50 Dinner recipes

50 Dinner recipes

Between packing school lunches, getting to and from soccer practice, and, oh yeah, that job you have, it can be seriously challenging to get a new satisfying and healthy dinner on the table each night. Your best bet against weeknight dinner stress: This arsenal of our favorite quick and easy family meals, all ready to satisfy everyone at the table—even the kids.

Better-than-Takeout Stir-Fried Udon
Alex Lau

Better-than-Takeout Stir-Fried Udon

You can easily make this vegetarian—omit the pork and sub in 8 oz. shiitake or crimini mushrooms. See the step-by-step instructions here.

One-Skillet Chicken with Buttery Orzo
Alex Lau

One-Skillet Chicken with Buttery Orzo

Why use a bunch of pots and pans when fennel, orzo, and chicken can be cooked in one?

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles
Ditte Isager

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles

Don’t bother trying to divide this fillet into tidy portions. Instead, use a spoon to break it into perfectly imperfect pieces.

Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta
Alex Lau

Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta

Who says cauliflower is boring? When it’s deeply roasted and tossed with hot, cheesy pasta, it’s anything but.

Panko-Crusted Roast Chicken Thighs with Mustard and Thyme
Bobbi Lin

Panko-Crusted Roast Chicken Thighs with Mustard and Thyme

Who isn’t looking for a quick-to-make, easy-to-love dinner for busy weeknights? This roast chicken recipe will become one of your MVPs.

Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Photo by Alex Lau, styling by Sean Dooley

Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

Using a fatty cut like boneless pork shoulder guarantees an exceptionally juicy, flavorful stir-fry. No tough strips of dry meat here. See the step-by-step photos here and click here for four more easy stir fry recipes.

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets
Gentl and Hyers

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

If you cut the chicken into smaller pieces before breading, they’re nuggets—the guilt-free kind.

Kimchi Udon with Scallions
Alex Lau

Kimchi Udon with Scallions

The power trio of butter, kimchi, and gochujang produces an umami ballad so beautiful in this udon recipe, you’ll want to play it over and over again.

Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Citrus Dressing
Alex Lau

Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Citrus Dressing

Rather than marinating these chops ahead of time, which, let’s face it, doesn’t work on weeknights, we came up with a citrus-mustard-cilantro dressing that bathes the chops in punchy flavor after they’ve cooked. The pinch of sugar helps these chops take on lots of color, and hard-searing on just one side ensures they’re not overcooked. See the step-by-step instructions here.

Fettuccine Alfredo
Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

Fettuccine Alfredo

Real alfredo should never (never!) include cream; the silky sauce is the result of an emulsion between the grated cheese, melted butter, and starchy pasta water. This is part of BA’s Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Soy-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Scallions
Christina Holmes

Soy-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Scallions

A little bit of sweetness makes these especially appealing to pint-size palates.

One-Pot Baked Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge, styling by Molly Baz

One-Pot Baked Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Baked pasta doesn’t need to take every pot in your kitchen or lots of different steps. This weeknight-friendly version uses one skillet, one pot, and plenty of cheese.

Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs
David Prince

Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Sophisticated enough for a Sunday supper yet quick enough for Wednesday’s dinner, this master recipe is all in the technique. Cook the thighs skin side down in a cast-iron skillet to render out the fat and make the skin as crisp and, dare we say, delicious as bacon.

Broccoli Bolognese with Orecchiette
Alex Lau

Broccoli Bolognese with Orecchiette

Broccoli and sausage pair up for an indulgent veg-heavy pasta dinner. We generally use sweet Italian sausage, but like any legit weeknight meal, the recipe is flexible, so play around with your favorite style.

Weeknight Porchetta
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge, styling by Molly Baz

Weeknight Porchetta

We cut corners on the classic Italian dish—using bacon and skipping the multiday air-drying process. It’s not traditional, but it sure is delicious.

Clams in White Bean Sauce
Alex Lau

Clams in White Bean Sauce

No need to prep everything ahead: Get your chopping in while the fennel cooks. Just keep an eye on the pot!

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash
Brian W Ferry

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash

Lay the puff pastry over the skillet for a pretty look. Use any brand; the weight may vary, but either way you’ll have enough to work with.

One-Skillet Crispy Chicken Thighs with Harissa
Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Emily Eisen

One-Skillet Crispy Chicken Thighs with Harissa

Starting the chicken skin side down in a cold skillet lets the fat render slowly and results in the crispiest skin imaginable. It also yields a pan of flavorful schmaltz, aka liquid gold.

This Easy Tuna Pasta Is the Cheapest, Quickest, Most Comforting Weeknight Dinner Ever
Photo by Alex Lau

This Easy Tuna Pasta Is the Cheapest, Quickest, Most Comforting Weeknight Dinner Ever

Seriously, you can make the sauce in the time it takes to boil pasta.

Ponzu Roasted Salmon for Two
Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Emily Eisen

Ponzu Roasted Salmon for Two

Salty-tart and just-sweet-enough ponzu sauce is a great back-pocket finisher for everything from salads to roasted vegetables, especially when you are tired of your everyday vinaigrette.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese
Alex Lau

Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese

The classic tomato and mozz summer salad gets a roasty cold-weather makeover.

Kabocha Squash and Pork Stir-Fry
Alex Lau

Kabocha Squash and Pork Stir-Fry

To cut up the kabocha squash for this recipe, slice ¼” off the stem end and base. Stand it on a cut end and halve from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds, peel, and you’re home free.

Crispy Fish Sticks
Hirsheimer Hamilton

Crispy Fish Sticks

Look for thicker fish fillets, which will give you the ideal breading-to-fish ratio.

