25 Easter Recipes You'll Want to Cook Every Year

Carrot and Spring Onion Toad in the Hole
Photo: Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Kathleen Cook Varner

Whether you're spending Easter dinner with only a few people or a larger group, you'll need plenty of great recipes to round out your menu. Here, we've pulled together our favorite dishes that will make every Easter celebration the best ever. For main courses, try this show-stopping grilled rack of lamb, impressive pork loin roast, or super juicy ham. For dessert, go big and bold with a Lemon Chiffon Cake with Blueberry-Coriander Buttercream, or flavor-packed Carrot and Orange Cake with Sour Cream Glaze. All of these recipes will give you a well-rounded and memorable Easter dinner year after year. Keep reading for the full spread.

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Spiced Brown Sugar Ham with Apple Jus

Spiced Brown Sugar Ham with Apple Jus
© Marcus Nilsson

The secret to this super-tender ham is keeping it wrapped in foil while it's cooking and resting, letting it reabsorb any moisture released during the cooking process. "If you can't pick up the foil-wrapped ham without burning yourself, then it's not done resting!" says chef Kevin Gillespie, of Revival in Decatur.

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Lemon Chiffon Cake with Blueberry-Coriander Buttercream

Lemon chiffon cake with blueberry coriander buttercream
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

Pastry chef Sasha Piligian starts this epic layer cake with two flavor-packed components—a tart-sweet Meyer lemon curd for the filling, and a coriander-spiced blueberry jam to flavor and tint the fluffy Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. The lemon curd and jam can be made ahead of time and stashed in the refrigerator, or you can substitute store-bought jam and lemon curd for equally beautiful results.

03 of 25

Potatoes au Gratin

Potatoes au Gratin
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Kay Clarke

In this rich, beautiful gratin, potatoes and onions are arranged in concentric circles, coated in a creamy cheese sauce, and topped off with a few more handfuls of shredded cheese. Cheddar and Gruyère work wonderfully here, but feel free to substitute with another one of your favorite melting cheeses, such as Fontina or Havarti. A quick run under the broiler at the end browns the top of the gratin for a little extra flavor and texture.

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Orange Liqueur Mimosa

Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

We're giving classic mimosas a twist by swapping out the traditional orange juice with splashes of homemade orange syrup and orange liqueur. The orange syrup can be made up to several weeks in advance and kept in the refrigerator; it can also be stirred into a glass of soda water for a non-alcoholic drink. When preparing the mimosas, make sure the syrup and sparkling wine are cold; chilled sparkling wine retains its bubbles better, resulting in a cleaner finish with less of a foamy mousse at the top of the drink.

05 of 25

Pomegranate-Jalapeño-Glazed Ham

Pomegranate-Jalapeño-Glazed Ham

Prepare a sweet-and-spicy glaze for a bone-in, spiral-cut smoked ham using store-bought jalapeño jelly with sweetened pomegranate juice. Whole cloves, Dijon mustard, cinnamon, and ground ginger add spice to this lightly caramelized masterpiece.

06 of 25

Parmesan-Crusted Smashed Potatoes

parmesan-crusted smashed potatoes
Photo by Will Dickey / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey

In this smashed potato recipe, new potatoes are boiled until tender, smashed with a measuring cup, then smothered on both sides with a flavorful mixture of roasted garlic, Parmesan, and fragrant rosemary. After roasting, the potatoes emerge from the oven crispy and cheesy—serve them as a side dish, or as an appetizer topped with a little crème fraîche and caviar. Be sure to let them cool 10 minutes before serving, since the coating will crisp as it cools.

07 of 25

Roasted Carrots with Beet Puree, Goat Cheese, and Hazelnuts

Roasted Carrots with Beet Puree, Goat Cheese, and Hazelnuts
Victor Protasio

Suzanne Goin, the chef at the famed Lucques in Los Angeles, serves these carrots, roasted and topped with a tangy beet puree, goat cheese, and toasted hazelnuts, as a celebration of produce and flavor. If Spanish Monte Enebro is not available, substitute French Ovalie Cendrée or fresh chèvre.

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Caviar-Topped Deviled Eggs

Caviar-Topped Deviled Eggs
Caitlin Bensel

No Easter is complete without an egg dish, and these caviar-topped deviled eggs are the perfect party hors d'oeuvres. They get a briny kick from a splash of olive juice.

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Baked Asparagus

Baked Asparagus
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Here, asparagus is first baked with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and garlic, then coated with parmesan butter during the last few minutes of cooking, creating a creamy, luxurious sauce as it finishes baking. When you add the parmesan butter, be sure to toss until a sauce is formed to prevent the cheese from forming clumps as it cooks. The asparagus makes a gorgeous side dish to serve with fish, chicken, pork, or really any protein you like.

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Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls Recipe
Victor Protasio

No big feast is complete without great dinner rolls, and this batch is made with sweet potatoes as a twist on the usual. Brush them with butter fresh out of the oven and serve.

11 of 25

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Demi-Glace Butter

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Demi Glace Butter Recipe
Johnny Autry

A thick paste of garlic, shallots, and herbs infuses this lamb with bold flavor; marinate overnight for best results. Don't skip the demi-butter and the balsamic glaze; both recipe components come together quickly, can be made ahead, and add game-changing flavor to this epic feast.

