocky waters. Substitute spoons for forks to reduce sharp edges and points on board.
Allow foods to cool before serving them since they could spill and burn a passenger. To thicken up stews and soups, add flour or instant mashed potato flakes. This will make them easier to eat on a boat, less likely to slosh out of a mug and just as delicious!
If you’re still in search of the perfect boat, you’ll want to pay our Mount Vernon dealership a visit. We carry a great selection of new and used boats for sale. Master Marine proudly serves the greater Seattle metro area, including the cities of Renton and Tacoma, WA.