Short on Time? These 30-Minute Meals Make Dinner Easy


Mike Garten

What’s better than a freshly made homemade dinner? One that’s made in under 30 minutes of course! These flavor-packed, 30-minute meals mean that you can quickly cook up a delicious and healthy dish that the whole crew will love. Wondering, “what can I cook in 30 minutes?” The truth is that so many of our weeknight meals, and dinner party-worthy dishes (like creamy beef stroganoff), can be ready in no time, especially if you’re multitasking.

Here’s our playbook to speedy and easy suppers: First read through the recipe before you start and prep ingredients while others are cooking. Take advantage of our meal prep tips, too, whether that means cooking an extra batch of shrimp or washing all of your produce on Sunday night. That way, even on your busiest nights, you can whip up healthy 30-minute dinners for the family.

From easy pasta recipes, like linguine with clams tossed with herby pesto, to vegetarian recipes for the family that even the most loyal carnivores will adore (try our black bean nachos layered with melty cheddar and two types of beans!), these dishes serve up big flavor with fresh ingredients. Gone are the days of blah and boring dishes night after night when you’re armed with these genius family dinner ideas. Dig in!

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Garlicky Shrimp and White Bean Toast

Corn gets puréed with Romano cheese into a creamy sauce to coat orecchiette. Pair it with basil for the ultimate seasonal pasta.

Get the Creamy Corn Pasta recipe.


Grilled Chicken Caprese


Crab Cakes and Creamy Sauce

If you’re craving a speedy seafood feast, this one’s ready in only 25 minutes and loaded with zesty lemon, Dijon mustard and plenty of parsley.

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Crush barbecue-flavored potato chips to create the ultimate flavorful crust for chicken.

Get the BBQ Chip Chicken recipe.


Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Creamy Caraway Dressing


Beer-Battered Fish Tacos


Air Fryer Salmon Flatbreads

Layer labneh or Greek yogurt, salmon, veggies and feta on warm flatbread for a satisfying dinner in minutes. Fork and knife optional!

Get the Air Fryer Salmon Flatbreads recipe.


Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Herby homemade pesto adds so much flavor, you don’t need many more ingredients (only 4 more!) to make these sandwiches great. Whip up a big batch and store in an air-tight jar in the fridge to stir into pasta, potato salad and more.

Get the Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe.


Manhattan Clam Chowder


Aleppo Grilled Steak with Farro Salad


Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Miso-Roasted Radishes

This fast fix is full of flavor, thanks to green curry paste, creamy coconut milk and heaps of fresh cilantro.

Get the Green Curry Shrimp recipe.


Air Fryer Meatball Sub


Pesto Linguine with Clams


Paprika Chicken with Crispy Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Turn dinner into a fun family activity: Set out all the no-cook ingredients (watermelon, bell peppers, red cabbage!) and let everyone build their own vegetarian summer rolls.

Get the Summer Rolls recipe.


Green Goddess Sandwiches


Chicken Salad Sandwiches


Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes with Roasted Artichokes

Pasta night is key for many a family dinner, so we insist on adding this flavorful and lightened-up bolognese, using chicken instead of ground beef and plenty of fresh parsley and lemon zest, to the menu tonight.

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Bring your favorite takeout delicacy to your home kitchen with this easy recipe, seasoned with spicy soy, lime juice and sesame oil.

Get the Beef and Broccoli recipe.

Yellow onion, red onion, and fennel add tons of flavor to store-bought pizza dough. It’s the perfect light dinner for the middle of winter, when most other produce isn’t in season.

Get the Onion Flatbread recipe.


Garlicky Wings and Shishito Peppers

“Sushi lover? We unrolled” the classic combo into a fresh bowl complete with nutty brown rice and a drizzle of spicy mayo.

Get the California Roll Salad recipe.


Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps


Steak Sandwich with Arugula

This sandwich works with any cut of steak you like. We love hanger or tri-tip, both tender, meaty cuts ideal for grilling. If you’re unsure how to navigate the meat counter, just check in with your butcher!

Get the Steak Sandwich With Arugula recipe.


Shortcut Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Skip frying cutlets and rely on frozen chicken tenders to create the ultimate lunch (or dinner) fit for a family. Simply stack ingredients onto one big loaf, slice and enjoy!

Get the Shortcut Crispy Chicken Sandwich recipe.

Combine noodles, fresh tomatoes and water, then simmer for perfectly cooked pasta and a luxurious sauce all in one pot.

Get the One-Pot Spaghetti recipe.


Roasted Cauliflower Tacos


Orecchiette with White Beans and Spinach


Sausage and Egg Sandwiches

Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. Example A: this hearty, speedy sandwich layered with rich cheddar and bright pickled peppers.

Get the Sausage and Egg Sandwiches recipe.


Beef Kofte with Kale and Chickpea Salad

Think beyond beef! Chopped salmon mixed with dill and parsley serves up fresh flavor in this light and surprisingly simple burger.

Get the Salmon Burgers recipe.


Grilled Chicken Skewers and Kale Caesar


Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Vodka creates a luxurious creamy sauce. But don’t worry: the alcohol cooks off making this a family-friendly feast!

Get the Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe.


Quick Pork Ragu with Ravioli


Grilled Lemony Chicken and Kale

You likely have all the ingredients you need already on hand to whip up this vegetarian crowd-pleaser. Nacho night, FTW!

Get the Black Bean Nachos recipe.


Spinach Artichoke Chicken


Anchovy Brown Butter Linguine with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

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