15 Recipes for Aries Season, from Red Shakshuka to Flank Steak Tacos

With Aries season upon us (it runs March 20 to April 20), we’re craving all the lip-smackingly sour, umami-rich, boldly seasoned dishes. Why? Known for their problem-solving abilities, natural leadership skills and resilience, Aries are as fiercely independent in life as they are in the kitchen, and they gravitate toward strong, attention-grabbing flavors.

With the help of this tasty meal plan—plus guidance from a professional astrologer—Aries and their loved ones can gather around the table for a meal written in the stars. Read on for 15 recipes that Aries will adore, from zesty breakfasts to sweet-tart desserts.

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Jamie Wright is a writer and professional astrologer based in Brooklyn, New York. She writes PureWow’s monthly astrology columns and her astrology blog, Moon Missives. Subscribe to her newsletter for more musings on the stars.

What Kind of Eater Is Aries?

“Aries have an adventurous palate,” explains Wright. “Leave it to the excitable ram to turn ordering at a restaurant into an extreme sport. Ruled by Mars—planet of fire, heat and acting on impulse—Aries want their steaks rare, their coffee black and their Bloody Marias extra spicy. Always craving flavor that packs a punch, Aries are willing to try anything but are never impressed with dishes that are too subtle or earthy. Throw it on the barbecue with some hot sauce and get it charred! When in doubt, add more garlic!”

As far as cooking styles go, less is more for this sign. “Aries wants to keep things simple in the kitchen and shudders at the thought of following directions,” Wright says. “Though recipes are boring to Aries, don’t think that means they aren’t wonderful sous chefs. Rams never miss an opportunity to show off their knife skills, flaunting that they know the difference between slicing and dicing. No one else chops an onion with such speed and efficiency and with so few tears. Aries prefer preparing meals with just a few ingredients to keep things easy. But their spice rack is always stocked so they can make even the most basic dish into a flavorful masterpiece.”

15 Recipes for Aries Season

1. Sausage-and-Egg Breakfast Dumplings

Aries loves simplicity…but they also love condiments. These savory bites are paired with spicy sriracha ketchup and zingy mustard dipping sauce for good measure.

2. Croque Madame Dutch Baby

Impressive enough that Aries will get to flex their culinary skills, yet easy enough to prepare on a whim. The homemade, nutmeg-kissed béchamel really seals the deal. 

3. Red Shakshuka

If Aries had to be defined by a single dish, it’d be zesty, spicy red shakshuka. (They’re ruled by Mars, after all.) This sign is basically harissa personified.

4. Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

When in doubt, serve this sign the basics. This 35-minute breakfast staple never gets old, and we’re betting if you get stumped poaching the eggs, Aries will be able to help.

5. Make-Ahead Aloo Gobi

This dish stars cauliflower, potatoes and all the aromatic spices an Aries could want. Cumin, coriander, garam masala, mustard seed, turmeric and chili powder only need 30 minutes to work their magic.

6. Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry

No sign would turn down a 20-minute dinner, right? This ingeniously simple dish comes together in a single skillet with the help of produce, fresh herbs and pantry staples.

7. Flank Steak Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

The sour, spicy cucumber salsa is right up the ram’s alley (even more so if it’s assembled ahead). Be sure to cook the steak no more than two minutes per side if your Aries likes ’em rare.

8. Crispy Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza with Fennel, Sausage and Garlic

No self-respecting Aries will turn down a pizza night, especially when the pie is topped with sharp, fresh fennel and flavorful Italian sausage. Did we mention you’ll only need one skillet, eight ingredients and 30 minutes to make it?

9. Slow Cooker Garlic-Herb Mashed Cauliflower

When it comes to Aries adding garlic to a recipe, the limit does not exist. This twist on mashed potatoes calls for five cloves, but feel free to double it—the ram at the table will thank you.

10. Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

This recipe will give your usual cutlets a run for their money. The panko coating gets a generous dose of garlic powder for flavor, then each piece is brushed with melted butter before it’s served.

11. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Blue Cheese Crema

Four-ingredient blue cheese crema has Aries’s name written all over it. It’s just the funky foil for tender sweet potatoes, earthy black beans and buttery avocado.

12. Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Beer

When cooking for an Aries, flavor is the name of the game. So this modernized take on split pea soup—complete with six ounces of smoky bacon, an entire can of pale lager and a dash of sherry vinegar—is sure to be a hit.

13. Mini Key Lime Pies

Sour trumps sweet on an Aries palate, so these teeny-tiny tartlets are the perfect dessert for this sign. They’ll also appreciate that they bake in flash in an easy-to-clean muffin tin.

14. Matcha-Cranberry Linzer Cookies

The tart filling (and zodiac-inspired cookie cut-outs) are bound to win over any Aries. Matcha powder offers plenty of earthy flavor and a toasty edge to every bite.

15. Blackberry Plum Upside-Down Cake

Bookmark this beauty to serve over the summer, when blackberries are their most plump and stone fruit is its most delicious. (Aries will love that the upside-down cake practically decorates itself—no frosting required.)

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...