Kids' Chicken Katsu
Alex Lau

Kids’ Chicken Katsu

Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t love a chicken cutlet.

Shrimp and Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles
Alex Lau

Shrimp and Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles

Q: How is it you can make an entire curry dish at home with only 10 ingredients that tastes like it has 20? A: Store-bought curry paste. Most versions contain ingredients you can only find at an Asian markets like galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime, that transform coconut milk and shrimp into an as-good-as-if-not-better-than takeout dish that’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

Roast Salmon and Broccoli with Chile-Caper Vinaigrette
Hirsheimer Hamilton

Roast Salmon and Broccoli with Chile-Caper Vinaigrette

Giving the broccoli a head start lets it get nicely browned, which brings out its sweetness.

Grilled Chicken Tacos
Peden + Munk

Grilled Chicken Tacos

Make these spiced tacos even faster by using a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Chicken with Crispy Rice
Alex Lau

Chicken with Crispy Rice

If you make the stock ahead of time for this chicken recipe, the fat will solidify when chilled so it’s easy to lift off.

The Spicy Italian Sausage Soup Your Dinner Routine Needs
Shay Harrington

The Spicy Italian Sausage Soup Your Dinner Routine Needs

Family recipes are the best kind of heirlooms—this spicy Italian sausage and bean soup from one of our readers proves why.

The Healthyish Chickpea Soup That, Yep, Still Has Sausage
Laura Murray

The Healthyish Chickpea Soup That, Yep, Still Has Sausage

Have 30 minutes? Then this soup is yours.

One-Skillet Roasted Sesame Chicken Thighs
Photo by Alex Lau

One-Skillet Roasted Sesame Chicken Thighs

Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are the dinner gods’ gift to home cooks everywhere. Each one is its own perfect portion of crispy skin and juicy meat that’s pretty impossible to overcook. Just make sure you cook them thoroughly on the skin side first to render out as much of the fat as possible and ensure maximum crispiness.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese Toasties
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge, styling by Molly Baz

Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese Toasties

To keep our tomato soup a one-pot operation (and avoid splattering scalding hot liquid), we purée the mixture with an immersion blender, which gets the job done. For an extra-smooth texture, though, feel free to use a regular blender. Want to keep it vegan? (Well, the soup, that is.) Omit the sour cream and drizzle with a couple of extra tablespoons of olive oil at the end.

Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Pork
Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Emily Eisen

Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Pork

Instead of just using plain rice, make your own medley! Try a mix of white rice, millet, and/or quinoa, which all cook in about the same time. You can also sub kale for the Napa cabbage.

Magic Crispy Chicken

Magic Crispy Chicken

What’s magic about this chicken? Is it that it’s crunchier than any baked chicken you’ve ever had before? Is it that it requires fewer than 10 ingredients? Or that it takes under an hour start to finish? Actually, the answer is All Of The Above.

Shrimp and Pimiento Cheese Grits
Alex Lau

Shrimp and Pimiento Cheese Grits

Quaker brand grits work really well in this recipe, and they are distributed very widely. If you can’t find them, use any other white, medium-grind, long-cooking grits. Check out step-by-step photo instructions here.

Cheesy Zucchini-Eggplant Bake

Cheesy Zucchini-Eggplant Bake

Eggplant is one of the true stars of summer, but it can be tricky to cook. Because it absorbs oil like a sponge during frying, we prefer the oven-roasted method in this recipe, which yields tender, caramelized slices minus all the mess.

Use-It-Up Frittata
Photo by Chelsie Craig, styling by Molly Baz

Use-It-Up Frittata

Kitchen economy: Use any leftover cooked vegetables, grains, or herbs in your fridge for this frittata, then use any leftover frittata for a sandwich the next day.

Halibut Foil Packs with Chile Butter
Alex Lau

Halibut Foil Packs with Chile Butter

Turn this halibut recipe into a dinner bowl by serving the fish and veggies over any warm grains, like rice or barley. Check out step-by-step photos here.

Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple
Bobbi Lin

Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple

The shortcuts to a super-speedy taco night: one baking sheet and a hot broiler. If you’re using frozen shrimp, throw them in a resealable bag and set in a bowl of cool running water in the sink—you’ll be good to go in 10-15 minutes. When shopping for pineapple, choose one that’s fragrant, feels heavy for its size, and gives slightly when pressed at the base.

Quick Tomato Chicken Curry
Photo by Alex Lau, Styling by Andy Baraghani

Quick Tomato Chicken Curry

The honey lends a sweet, caramelize-y twist to this quick curry, but if you want to up the heat, add a big pinch of cayenne pepper. Have some thick, crusty bread handy to scoop up all the extra sauce, or serve alongside a pile of rice for a low-maintenance comfort food dinner.

Eggplant and Cabbage Dinner Frittata
Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Emily Eisen

Eggplant and Cabbage Dinner Frittata

We love the just-set creamy texture of a stovetop frittata, but it does make it a little scary to handle. if you aren’t sure about inverting it to get it out of the pan, we have your back. Instead of flipping, transfer it to a 350° oven to finish cooking through.

Sheet-Pan Pizza with Brussels Sprouts and Salami
Alex Lau

Sheet-Pan Pizza with Brussels Sprouts and Salami

There is no higher calling of the humble Brussels sprout than this sheet-pan pizza. We pre-roast them until they’re well caramelized before assembling the pizza, which means all you have to do is make sure that bottom crust is good and brown before sticking the whole thing under the broiler to get the cheese bubbling. The final result is a cheesy, crispy, can’t-stop-eating balance of flavor and texture.

Courtesy: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/family-meals/slideshow/quick-easy-weeknight-family-meals