Try our best 15-minute meals for quick dinner ideas. We have plenty of 15-minute recipes, including quick pad thai, 15-minute pastas and salads for easy midweek solutions.

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Quick and easy 15-minute recipes

15-minute low-calorie recipe: hot-smoked salmon salad with chive buttermilk dressing

This fresh, crunchy salad, topped with soft hunks of salmon, is finished off perfectly with a tangy buttermilk and chive dressing – and it's on the table in a quarter of an hour.

We have more great healthy salad recipes here.

smoked salmon salad with buttermilk dressing

15-minute pasta recipe: gazpacho sauce spaghetti

Ready in just 15 minutes, this simple pasta recipe sees spaghetti tossed in a smooth yet fiery gazpacho-style sauce.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Recipe with Gazpacho Sauce

15-minute high-protein recipe: chorizo, roasted red pepper and pea frittata

Liven up your frittata with chorizo and a kick of chilli, then pop under the grill until puffed and golden. Dinner will be ready in no time.

Plenty more frittata recipes here.

A chorizo frittata with red pepper and peas on a rustic baking tray

15-minute gluten-free recipe: kohlrabi and crab salad

Check out our punchy Thai salad recipe with white crabmeat and kohlrabi. This simple salad is easy to make, low in calories and ready in just 15 minutes.

Thai Crab Salad Recipe with Kohlrabi

15 minute dessert recipe: chocolate mug cake

Ideal for when you fancy something sweet but don't want to bake, this clever microwave chocolate mug cake for one is ready in just five minutes.

two rustic, handmade mugs on a side plate filled with chocolate sponge

15-minute fish recipe: salmon with pesto crust

Salmon makes a great 15-minute meal as it cooks so quickly. Check out our recipe for oven-baked crusted salmon with fresh pesto. This super quick and easy dish is low in calories and makes a great midweek meal.

Here are our favourite easy salmon recipes to try.

Salmon Recipe With Pesto Sauce Crust

15-minute Thai recipe: 15-minute vegan Thai green curry

Creamy, delicately spiced Thai-style curry is a real crowd pleaser. Here, shop-bought curry paste helps you to get it on the table in 15 minutes. Check that the curry paste is vegan, as some contain fish sauce.

Try our vegetarian curry ideas here.

Vegan Thai Green Curry in a skillet next to a bowl of rice

15-minute vegetarian recipe: 15-minute mushroom and tarragon stroganoff

This super quick and easy mushroom and tarragon stroganoff makes for a great, healthy midweek meal, ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories.

Try one of our top vegetarian recipes ready in under 30 minutes here.

Easy Stroganoff Recipe with Mushroom and Tarragon

15-minute chicken dinner: chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad

Want to use chicken in a 15-minute meal? Try our gluten free recipe for chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad. This quick and easy dish serves two and it's low in calories.

Make one of our quick and easy chicken recipes here.

Grilled Chicken Recipe With Chimichurri Salad

15-minute vegan recipe: quick moussaka bowls

Check out this easy alternative to oven-baked moussaka. Ready in just 15 minutes, these vegan bowls contain the flavours and textures of a slow-cooked moussaka, without the wait.


15-minute breakfast: Turkish eggs

Try these quick and easy Turkish eggs with crunchy sourdough for your next brunch – smoked paprika gives a smoky kick and a beautiful red colour. A speedy morning meal.

Turkish Eggs Recipe

15-minute seafood recipe: kung pao prawns

A 15-minute stir fry with a lot of punch. This Kung Pao shrimp recipe is a really low-calorie stir-fry and is served in a homemade sauce with noodles or rice. The Szechuan peppercorns and chilli flakes add some spice to the prawns while the cashew nuts add a crunchy texture to the dish.

Looking for quick stir fry recipes? We have plenty here.

Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

15-minute lunch: garlic chilli clams on sourdough toast

Check out our easy, low-calorie garlic chilli clams with crunchy sourdough toast. This easy recipe is ready in just 15 minutes – perfect for an impressive weekend lunch.


15-minute Italian recipe: pasta alla genovese

Pasta alla genovese is a classic Italian pasta dish using simple ingredients. Ready in just 15 minutes, it's the perfect quick and easy meal to make midweek.

Pasta Alla Genovese Recipe

15-minute Greek recipe: Greek salad

Master this absolute classic and you'll never be short of a delicious, super-speedy lunch, ready in just 15 minutes. The key to an authentic Greek flavour is plenty of oregano and red wine vinegar.

Greek salad

15 minute breakfast recipe: Mango smoothie bowl

A nourishing breakfast, brunch or snack, this lassi smoothie bowl is packed with mango and banana. Top with chia seeds and pistachios for crunch.

A smoothie bowl with chia seeds and mango on top

15-minute meal for one: one-pan green chilli eggs with chorizo

This recipe for green chilli eggs with chorizo is really easy and just takes 15 minutes to make. It's perfect for a speedy meal for one – you can even eat it out of the pan to save on washing up.

One-pan green chilli eggs with chorizo

15-minute low-fat recipe: chicken and pea broth

This super-quick chicken and pea broth recipe is ready in 15 minutes and is really low in fat. Great for a virtuous but tasty midweek meal.

Chicken Broth Recipe with Peas

15-minute lamb recipe: herb and polenta crusted lamb

Lamb cutlets are the best way to enjoy lamb in the week. Try them with this easy herb and polenta crust, all they need on the side is a watercress salad and a squeeze of lemon.

Herb and polenta crusted lamb

15-minute beef recipe: Taiwanese beef stir-fry

A speedy dish which doesn’t compromise on punchy flavours, check out Erchen Chang’s stir-fry with honey marinated beef.

A beef stir-fry in a metal wok with a wooden handle on a blue background

15 minute salmon recipe: Umeboshi salmon skewers

The savoury miso and aromatic sesame oil in these salmon skewers bring out the moreish tartness of umeboshi paste – serve with steamed rice for a light dinner.

A metal tray topped with skewers pierced with chunks of salmon with spring onions and lime

15 minute leftovers recipe: Chilli con carne quesadillas

Use left-over chilli and all the fixings to make an easy, satisfying lunch the next day – these simple quesadillas are ready in just 15 minutes.

a white plate of quesadillas, guag and sour cream on a red cloth with an orange background

15 minute salad recipe: Parsley and pomegranate salad

Parsley doesn't always have to be just a garnish – here, it's the hero of a summery salad made with the freshest, greenest leaves.

A round white serving plate of green leaves and red pomegranate seeds, sat on a folded piece of white linen

15 minute lunch recipe: Coronation chicken

Use up left-over roast chicken to make this classic that's as great as a filling for sarnies and jacket potatoes as it is for spooning into crisp lettuce leaves or over salads.

Little Gem lettuce leaves loaded with coronation chicken, presented on a platter with a silver serving spoon

15 minute pasta recipe: Penne carbonara

It's worth buying proper pancetta (instead of bacon) to use in this classic dish. Remember: carbonara shouldn't contain cream!

A plate of penne pasta with white wine on the side

15 minute dessert recipe: Lemon curd trifle

Make this luscious lemon curd trifle in just 15 minutes (plus a little soaking time). Layered with vanilla custard, dark chocolate and madeira cake, it's the ultimate summer dessert.

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A large lemon trifle topped with cherries

15 minute fish recipe: Lemon sole with brown shrimp butter

This dish might be quick and easy, but it certainly doesn’t feel everyday – it makes for an elegant date-night meal. Use spring onion, dill or parsley instead of chives, if you prefer.

A plate of sole topped with shrimp

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