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75 Best Quick, Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

These meals are perfect for busy weeknights.

quick easy dinner recipes
Brian Woodcock

With everything that goes on in a typical day—long work hours, after-school sports and activities—it's completely understandable that cooking dinner is the last thing you want to do or have to think hard about when you get home. While there are plenty of slow cooker recipes you can make ahead of time and lots of sheet pan dinners, that may use only one pan (easy dish clean-up is a plus!) but often take a while to cook, sometimes you just need quick, easy dinner recipes. That's where the following 30-minute meals come in. Here, you'll find quick, easy dinner recipes that include all of your favorite dishes like chicken dinner recipes, ground beef recipes, and vegetarian dinner ideas that will keep meals interesting, yet easy. And because you'll need to satisfy your whole family, we've also included family-friendly dinner ideas that will satisfy even the pickiest little ones. If you're worried about the nutritional value of some of these dishes, don't be. We've made sure to add some healthy dinner recipes for those who want a more nutritious meal. With so many quick, easy recipes ahead, there are options that are seasonal for any time of the year.

herbes de provence shrimp with basil and pea couscous
Brian Woodcock
1 of 75
Herbes de Provence Shrimp with Basil and Pea Couscous

Simply seasoned with Herbes de Provence (a mix of herbs including marjarom, oregano, lavender, rosemary and tarragon) this quick meal is served with a flavorful lemony pea couscous.

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Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

The kids will come running when you serve-up this lightened version of a perennial favorite. Ground turkey or chicken replaces the usual ground beef, and a fresh cucumber onion relish tops it all off!

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quinoa chicken salad
Eat Drink Frollic
3 of 75
Quinoa Chicken Salad

Rich in protein from chicken, quinoa, and black beans and packed full of delicious veggies (spinach, sweet potatoes, and pickled onions), this hearty salad gets tossed with a colorful blood orange vinaigrette.

Get the recipe at Eat Drink Frolic.

quick easy dinner ideas Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill
BRIAN WOODCOCK
4 of 75
Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill

Adult and kid friendly, this fun pasta dish boasts loads of roasted salmon, fresh spring peas, and oodles of flavorful dill. And any leftovers (if there are any!) make for a delicious lunch.

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caramelized chicken vegetable stir fry
Beautiful Eats & Things
5 of 75
Caramelized Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry

Chockfull of veggies and protein-rich chicken, this super quick and colorful stir fry cooks up in no time!

Get the recipe at Beautiful Eats & Things.

quick easy dinner recipes shaved brussels sprouts salad
BRIAN WOODCOCK
6 of 75
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Looking for a meal that's both easy and healthy? You've found it in this option with Brussels sprouts and apple. If you want a little extra protein serve with grilled chicken breast or sautéed shrimp alongside.

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SHOP SALAD BOWLS

quick easy dinner recipes salmon panzanella
Brian Woodcock
7 of 75
Cucumber-Salmon Panzanella

Made with cucumbers and salmon, this salad is as refreshing as it is easy to put together. Add the toasted bread of your choice for a satisfying crunch.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

cod with caper brown butter
Food Is Love Made Edible
8 of 75
Cod with Caper Brown Butter

Seasoned with warm spices and slathered in a briny caper-and-brown butter sauce these flaky cod fillets are ideal for a quick weeknight dinner. Round out the meal with creamy grits and roasted Broccolini.

Get the recipe at Food Is Love Made Edible.

quick easy dinner recipes grilled sausages
BRIAN WOODCOCK
9 of 75
Grilled Sausages

Your summer dinners can be a breeze too. Either fire up the grill or use a grill plate to create this warm-weather dish.

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SHOP GRILL PLATES

sweet potato chorizo noodle soup
Dash Of Jazz
10 of 75
Sweet Potato Chorizo Noodle Soup

Warm, cozy, and hearty, this one-pot egg noodle soup is packed full of flavor from spiced-filled chorizo and veggies, including spinach and sweet potato.

Get the recipe at Dash of Jazz.

best chicken thighs weeknight dinner
Brian Woodcock
11 of 75
Crispy Chicken Thighs With Garlic and Rosemary

Your whole family will fall in love with these crispy chicken thighs (emphasis on "crispy"). Garlic and rosemary make them as aromatic as they are delicious. Serve with a fresh green salad for an extra touch of green.

