What's for Dinner? 22 Weeknight Recipes to Make in May (Including a Few Extra-Special Seafood Dishes)
There's plenty of plant-based, poultry, and red meat meals, too!
In a weeknight dinner rut? You're in luck! This month, we're highlighting our favorite fish and seafood recipes, along with plenty of other family-friendly meals that are plant-based or made with chicken, lamb, beef, or pork.
Start the month off with our recipe for Crisp Grilled Salmon with Fennel-Olive Relish. Now that the weather is warmer, break out your grill for this super impressive, yet super simple dish. The whole recipe comes together in just over half an hour, will feed a family of four, and tastes spectacular. Use the relish as a garnish for the salmon and serve a salad with fennel, avocado, and oranges, which complements the anise and citrus flavors of the entrée.
Another delicious grilled seafood recipe that makes for a great weeknight dinner for the whole family is our Greek Shrimp Skewers with Chopped-Zucchini Salad, pictured here. Peeled large shrimp are grilled along with zucchini, onions, and lemons; the vegetables are tossed with feta cheese and the juice from the charred lemons, then served over couscous.
If the weather isn't quite nice enough to cook outdoors, make Whole Baked Trout with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes. This entrée is prepared and baked in one pan, which means minimal clean-up, plus it's a truly delicious dinner. Coconut-Curry Shrimp and Couscous can also be made in one pan—a straight-sided skillet—and takes less than 20 minutes to cook. It has a kick to it thanks to red curry paste, so be sure to warn your family before they dig in.
In less than one hour, you can prepare any of these delicious family-friendly recipes for dinner tonight.
Crisp Grilled Salmon with Fennel-Olive Relish
Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs"
You won't miss the meat on this meatless Monday, thanks to hearty eggplant meatballs—made with cannellini beans, panko breadcrumbs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano—and served with spaghetti pomodoro. This is a lighter, healthier version of a beloved Italian-American classic.
Zucchini, Lamb, and Summer Squash with Buttermilk Dill Marinade
Prep this flavorful dinner the night before (the lamb should marinate in a buttermilk and dill sauce overnight). Then thread the meat and vegetables onto skewers and grill until charred and flavorful.
Big-time flavor and lots of hearty ingredients are packed into this one-pan dinner. Start by sautéing chicken thighs and Italian sausage links, then add aromatics like garlic, shallots, rosemary, and hot pickled cherry peppers. Finish by roasting everything in the oven for 15 minutes, so that the flavors can marry.
Pad See Ew
Whole Baked Trout with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes
Soba and Sweet Potatoes in Miso-Lime Broth
Crispy Chicken Nuggets
Broiled Salmon with Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms
Salmon is one of everyone's favorite varieties of fish because it's packed with omega-3 fatty acids, has plenty of flavor, and is such a beautiful bright pink color. Here, it's served with asparagus and shiitakes, which are tossed in a combination of soy sauce, sugar, and lemon juice for subtle Asian flavor.
Broken Spaghetti with Chorizo, Manchego and Scallions
You don't need to travel abroad to get a taste of Spain. Spicy chorizo is seared in a skillet with garlic, scallions, fennel, and broken pieces of spaghetti (which cooks faster than rice!), then everything simmers with canned tomatoes until the mixture is juicy, fragrant, and fully cooked through. The final touch is big shavings of Manchego cheese on top.
Coconut-Curry Shrimp and Couscous
In just 20 minutes and with one skillet, you can make a Thai-inspired meal for your family. It pairs unexpected ingredients like red curry paste alongside familiar foods like shrimp, cocktail tomatoes, and frozen peas.
Chilaquiles Egg Bake
A fast family-friendly meal that looks a lot like nachos and tastes even better. Purée a can of diced tomatoes and chile peppers to create a quick sauce, then transfer to a skillet, top with tortilla chips and cracked eggs, and bake until set.
Broiled Pork Chops With Yellow-Pepper Puttanesca
This colorful dinner comes together in just 20 minutes. Toss bell peppers and cocktail tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet, then nestle bone-in pork chops between the vegetables. Broil, then scatter Kalamata olives and capers evenly over the vegetables, and continue to cook for five minutes.
Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup
For a fresh, spring-like chicken soup that's also pure comfort, try this 20-minute dinner. Pre-made ingredients like store-bought chicken stock, shredded cooked chicken (you can buy a rotisserie chicken or make your own), and prepared pesto make this meal super-fast to put together.
There's some serious heat in this ground pork and tofu-based entrée. If you're trying to cut back on takeout, or just want to learn how to successfully stir-fry, you'll love this dinner.
Salmon Nicoise with Caper Dressing
This hearty and healthy salad is super colorful—but that's just one of the reasons why we love it. Nestle cucumbers, slices of corn on the cob, baby yellow potatoes, and seared salmon fillets on each plate then top with a briny, salty dressing for the most delicious, crisp dinner.
Tagliatelle with Mashed Peas and Pecorino
Three cheers for springtime! Make the most of seasonal produce with this rich and creamy pasta recipe. It calls for shelled English peas but substitute frozen peas if you can't wait for fresh. And it comes together in 30 minutes, which is good because we can't wait a second longer to dig in.
Bacon, Potato, and Swiss Chard Scramble
Grilled Fish Kebabs with Shaved Zucchini
Spring is here and that means one thing: grilling season! Thread cubed fish (we prefer swordfish or salmon for this recipe), cherry tomatoes, and red onion onto skewers to grill. Serve with a crisp salad made with leafy greens and peas or asparagus, both of which are in season now.
Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice
Broiled Coconut-and-Lime-Crusted Shrimp With Rice-Noodle Salad
Let's hear a round of applause for this under-30 minute dinner that offers a taste of the tropics when you can't get away on vacation. Serve shrimp, coated with breadcrumbs and unsweetened shredded coconut, with a lively salad that includes radishes, jalapeño, hot-pepper jelly, and avocado.