Our Most Popular 30-Minute Meals
From one-pan pasta to pan-seared steak, these dinner recipes come together in a flash.
On nights when you're pressed for time but still want to serve your family a delicious dinner, these 30-minute meals are just what you need. But these aren't just any quick weeknight dishes—these recipes are our most popular of all time, which means they're the 30-minute dishes that our readers have come back to time and time again, such as the Cioppino that's pictured here. This elegant seafood stew looks like a labor of love, but it comes together in just half an hour and features a spectacular display of shrimp, king crab legs, littleneck clams, and firm white fish. It's our favorite recipe for holidays and special occasions because it looks impressive, but won't require you to stand over a stove for hours.
If you're looking for a less expensive, family-friendly dinner option for weeknights, we have plenty of simple pasta recipes such as basic spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, and our beloved one-pan pasta recipe. In that simple meal, linguine cooks in a large straight-sided skillet with cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh basil. The starchy pasta water naturally forms a thickened sauce that gets even creamier when Parmesan cheese is sprinkled on top.
In this collection, you'll also find easy ways to cook protein such as steak, salmon, mussels, and chicken that you can pair with a quick salad or side dish recipe. Our most popular 30-minute cooking methods including pan-searing, roasting, grilling, and baking.
We promise that you (and your entire family) will love these 30-minute recipes—everyone else already does!
Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine
Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs
Make spaghetti and meatballs in just 30-minutes with this recipe. The meatballs are made from a combination of ground beef chuck, breadcrumbs, chopped fresh parsley, grated Parmesan, and garlic, then sautéed until golden brown.
A sweet-savory glaze made from light brown sugar, olive oil, soy sauce, and fresh lemon juice pairs so well with salmon. The fillets only need 15 minutes to bake in the oven. Serve them alongside a fast side dish such as our Quick Carrots and Snap Peas with Lemony Mustard Dressing.
Chicken with Mushrooms
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Keep things simple and so delicious with this understated pasta recipe. Spaghetti is tossed with a homemade uncooked tomato sauce made from ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley, and garlic. It's the perfect meal thanks to the balance of fresh and comforting flavors.
15-Minute Lentil Soup
Sautéed Chicken in Mustard-Cream Sauce
Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach
Every ingredient in this recipe serves a delicious purpose—toasted walnuts bring crunch, parsley and cilantro add a vibrant green color, goat cheese adds creaminess and tang, and lemon brings the brightness.
Pork Fried Rice
Roasted Salmon with White-Wine Sauce
A lovely sauce enhances the salmon in this 30-minute dinner. Just whisk flour, white wine, and melted butter together in a skillet and cook just until the alcohol has evaporated and the sauce has fully thickened. Pour over roasted salmon fillets for a fancy yet fast dinner.
Mussels in White Wine and Garlic
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders
Kids and adults alike will adore these chicken tenders—a single fresh sage leaf is placed on each chicken tender, and then they are wrapped in bacon and seared in a skillet until they are all crispy on the outside and fully cooked through.
Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa
We're a little biased but we think serving spicy chicken with deconstructed guacamole (chopped avocados, diced red onions, and fresh lime juice) is totally genius.
Panko-Breaded Fish Sticks
Skip the frozen version and make these breaded fish sticks from scratch using sole, a mild and delicate type of white fish that everyone will love. The crispy coating is made using panko breadcrumbs, which crisp up beautifully when pan-seared.
Breaded Chicken Breasts
Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon
Sea scallops contain less water than bay scallops, which means they'll get a lovely golden-brown sear when cooked in a skillet. We've kept things super simple by serving them with lemon wedges.
Vegetarian Black-Bean Chili
Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup
Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine
Kids will love the fun corkscrew-shaped pasta and adults will love the healthy benefits of salmon and spinach in this 30-minute dinner recipe—it's a win-win!