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SHOP CAST-IRON SKILLETS

quick dinner ideas tossed salad with green goddess dressing
Brian Woodcock
12 of 75
Tossed Salad With Green Goddess Dressing

No matter what you're serving as the entrée, this salad will complement it wonderfully (or just top it with protein to be your main meal). It's filled with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a homemade dressing.

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SHOP SALAD SERVERS

quick dinner ideas hot dogs with quick cast iron beans
Brian Woodcock
13 of 75
Hot Dogs With Quick Cast-Iron Beans

You and your significant other can tag team making this meal. While one person cooks the beans on the cast iron skillet, someone else can char the hot dogs on an indoor or outdoor grill. After all, teamwork makes the dream work!

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SHOP CAST-IRON SKILLETS

strip steak mashed potatoes quick dinner idea
BRIAN WOODCOCK
14 of 75
Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes

We love this flavorful spin on the tried-and-true steak and potatoes dinner. Not only is it a quick dinner idea, but it'll satisfy the whole family too.

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SHOP LARGE SKILLETS

easy dinners pork chops
Brian Woodcock
15 of 75
Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops

You might have to make a double—or even triple—batch of this whiskey-infused sauce. It's that good.

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SHOP GRILLS

chicken pot pie recipe
Brian Woodcock
16 of 75
Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie

Throw your pot pie ingredients into a single saucepan and let the stove do the work.

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SHOP MASON JARS

skillet chicken with brussels sprouts and apples
Brian Woodcock
17 of 75
Skillet Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Sweeten skillet chicken with brown sugar and roasted apples.

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SHOP SLOTTED SPOONS

chipotle chicken fajitas
Brian Woodcock
18 of 75
Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

These spicy chicken fajitas take barely any time to make and require just one cast iron skillet. (Plus they taste great!)

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

blackened chicken with fennel slaw
Brian Woodcock
19 of 75
Blackened Chicken with Fennel Slaw

A fennel, avocado, and red onion slaw lightens up smoky chicken cutlets.

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SHOP PLATES

butternut squash ravioli with seared chicken
Brian Woodcock
20 of 75
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Seared Chicken

Pack some protein into a butternut squash ravioli dish with sliced seared chicken.

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SHOP SAUCEPANS

sloppy joe recipe
Brian Woodcock
21 of 75
Sloppy Joes with Pickled Okra Slaw

Crispy onions rings and a homemade pickled slaw bring some crunch to your favorite sloppy joes.

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jerk chicken mango lettuce cups
Brian Woodcock
22 of 75
Jerk Chicken and Mango Lettuce Cups

Butter lettuce cups are the new tortilla—and spicy ground chicken and juicy mango is your new favorite taco filling.

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roasted parmesan chicken and tomatoes
Brian Woodcock
23 of 75
Roasted Parmesan Chicken and Tomatoes

Bursting Campari tomatoes add some juicy sweetness to breaded chicken cutlets.

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chicken with roasted carrots couscous
Brian Woodcock
24 of 75
Crispy Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Couscous

This dish makes the case for cooking your carrots with the stem on—how pretty are they?

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cornflake chicken tenders with potatoes and peas
Brian Woodcock
25 of 75
Cornflake Chicken Tenders with Potatoes and Peas

Use the kiddos' favorite cereal to make an easy and quick breading for chicken.

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italian potato wedge nachos 
Brian Woodcock
26 of 75
Italian Potato Wedge Nachos

Tomatoes, basil, and melted mozz upgrade potato wedges to the max.

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Butternut Squash and Chicken Chili

Give this go-to chili recipe some fall flair with seasonal squash.

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Emily Kate Roehmer
28 of 75
Roast Pork with Winter Veggies

Tomatoes and fennel seeds flavor this pork dish, while sweet potatoes and white beans add color and crunch to Swiss chard.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

chicken legs with brocolini
Brian Woodcock
29 of 75
Dijon-Smothered Chicken Legs with Broccolini

Dijon mustard makes everything—yep, even drumsticks—tastier.

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chicken skewers with cucumber salad 
Brian Woodcock
30 of 75
Grilled Spiced Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Salad

Cool down Indian-inspired chicken kebabs with a refreshing cucumber and mint salad.

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