Tips for Cooking on a Sailing Yacht or Catamaran

While sailing on beautiful waters, anchoring at new locations, and exploring new destinations are a significant part of the sailing adventure, another aspect that makes sailing such a great experience - cooking on a sailing yacht! Despite the availability of wonderful dining options, there are situations where a restaurant is not accessible. In such cases, knowing how and what to cook on a sailing yacht is helpful. Here are a few things to consider before setting sail.

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking on a sailing yacht: Useful Tips and Tricks for Preparing Delicious Meals during Your Sea Adventure.

As passionate sailors, we understand that cooking onboard a sailboat can sometimes be challenging. Limited space, lack of fresh ingredients, and the constantly moving environment can make cooking a bit more difficult. But don’t worry! With our handy tips and tricks, you’ll be able to prepare tasty and nutritious meals even on the open sea. Read on and discover how to make the most out of your sailboat kitchen.

1. Preparation is Key

Before you start cooking on a sailing yacht, you must be well-prepared. Make a grocery list of all the necessary ingredients and ensure you have enough supplies for the planned trip. Consider non-perishable food items such as pasta, rice, canned goods, and dried herbs. It’s also handy to bring along some fresh produce that lasts long, such as apples and carrots.

2. Smart Storage Solutions

In limited space, it’s important to utilize smart storage solutions. Use nets, hooks, and storage boxes to organize your kitchen utensils and supplies. Make sure heavy items are securely fastened to prevent sliding while sailing. Vacuum-sealed bags can also help keep food fresh for longer and save space in your refrigerator.

3. Meal Planning

Proper meal planning is essential when cooking on a sailboat. Consider planning meals in advance so that you know exactly what ingredients you need and how to vary your meals. Choose dishes that are easy to prepare with minimal cooking time and the use of pans. One-pot meals and oven-baked dishes are great options when cooking on a sailing yacht. Don’t forget to take into account any dietary restrictions of the crew.

Delicious Greek Salad on board of a catamaran

4. Creative Cooking with Limited Resources

On a sailboat, you often need to get creative with limited resources. Learn to improvise and make use of what you have onboard. For example, try making a delicious pasta sauce with canned tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and dried herbs. Experiment with flavours and textures, and don’t be afraid to try new dishes. Who knows, you might discover a new favourite!

5. Safety First

Safety is always the top priority aboard a sailboat, including in the kitchen. Ensure you have a properly functioning stove and oven, and keep fire extinguishing equipment within reach. Be cautious when handling knives and hot pans, especially when the vessel is in motion. Also, remember to practice good hygiene and wash your hands regularly, as an infection at sea can have serious consequences.

Beautiful seafood platter

A Nutritious Recipe for Sailors: Pasta with Fresh Seafood

As a bonus, we’d like to share a delicious (vegetarian) and nutritious recipe perfect for sailors. This dish utilizes fresh seafood that you can collect along the way. You can also substitute the sea herbs with fresh seafood or combine them! Here’s how you can prepare it:


  • 250g pasta
  • A handful of fresh sea herbs and/or seafood (such as seaweed, sea fennel, sea lettuce, mussels, cockles, shrimp, squid, etc.)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • A splash of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Fresh or dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and oregano (and chili flakes if you like it spicy) and sauté them briefly before deglazing with white wine.
  • Immediately add the fresh seaweed and/or seafood to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until cooked.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, and additional olive oil if desired.
  • Serve warm and enjoy this tasty and healthy meal at sea!
  • With these handy tips and our delicious recipe in your galley, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy flavorful and nourishing meals during your sailing adventures. Don’t forget to add your own creativity and experiment with local ingredients you encounter along the way. Bon appétit and smooth sailing!

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