April recipes

April recipes

How to make the most of the best spring ingredients, from vibrant rhubarb to fresh chives and nutrient-packed asparagus

Want to know what’s in season in April? Looking for April recipe ideas? Use fresh seafood,  jersey royal new potatoes and herbs from your fruit and veg boxes or local greengrocer to make these seasonal dishes and bakes. We’ve included plenty of tips for how to shop for particular varieties, prepping guides and useful ideas to use up leftovers.

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Rhubarb

April is often the month (weather depending) when the rhubarb that is available in the shops changes from that grown indoors to outdoor-grown, which can vary in colour, texture and flavour. Some varieties are much redder, others are green much further down the stalk. Make the most of this vegetable in our rhubarb recipes.

This classic, creamy dessert is enriched with white chocolate, which provides a perfect contrast to the sharpness of the rhubarb.

Plates of panna cotta with stewed rhubarb


Asparagus

Thin, young asparagus shoots are packed with nutrients and are prized for their deep savoury flavour and tender texture once cooked. Not to be confused with white asparagus – which are cut before they breach the surface and become green – they have a short season in the UK, from spring to early summer. Here’s how with our best asparagus recipes.

Asparagus and anchovy pasta with fennel seed pangrattato

It’s the crunchy fennel seed pangrattato topper that really makes this dish sing. A simple yet delicious asparagus spaghetti recipe, it’s ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Two bowls of asparagus spaghetti

Chives

Chives, part of the allium family, have a bright, fresh oniony flavour, a little like baby leeks or baby spring onions. They’re best very finely chopped and stirred through dishes at the end, sprinkled into dressings or used as a garnish just before serving.

Wedge salad with blue cheese and chive dressing

Make the most of Little Gem lettuces in this gluten-free salad. It would be great served with a crispy skinned, soft-in-the-middle baked potato.

A lettuce salad with a dressing drizzled on top

Boiled pork and chive dumplings

Make your own boiled pork and chive dumplings in just 45 minutes. Soft and pillowy, they’re best served with soy sauce, chiu chow chilli oil and chopped chives.

A plate of dumplings with chopsticks