19 Fancy Dinners That Secretly Take 30 Minutes or Less

The problem: You want to cook a delicious dinner (that’s seasonal, gorgeous and trendy, darn it), but you don’t want to spend tons of precious time slaving over a stove. The solution: Any one of these meals, which look like they’re straight out of your favorite foodie Instagram account…but are actually ready in 30 minutes or less.

30 One-Pot, 30-Minute Dinner Recipes for Lazy Nights

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Linguine With Bacon, Peaches And Gorgonzola

Our favorite party trick? Pairing salty with sweet.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza With Zucchini And Bell Peppers

Psst, it starts with flatbread.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Make-ahead Aloo Gobi

Yes, you can whip up restaurant-quality Indian food.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30-minute One-pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

Ina, is that you?

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Easy Skillet Linguine With Trumpet Mushroom ‘scallops’

Pretty darn neat.

Weeknight Society

Sage-barley Risotto With Butternut Squash

This quick-cooking grain packs 18 whole grams of protein per serving.

Helen Cathcart/Tuscany

Zucchini & Tomato Ragù

Your Nonna would be proud.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30-minute Cheater’s Beef Stroganoff

Straight out of the French countryside.


Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Leave room for seconds.

JerneJ Kitchen

Lamb Skewers With Mint Sauce

Pickles N Honey

30-minute Cucumber Noodle Pad Thai

Boring spinach salad, be gone.

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Simple Vegan Blog

Black Bean Burgers

The most elegant sandwiches we’ve ever encountered.

Gonna Want Seconds

Butter Chicken

No marinating required.

Evolving Table

Easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Gluten-free and glorious.

Sugar and Soul

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

We wish we could lick the page.

Healthy Nibbles and Bits

30-minute Shrimp And Egg Fried Rice

So good we could almost eat the leftovers cold.

The View From Great Island

Whitefish With Cherry Salsa

The most brilliant way to put fresh fruit to work.

Serotonin Fix

Black Pepper And Capsicums Stir-fry

Cool if we make this every night of the week?

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The Modern Proper

Smokey Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salad

Fancy presentation, zero cleanup. Win-win.

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