17 Fast Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights
Grilled Salmon with Melted Tomatoes
Jalapeños not only garnish this sweet-smoky grilled salmon but also infuse the oil used to sauté the tomatoes.
Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino
Barbara Lynch stuffs branzino with lemons and herbs, then grills it until the skin is browned and crispy to add even more flavor.
Sizzling Shrimp Scampi
Scampi refers to shrimp that are split, brushed with garlicky butter and broiled. The recipe here calls for flavoring butter with lemon, garlic, parsley and thyme, then dotting it liberally on shrimp and roasting the shellfish until it sizzles.
Hanger Steak with Herb-Nut Salsa
Naomi Pomeroy takes a version of the salsa verde from Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Vegetables and adds in toasted hazelnuts, plus double the herbs. Then, she serves it with medium-rare hanger steak for a quick, yet flavorful meal.
Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches
This sandwich is perfect for summer, combining fresh tomatoes, grilled eggplant, basil, and buffalo mozzarella.
Summer Farro Salad
Marco Canora says you can swap in any starch—like bread or pasta—for the farro in this recipe.
Spring Onion and Salami Sheet-Pan Pizza
When making sheet-pan pizza, bring the dough to room temperature before shaping. This ensures the gluten is relaxed and the dough doesn’t shrink from the pan edges.
Cod with Lemony Leeks, Snap Peas, and Herbs
In this dish, cod is quickly cooked in a skillet then given the elegant upgrade it deserves. Leeks take a quick bath in a broth composed of white wine and chicken broth, and snap peas get the briefest of simmers so they maintain their fresh texture. Butter is swirled in at the end to slightly thicken up the sauce, as well as some lemon juice for brightness.
Knife-and-Fork Grilled Cheese with Honey
Chef Chris Cosentino proves here that you can elevate the humble grilled cheese sandwich into something magical with just a few tweaks. His buttery, crisp version is filled with luscious Taleggio cheese, then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with flaky salt and coarsely ground black pepper. It’s so simple, but also jaw-droppingly good.
Salmon and Cherry Tomato Skewers with Rosemary Vinaigrette
Cook these simple salmon-and-tomato kebabs on skewers or even on sturdy rosemary sprigs.
Steak Au Poivre with Red Wine Pan Sauce
Red wine pan sauce is an amalgamation of fond (those browned bits left in the pan after searing meat), shallots, broth, good-quality red wine, and a few pats of butter to bind it all together and thicken it to a syrupy consistency. A perfect interplay of acid from the wine and sumptuous fat, the sauce is an ideal accompaniment to a peppercorn-crusted rib eye steak.
Orzo and Chickpeas with Turmeric-Ginger Broth
Coconut milk and fresh lime juice are natural flavor partners to ginger and turmeric; here they come together to form a restorative tea-based broth that’s delicious studded with chickpeas and pasta.
Roasted Merguez Sausage with Apples and Onions
For this sheet pan dinner, use Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples, which hold their shape better during roasting that other varieties. Plus, their pleasant sweetness balances the intensely spiced merguez sausage.
Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing
This refreshingly crunchy salad makes for an excellent spring lunch or super quick dinner.
Florentine Butter Chicken
This recipe is inspired by Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis’ trip to 150-year-old Trattoria Sostanza in Florence. The best part? It’s ready in 20 minutes.
Chef Zoi Antonitsas is passionate about preserved fish. The salty, briny fillets are her favorite powerhouse pantry ingredient. They can make almost anything into a meal—and a delicious one at that. Use high-quality tins, like Matiz España brand, for the best results.
Kimchi Fried Rice with Spicy Shrimp-and-Sesame Sauce
Chef Roy Choi’s Kimchi Fried Rice is the best way to reinvigorate day-old rice with spicy, potent kimchi. The kimchi actually sweetens when heated and adds not only its signature funk, tang, and spice but also a delicious crunch. The briny, spicy dipping sauce is the perfect punchy accompaniment.