12 of 25

Shepherd's Pie

shepherd's pie
Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

This British classic is both hearty and perfect for a late spring gathering. Chef Tom Aikens infuses milk and cream with fresh herbs before folding them into the potatoes to make the dish especially luxurious.

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Root Vegetable Tian

Root Vegetable Tian Recipe
Greg DuPree

The layered vegetables in this tian are the perfect side for a colorful and delicious Easter spread. The garlicky topping makes for a savory element for a often sweet holiday menu.

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Pasta Salad with Feta and Herbs

Pasta Salad with Feta and Herbs Recipe
Eric Wolfinger

This Southern-inspired pasta salad from chef Mason Hereford's Turkey and the Wolf gets a touch of tangy heat from hot sauce and loads of crunch from nutty sunflower seeds. Use Duke's mayonnaise for an extra-tangy bite to the dressing. This colorful, eclectic pasta will fit in well with any Easter brunch spread.

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Pork Loin Roast with Caramelized Onions and White Wine–Dijon Sauce

Pork Loin Roast with Caramelized Onions and White Wine-Dijon Sauce
Charissa Fay

It's important to make sure that the pork roast has enough air circulating around it (especially underneath) as it cooks, so use a roasting pan fitted with a rack to elevate the meat as it cooks. To finish, the white wine–dijon sauce gets fortified with accumulated pork juices and unsalted butter.

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Hot Honey–Carrot Flatbreads with Basil Chermoula

Hot Honey-Carrot Flatbreads with Basil Chermoula
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

The former chef of 232 Bleecker in New York City, Gramercy Tavern alumna Suzanne Cupps gives silky, sweet-spicy honey-glazed roasted carrots the main-dish treatment, serving them atop ricotta-smeared flatbread with a drizzle of bright basil chermoula. Use leftover chermoula to top sliced tomatoes, grilled eggplant, or tofu

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Lemon-and-Pickled-Pepper-Glazed Ham

Lemon-and-Pickled-Pepper-Glazed Ham
© James Baigrie

Any pickled pepper will work in this recipe, but former Food & Wine editor Grace Parisi loves hot Peppadew peppers for their fruity flavor and sweet-and-sour brine. Since the heat level of pickled peppers can vary greatly, you might want to add them gradually while making the glaze.

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Campari-Fennel Aperitif


If you're looking for a cocktail as a palate cleanser or a drink to lighten everyone's mood, a spritzer aperitif is the way to go.

19 of 25

Carrot and Spring Onion Toad-in-the-Hole

Carrot and Spring Onion Toad in the Hole
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Kathleen Cook Varner

The traditional toad-in-the-hole consists of whole sausages cooked in an egg-and-flour batter. This recipe delivers a taste of the British classic but stars tender baby carrots and spring onions for a flavorful, vegetable-forward spring twist.

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Lamb Shoulder Chops with Herb and Sunflower Seed Salad

Lamb Shoulder Chops with Herb and Sunflower Seed Salad
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Lamb shoulder chops cook quickly; they're a very forgiving cut that's perfect for outdoor grilling. Here, F&W Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple pairs the grilled lamb with a simple salad of parsley, cilantro, dill, mint, chives, and crunchy sunflower seeds—the tender herbs are a fresh foil for the lamb.

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Carrot and Orange Cake with Sour Cream Glaze

Carrot Cake Recipe
Antonis Achilleos

What is Easter without carrot cake? Chopped pieces of dried apricots and candied orange peels give each slice of cake a spot of unexpected fruit sweetness, while the pistachios add texture to the soft cake. Serve it with a cup of warm tea or coffee to complete the experience.

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Asparagus and Spring Onion Salad with Seven-Minute Eggs

Asparagus and Spring Onion Salad with Seven Minute Eggs
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Kathleen Cook Varner

Spring onions are the sweetest alliums of the year, and they play well in this salad with first of-the-season asparagus and tender lettuces. Soy and ginger team up with sherry vinegar in the tangy dressing that's perfect with the rich, jammy egg yolks. If spring onions aren't available, substitute scallions.

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Potato-Leek Soup

Everybody Soup Recipe
Victor Protasio

You can serve this soup so many different ways: with a dollop of crème fraîche and smoked salmon, topped with roasted broccoli florets and shredded cheddar cheese, or simply plain, as it has a mellow, delicious flavor on its own.

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Creamy Vegan Pasta with Greens, Peas, and Lemon Zest

Green Pasta in purple bowls
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Kathleen Varner / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey

Quickly blanched greens and sizzling scallions and garlic meet in a surprisingly creamy vegan sauce for pasta, with a touch of white miso for added depth. Feel free to top with your favorite grated plant-based cheese, or just enjoy it all on its own.

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Hot Cross Buns

Jen Causey

These cozy yeast-raised buns are a classic for Easter—rich with spices and orange zest and studded with dried fruit, they make an unforgettable addition to a holiday brunch. They're equally good for breakfast any day, alongside a cup of coffee or tea.

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