Best ever hot and spicy recipes

Our 25 best ever hot and spicy recipes will spice up your week. From quick and easy stir-fries to veggie-packed curries and chilli soups, enjoy one of our fiery recipes tonight!

Thai red curry mussels

This recipe for Thai red curry mussels is a great new way to serve mussels. It’s a really easy dish to make, is ready in just 30 minutes and is under 300 calories but is still packed with flavour and a great chilli kick.


Stir-fried spicy beef rice with greens

Quick and easy but packed with flavour, stir-fries are a great option to feed your family in a flash. We use spring greens in this recipe, but you can add more veg when they’re out of season, if you like.

Spicy sausage calzones

It’s easier to make this family favourite than you think with our recipe for spicy sausage calzones, plus they’re freezer-friendly

Chicken tinga

This smoky, spicy Mexican one-pot freezes well if you have any leftover – serve in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or simply in bowls with rice and a dollop of yogurt as a comforting Friday night dinner.

Cauliflower and ginger curry

Quick and tasty veggie curry. Cauliflower, cooked in coconut milk and plenty of authentic spices, like lemongrass, turmeric, ground coriander and ginger give it plenty of spicy flavour. Serve this meal for four to family or friends, with all the extras… rice, mango chutney, chapatis and yogurt instead of ordering a takeaway.

spiced grilled paneer with roti and salad

An easy and spicy grilled Indian cheese and blistered roast tomatoes dish that would make a great weekday supper or a lovely main for a vegetarian guest at a Christmas gathering. The cabbage salad can also be served as a side with any Indian dishes.

Huevos rancheros with spicy beans

Free-range eggs make a fantastic supper dish, simply pick this lot up from Asda

Thai roast red duck curry

This Thai roast red duck curry is full of fresh flavours. It looks impressive on the table, but buying the curry paste ready-made makes this a really easy supper. Plus, it serves 4 for under £10.

Spicy crab and sweetcorn chowder with avocado

Tinned crab works really well in cooked dishes and is a fraction of the price of fresh. Use crab meat in this delicious spicy chowder packed with delicious fresh ingredients and zingy lime and avocado.

Spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce

This recipe for spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce is a great new way to use squid and makes a great quick and easy starter for 2

Sri Lankan veggie curry

Sri Lankan curries are heavily spiced, chilli-hot and rich with coconut milk. This version is easy, vegan and under 500 calories

Spicy chicken and pepper stew with herb quinoa

A super quick and easy chicken and pepper stew for the whole family, served with a herbed quinoa. Packed full of veggies and beans, it’s also a nice healthy tea option – at just over 300 calories per portion.

Spicy Catalan mussels, almond picada

A quick and easy starter of spicy Catalan mussels with almond picada from Oldroyd’s

Potato and cauliflower curry

Great veggie curry. Whether you’re vegetarian or not, try this fast and easy spicy dish, ready in about 30 minutes. Bulk it up with basmati rice or naan breads. Take a look at some of our other vegetarian curries whilst you’re at it!

Asian ham baguette with spicy cucumber

Asian flavours and pickled cucumber give this ham baguette a spicy kick. It’s really easy to make in half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime treat or quick dinner recipe

Atul Kochhar’s black pepper chicken curry

This dish from Atul Kochhar is built around black pepper. It’s a spicy, tangy and aromatic chicken curry with fresh flavours. Remove the chicken skin to make this dish a little lighter.

Parsi spiced eggs

Spice-up scrambled eggs for breakfast with red chilli, root ginger and garam masala. This quick and easy recipe is typical of the Parsi community of South Asia and will impress any house guest. On the table in just 20 minutes.

Spicy prawn linguine

Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This spicy prawn linguine has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting. It’s so delicious you’ll forget that you’re being virtuous.

Spicy tomato rasam soup

Chilli lovers will go crazy for this South Indian soup spiced with dried red chilli, fresh green chilli and mustard seeds. Serve with warm naan bread.

Spiced couscous with chicken and almonds

Spicy couscous is cooked in Indian spices and apricots; topped with chicken, spring onions and almonds. Serve drizzled with natural yogurt stirred through with parsley.

Prawn laksa (spicy noodle soup)

This quick meal for two hails from Malaysia and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Warming prawn noodle broth with spicy Laksa paste is topped with cucumber and coriander.

Spicy fish burger with chilli mayo

This recipe for spicy fish burgers with chilli mayo is a great recipe to have on-hand midweek. It’s super-quick (ready in under 30 minutes) and easy, but is packed full of flavour and a chilli hit.

Fish curry with tomatoes and tamarind

This fish curry with tomatoes and tamarind is a super easy recipe, ready in 30 minutes and under 300 calories but is packed with fantastic flavours. It’s perfect for a midweek meal.

Spiced squash soup

This squash soup is kicked up a notch with ginger, red chilli and garlic. This recipe is seriously economical too, it feeds a family of 4 for just £1.92! It also tastes great using sweet potato instead of squash.

Fast beef curry

A quick midweek curry for two, made easy with a ready-prepared rice pouch. With stir-fried steak strips, green beans and red pepper and a hint of curry paste this is a dish that packs a punch if you need to feed 2 in a hurry. Serve with crushed unsalted peanuts if you like.

Keralan runner bean curry

New idea for a vegetarian curry using runner beans. These often-overlooked veg make a tasty, spicy dish and work well with Indian spices and coconut milk.

Cheat’s spicy pork ramen

Ramen may seem like one of those dishes you can’t recreate at home, but this recipe for cheat’s spicy pork ramen changes that. Rather than spending hours making stock, we buy a good flavoured one and spike it with Asian aromatics. Why not have a look at some of our other cheat’s takeaway dishes?

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