Dinner's Done in 20 Minutes (or Less!) with These Lightning-Fast Recipes

These chicken, pasta, seafood, and soup recipes are ready at record speed.

When it comes to weeknight cooking, our motto is usually the quicker, the better—and these dinner recipes definitely fit the bill. They're all ready in 20 minutes or fewer (some, as little as 12 to 15 minutes) but are still packed with flavor. Think soothing soups like orzo and chickpeas with turmeric-ginger broth, teriyaki shrimp and bok choy stir-fry, pastas, and frittata, too, in case you were craving breakfast for dinner. With 12 to choose from, you'll have plenty to try out on your next busy night.

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Greg DuPree

Five-Herb Frittata with Prosciutto and Parmesan

Five-Herb Frittata with Prosciutto and Parmesan
John Kernick

Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea, especially if it's ready in 15 minutes. Such is the case with Nancy Silverton's five-herb frittata, filled with mint, parsley, chives, oregano, and thyme.

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Orzo and Chickpeas with Turmeric-Ginger Broth

Orzo and Chickpeas with Turmeric-Ginger Broth
Victor Protasio

This soothing, restorative soup uses turmeric-ginger tea bags (yes, tea bags!), unsweetened coconut milk, and lime juice to create a base for the broth. The 20-minute recipe yields two servings, but it's easy to scale depending on your needs.

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Shrimp Wedge Salad with Old Bay Breadcrumbs and Hot Sauce Dressing

Shrimp Wedge Salad with Old Bay Breadcrumbs and Hot Sauce Dressing Recipe
Greg DuPree

This dish is a mashup between a wedge salad and a po'boy sandwich, with breadcrumbs toasted in Old Bay–infused oil and a Crystal hot sauce–spiked dressing.

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Three-Pepper Cacio e Pepe

Three Pepper Cacio e Pepe
Victor Protasio

Liv Mervosh uses crushed pink peppercorns, coarsely ground Tellicherry pepper, and ground Szechuan pepper in this take on cacio e pepe—you can swap the Szechuan pepper with a pinch of red pepper flakes if you want.

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Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard.
In matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater created a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors, perfect for a cool fall or winter evening. © Greg DuPree

Nigel Slater's mustard pasta (yes, mustard pasta!) is another recipe with a small ingredient list (just eight, including staples like olive oil and crushed red pepper) and a correspondingly quick cook time.

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Creamy Lemon Pasta

Creamy Lemon Pasta
Victor Protasio

This bright and creamy pasta will transport you to Italy's Amalfi Coast, studded with Meyer lemon supremes for a pop of tartness.

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Florentine Butter Chicken

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Greg DuPree

Our Florentine butter chicken recipe was inspired by Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis' trip to Trattoria Sostanz in Florence, Italy. Breaded chicken is cooked and basted in cultured butter in a skillet, with a splash of lemon juice in the sauce as the finishing touch.

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Lamb Chops Sizzled with Garlic

lamb chops sizzled with garlic
© James Baigrie

Sizzled in extra-virgin olive oil with 10 garlic cloves, these flavorful lamb chops are ready in 20 minutes.

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Steak Au Poivre with Red Wine Pan Sauce

Steak au Poivre with Red Wine Sauce
Justin Walker

Believe it or not, our steak au poivre and red-wine pan sauce recipe only takes 20 minutes. The sauce is a mix of the browned bits in the skillet, plus shallots, broth, red wine, and butter, the perfect balance of acid and fat.

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Grilled King Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish

Grilled King Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish Recipe
Victor Protasio

Suzanne Goin pairs the buttery, rich flavor of grilled King salmon with a floral and lightly acidic salsa. The salsa would also be tasty on grilled lamb, chicken, or pork, so make sure you save any leftovers.

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Scallops with Fennel Grenobloise

Scallops with Fennel Grenobloise (12 minutes)
Quick-cooking scallops are excellent with sweet fennel and a buttery lemon-caper sauce.

Our readers gave these scallops a resounding five-star rating, and, considering they're ready in just 12 minutes, it makes sense. They're paired with sweet fennel and a buttery lemon-caper sauce.

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Teriyaki Shrimp and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

Teriyaki Shrimp and Bok Choy Stir Fry

A quick stir-fry is great for weeknights. Todd Porter and Diane Cu's recipe calls for baby bok choy, ginger, shrimp, sake or dry vermouth, rice vinegar, and more.

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