Looking for affordable, no-cook Christmas recipes? Want to serve an impressive festive dessert at a fraction of the price? Try our ideas and twists here, then check out our best effortless entertaining recipes, no-bake desserts and Christmas mash-up recipes. After, listen to our podcast on the 10 things you need to know about no-cook cooking.

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If you want to create a Christmas feast but don't want to use an oven, we have plenty of solutions that use your fridge instead. Perfect for entertaining, our easy no-bake starters, canapés and desserts can be made ahead of time using shop-bought ingredients, from prawn lettuce cups and veggie tartines, to epic fridge cakes and more.

Whip up a decadent Oreo Baileys fridge cake in 20 minutes, impress your friends with a sriracha prawn and avocado cocktail, or treat your family to our raspberry and amaretti trifles – all with no baking required.


Best no-cook Christmas recipes

No-cook Christmas starters

Bloody mary prawn lettuce cups

This no-cook starter is a simple and speedy alternative to classic prawn cocktail, and makes use of storecupboard ingredients. Serve on a large platter in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in.

For a vegetarian version, try using mini mozzarella balls instead of the prawns, and basil instead of the coriander.

A white oval platter topped with lettuce leaves and prawns

Salmon tartare with lemon and capers

If smoked salmon is a favourite in your house, this no-cook salmon tartare is a fun, modern twist. Finely chop the salmon and toss in a fragrant dressing of lemon, shallots and capers. Serve with thin slices of toast.

Salmon Tartare Recipe with Lemon and Capers

Herby cheese tartines with cucumber salad

This French-style open sandwich is a light veggie starter, and minimal effort is required to prepare it. Simply mix together the herbed cheese and serve on sourdough toast with the cucumber salad on top.

Herbed cheese tartines with cucumber salad

Crab and prawn cocktail rolls

These finger food-friendly rolls are made using shop-bought prawn cocktail and brioche buns, so there's no need to turn your oven on. A creative Christmas alternative with minimum prep required, serve them with thick-cut crisps and dressed lettuce leaves, if you'd like.

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a tray of finger rolls filled with prawn cocktail next to a scattering of crisps

Fig, mozzarella and serrano ham salad

Make this easy and light fig salad for a sophisticated starter that makes great use of storecupboard ingredients. Figs are marinated in a honey mustard dressing then tossed with creamy mozzarella, salty serrano ham and peppery rocket.

Figs, mozzarella, and serrano ham salad on a plate

Sriracha prawn and avocado cocktail

Throw together this starter with a handful of easy to find ingredients – it's quick to assemble and packs a punch flavour-wise.

Sriracha Prawn Cocktail Recipe with Avocado

No-cook Christmas canapés

Cucumber wheels with salmon, tartare sauce and dill

A no-cook canapé to kick off festive celebrations: this recipe calls for easily available ingredients and will be on the table in under 30 minutes. Alternatively, make them the night before and chill in the fridge.

Find more easy no-cook party canapés here – most take just five minutes to prep!

Cucumber wheels with salmon, tartare sauce and dill

Peppadews stuffed with green olive tapenade and mozzarella

This is super-easy and budget-friendly. Stuff 24 peppers with a quick, homemade tapenade and cube of mozzarella. Top with a basil leaf.

Peppadews stuffed with green olive tapenade and mozzarella

Party tartines

You can't get quicker or easier party food than tartines. More substantial than canapés, these simple yet pretty open sandwiches will satisfy even the greediest guests (and all you need to do is layer the ingredients).

Easy Party Canapé Recipes

Little prawn poppadoms

You won't believe how quick and easy these are to make: crisp mini poppadoms are loaded with a punchy mango and cucumber yogurt, then topped with juicy prawns. This is great party finger food on a budget.

Prawn Canapé Recipe with Poppadoms

Tapenade

Impress by making homemade tapenade in just 10 minutes – just blend the ingredients and spread over mini toasts for a classy canapé.

Tapenade Recipe

Mini salmon, pea and mint tartines

One of the easiest make-ahead canapés you can serve: assemble crushed peas and smoked salmon on rye bread fingers. Apart from the smoked salmon, this calls for cheap ingredients.

Smoked Salmon Tartine Recipe With Pea and Mint

Avocado and prawn cocktail toasts

It's your classic prawn cocktail with a super-simple, no-cook twist. Pass them around to guests at your Christmas do, and watch as everyone tucks in with glee.

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No-bake Christmas desserts/baking

Oreo Baileys fridge cake

This no-cook fridge cake is incredibly simple to make – simply layer Oreos with sweetened whipped cream flavoured with Baileys. Left overnight, the biscuits soften and become ‘cake’.

It uses lots of Oreos, but overall, it's a simple and low-cost way to feed lots of people at a festive gathering.

Oreo Baileys fridge cake, with a large chunk taken out to reveal the layered filling

Banoffee fridge cake

Using accessible, cheap ingredients, this easy, no-cook banoffee cake will be the centrepiece at your festive dinner party or buffet.

Banoffee fridge cake

Raspberry chocolate pots

You only need double cream, raspberries and dark chocolate to make this silky and decadent pud. A restaurant-level dessert with only 10 minutes of prep required, this is easy on the eye and simple to make ahead of time.

Tall glasses filled with chocolate mousse and topped with raspberries on a grey background

No-bake chocolate cheesecake

A batch of no-bake chocolate cheesecake bars are perfect for entertaining, and you won't even need to turn the oven on. They make up to 16 bars and require accessible, low-cost ingredients.

A chocolate cheesecake bar on a small plate

Chocolate orange cheesecake

Make this no-bake chocolate orange cheesecake for your Christmas party – it’s easy to prep ahead and just as impressive as any dessert that requires an oven. In this decadent chocolate-orange version, we’ve used crunchy gingernuts in the base for extra flavour.

A chocolate cheesecake on a white plate with strips of orange zest on top

Pistachio and chocolate icebox cake

You only need a handful of easily accessible, shop-bought ingredients to make this no-bake dessert, in which the biscuits become softened by the ice cream.

Chocolate Icebox Cake Recipe with Pistachio

Coffee and cream fridge cake

Wow the whole family with this no-bake fridge cake packed with layers of indulgence. It only requires a few ingredients (which you'll likely already have), plus there's no need to turn on the oven.

Easy fridge cake with coffee on a cake stand with a wedge taken out

Cherry and pistachio no-bake traybake

This refrigerator no-bake cake can be made up to a week ahead, provided you keep it cool, saving you time. A great one for Christmas Day if you don't want to use the oven, or serve it as a treat with coffee or as a sweet canapé.

Cherry and Pistachio Refrigerator Cake

Frozen chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake

Ideal before a party, our frozen no-bake Nutella cheesecake with classic bourbon biscuits and crunchy, roasted hazelnuts is an easy, indulgent dessert – perfect as a Christmas cake alternative that doesn't break the bank.

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake

Baileys chocolate tiffin

Store these no-bake chocolate tiffins in the fridge and pull out to entertain over the festive period. You don't have to include the edible glitter if you want to keep it more economical.

Baileys Chocolate Tiffin Recipe for Christmas

Raspberry and amaretti trifles

These individual raspberry and amaretti trifles are quick to put together, thanks to ready-made fresh custard and shop-bought sponge fingers. Finish them off with crumbled amaretti biscuits for a bit of decadence.

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Raspberry and amaretti trifles

Chocolate and salted caramel ice cream cake

This easy, make-ahead chocolate bombe recipe uses chocolate swiss roll cake and Maltesers for indulgence and crunch, and there's no need to bake it in the oven.

Ice Cream Chocolate Bomb Recipe With Salted Caramel

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