14 One-Pot Dinner Recipes for Spring Starring Asparagus, Peas, and Other Seasonal Favorites
These fresh and satisfying meals come together fast and require minimal cleanup. Try our one-pot dinner recipes just right for spring including shrimp with spicy green rice, creamy lemon chicken, and steak and asparagus stir fry.
As the seasons change, so do our cravings, yet we still search for dinner recipes that taste great but don't require a ton of work. In celebration of spring, we've put together a collection of lighter, fresher one-pot recipes that pair salmon, chicken, shrimp, pasta, and more with the best produce of the season: asparagus, peas, potatoes, artichokes, greens, and fresh herbs. The Spring Chicken Niçoise that's seen here is the perfect example. This recipe, and all of the dishes ahead, layer flavor into each step, using the one pot rule to its advantage rather than seeing it as a restriction. Follow these recipes for satisfying seasonal dinners that come together fast with minimal cleanup.
Start the spring off with skillet meals that deliciously fill the gap between winter stews and summer sautés. Try our Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichoke—it's as crowd-pleasing as the dip it was inspired by. For a fresh take on lamb stew, try this lighter version with bulgur, white beans, and spinach, finished with a pop of briny feta cheese. Next, turn up the heat with some of our fastest one-pot meals: stir fries. Contrast the heat from the wok in our Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry recipe with delicate spring lettuce leaves and fresh herbs to make handheld lettuce cups. Rather than cooking steak fillets with sides, opt for a seven-ingredient steak stir fry with crisp-tender asparagus.
Then move to dishes brimming with comforting carbs for the days when you crave something heartier. Indulge in baked salmon over a creamy bacon and radicchio orzo or a shrimp dinner that's risotto-like in look and texture but features flavor-packed ingredients like Thai chiles and fish sauce. Of course, we couldn't leave out pasta; try a pea and gnocchi combination that's topped with a soft-boiled egg or campanelle with a bright pistachio-mint pesto and asparagus. These ideas just spark the appetite, continue on for more inspiration and delicious one-pot dinners just right for spring.
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes
Attention spinach and artichoke dip fans: This chicken dinner is for you. Inspired by the masterful dip, this bright lemony chicken with—you guessed it!—spinach and artichoke is cooked in a cream cheese and chicken broth; the result is a creamy sauce that is light enough to justify tucking in for a hefty portion. Get super seasonal and swap in fresh steamed artichoke hearts and bunch spinach from the farmers' market if you can but know that this dinner is great just as it is.
Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup
While spring brings hopes of warmer days, the start of the season still has a chill in the air and is perfect for delicate, restorative soups. This super quick recipe simmers angel hair pasta and rotisserie chicken in a sunny colored turmeric-ginger broth. Pile on microgreens for a touch of green—try different varieties like radish, cilantro, or beet to slightly adjust the flavor profile and keep this soup exciting.
Shrimp with Spicy Green Rice
Spring is all about green and this soupy rice and shrimp dish is no exception. It's a little like risotto, but instead of Italian spices, this dish takes its flavor cues from Asian ingredients—umami-packed fish sauce, fiery Thai chiles, and ginger—and its bright green hue from basil, cilantro, and peas.
Pork, Mushroom, and Artichoke Fricassee
Build incredible flavor by cooking this pork fricassee with wild mushrooms and artichokes in one skillet, which lets all the ingredients contribute to the final dish. Cooking pork cutlets is so easy, too—by the time these thin cuts are golden, the meat will be cooked through.
Campanelle with Pistachio-Mint Pesto, Asparagus, and Cherry Tomatoes
Fast cooking is all about strategy and we've got ours down pat with this one-pot pasta. While the pasta and asparagus are cooking, blend up the pistachio-mint pesto. Then combine everything in a large bowl and add the cherry tomatoes. It's a colorful and tasty spring masterpiece meal.
Baked Salmon and Creamy Orzo
Nestle fillets of salmon right into a creamy bacon-y orzo studded with colorful radicchio and flavored with coriander. Not a fan of this bitter lettuce? Then stir in any spring green you like instead or try chopped escarole, which is fantastic in the spring.
Creamy Asparagus Chicken
Sautéed leeks, white wine, and chicken broth create a flavorful base for this one-skillet braised chicken dinner. Add a touch of heavy cream at the end for a luxurious finish. Just know that the actual stars here are the seasonal additions—crisp-tender asparagus and tiny red potatoes.
Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans
Lamb is at its most tender during the spring months, which means this season is when you should enjoy the protein in this quick cooking stew that's topped with briny feta. To make the stew more seasonal, substitute the spinach for your favorite baby spring greens—we love tender baby Swiss chard and baby Tuscan kale.
Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry
Delicate spring lettuces such as Bibb and Boston are a welcome addition to the dinner repertoire after a winter of heartier greens. But rather than jump right into salads, savor this nutty Asian-inspired turkey stir fry with a side of lettuce leaves and tender spring herbs for handheld lettuce wrappers.
Wild Salmon, Asparagus, and Shiitakes in Parchment
Here's a mess-proof cooking method that takes one-pot meals to new level. There's no pot here at all: Instead, each piece of salmon is cooked in a self-contained parchment packet along with asparagus and shiitake mushrooms. As the fish bakes, it also steams inside, staying moist and tender.
Gnocchi with Peas and Egg
Follow the game plan in this recipe to cook this restaurant-worthy gnocchi dish entirely in one pot. Yes, the gnocchi, peas, arugula and egg all cook in the same vessel. Slice the soft-boiled egg open on top of each serving, letting the yolk ooze into the dish for a silky finish.
Spring Pea Soup with Asparagus and Potatoes
The spring power trio of asparagus, English peas, and snap peas create a tasty and satisfying soup when paired with potatoes. Simmering a Parmesan rind in the broth adds the robust flavor of this salty Italian cheese to every bite.
Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry
You might think twice about ordering takeout after trying this seasonal asparagus and steak combination, an entrée with less than 10 ingredients that comes together quickly. Make sure to measure and prep everything before you start cooking—once you turn on the heat, the recipe moves fast.