30+ Quick & Easy Main Dishes to Make Tonight
Even if you’re short on time you can still sit down to a comforting home-cooked dinner any night of the week. The key is choosing the right recipe. To help you get started, we gathered our best easy dinner ideas in one place. These simple but satisfying easy dinner recipes don’t require much advance prep or a long cooking time, so you’ll be sitting down to eat before you know it. Choose from Southern favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, Smothered Chicken, and Salmon Croquettes. Or try something new like Pasta with Shrimp and Tomato Cream Sauce, Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers, or Quesadillas al Pastor. In the mood for something light and healthy? Try our Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs or Lemon Pork Chops with Quinoa Salad. We also have several creative pork tenderloin and pork chop recipes, like our Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and our Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find a new favorite weeknight dinner.
Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
This ground beef recipe helps you make the most of your busy weeknights. You can make the patties ahead, then simply thaw them in the fridge overnight before using. You’ll love how the gravy keeps these moist and tender, while the onion adds just the right hint of sweetness and the garlic adds that little bit of spice. Mushrooms make this burger even richer, and sop up that gravy to make your burger even better. We love ground round for this burger. So get your skillet ready to brown this burger and cover it in sweet onion-mushroom gravy. You’ll love how good this burger tastes.
Recipe: Lemon Chicken
A reader-favorite main with a short ingredient list, this easy dish pairs well with crisp veggies and a side of rice for a delicious dinner.
Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes
This speedy fried dinner has all the flavors of the classic dish without so much fat.
Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Blistered Tomatoes
This kid-friendly twist on chicken piccata is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
Oven-roasted pork chops pair perfectly with tomato-bacon pan gravy and green beans in this easy and cozy dish.
Recipe: Chicken-fried Steak
Make this iconic Southern chicken-fried steak recipe and savor every bite of this simple and delicious dish. Serve with green beans, mashed potatoes, and plenty of gravy.
Italian Sausage Spaghetti
Recipe: Italian Sausage Spaghetti
Mix together spaghetti with sausage and peppers for a quick Italian meal that's sure to please the entire family.
Peppery Chicken Fried Chicken
Recipe: Peppery Chicken Fried Chicken
Quicker than your average fried chicken recipe, this ultimate Southern dish is a fast dinner that tastes like you took your time.
Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Recipe: Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Instead of getting takeout, make this easy at-home version complete with scrambled eggs.
Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Slaw and Chipotle Tartar Sauce
A total of 40 minutes is all you need to create this pan-fried fish with fresh slaw and spicy tartar sauce.
Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Cutlets with Roasted Broccoli
A combination of panko breadcrumbs, cornflakes cereal, and Parmesan cheese creates a perfectly crispy coating for these oven-fried cutlets.
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Pasta Primavera with Shrimp
Recipe: Pasta Primavera with Shrimp
Loaded with healthy vegetables, fresh shrimp, and a light sauce, this 30-minute pasta is a colorful as it is good for you.
Lemon Pork Chops with Quinoa Salad
Your family and guests will love these flavorful pork chops with a crunchy almond topping. It’s simple to make and highly flavorful. Lemons, sugar snap peas, and garlic make it perfect for summer, and the spices make a chop so flavorful that you won’t even need to marinate it prior to cooking. If you plan on serving it alongside a salad, double the vinaigrette recipe and use it to compliment the flavors found in the pork, quinoa, and snap beans. For perfectly fluffy quinoa, make sure that after simmering it, you let it stand, covered, to steam. After 10 minutes, fluff it with a fork.
Pasta with Shrimp and Tomato Cream Sauce
Bring a taste of the coast to your kitchen table in just 25 minutes. We recommend using fresh shrimp, not frozen, for the best flavor.
Boarding House Meatloaf
Recipe: Boarding House Meatloaf
Fresh and filling, this might be our most popular meatloaf rendition yet.
Grilled Steak with Blistered Beans and Peppers
A New York strip (also called a top sriloin) is one of the best cuts of meat for your cast iron skillet.
Quesadillas al Pastor Recipe
Recipe: Quesadillas al Pastor Recipe
Ready in just 30 minutes, this quesadilla recipe is the perfect crowd pleaser. For an easy side, melt a few tablespoons of butter with minced garlic and a dash of chili powder in a microwave-safe bowl; pour over boiled or grilled corn on the cob.
Baked Ziti with Sausage
Recipe: Baked Ziti with Sausage
Equal parts easy and cheesy, our Baked Ziti with Sausage is a guaranteed crowd pleaser that's ready in under an hour.
Snappy Smothered Chicken
Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe
You can prepare these kabobs up to two days in advance. All that's left is popping them onto the grill just before you're ready to serve.
Sheet Pan Pizza with Corn, Tomatoes, and Sausage
Pizza night just got tastier. The kids won't miss takeout with this loaded veggie pizza that's ready in under an hour.
Recipe: Steak-and-Potato Kebabs
No one can say no to a juicy steak kebab, especially when they only take 30 minutes to make.
Simple Salmon Croquettes
Recipes: Simple Salmon Croquettes
No buttermilk on hand? Make your own by combining 1 cup milk with 1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice. The results are the same.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Richard's Sloppy Joes
Recipe: Richard's Sloppy Joes
A childhood classic with a short ingredient list and fast cooking time - now that's a winning combination.
Buttery Garlic Shrimp
Recipe: Buttery Garlic Shrimp
An easy protein that pairs with everything from rice to pasta, this shrimp recipe is ready in just 15 minutes.
Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken
Recipe: Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken
It's quicker to cook than it looks. Make this whole roasted chicken at the beginning of the week, and you'll be able to incorporate leftovers into weeknight dishes for days.
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
With just four ingredients involved, it's simple to say this chicken recipe is as easy as it gets.
Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
This comforting casserole is easy to whip up on a weeknight, since it uses convenience products such as canned soup, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen peas.
Chicken Fried Turkey
Ranch Turkey Burgers
Recipe: Ranch Turkey Burgers
Eat on the lighter side without forfeiting taste with these tangy turkey burgers.
Fish Tacos and Topping Bar
Recipe: Fish Tacos and Topping Bar
A new twist for taco Tuesday, this recipes amps up the fun for family meals with a simple topping bar for your table.
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Recipe: Roasted Beef Tenderloin
This tender cut of beef is quick enough for everyday, but pretty enough for a party platter, too.