Looking for American recipes? Try our ideas and twists here, then check out our American dessert recipes.
Create your own feast with our comforting American recipes, including hot dogs with slaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, deep-dish pizza and epic cheeseburgers. Or fire up the grill and put on an American-style BBQ with bourbon ribs, hush puppies, buffalo wings and more.
Explore regional dishes such as New England clam chowder, Californian tacos, New York deli-style sandwiches and Louisiana crab cakes, alongside Grandma pizza pie made famous by Italian-Americans, and Houston’s Viet-Cajun prawns.
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Easy American recipes
Possibly THE most famous American food. Make a quick homemade slaw with cabbage, pepper and celery and top frankfurters or sausages with it with a moreish snack.
This our ultimate version of a New York favourite. In just 10 minutes you can be enjoying that salty beef, tangy sauerkraut and melting cheese.
Few things are more satisfying to eat than tender, sticky ribs. This recipe adds a bourbon kick to the sweet glaze, providing a real depth of flavour.
The cool coastal food of southern California relies on sensational seafood married with Mexican flavours. Use smoky ancho chillies to flavour the shrimps and serve with grilled corn and green chilli dressing.
The Vietnamese community of Houston, Texas, has created its own twist on a crawfish boil by frying them in a mixture of Cajun and Vietnamese seasonings. We’ve substituted king prawns for the crayfish.
These tender pulled pork carnitas are inspired by recipe writer John Gregory-Smith’s favourite taqueria in the world: Salud in Barrio Logan, San Diego. This grungy café serves kick-ass food and killer frozen margaritas.
This crisp baking-tray-baked pizza, made famous by Italian-Americans, is loaded with spicy Peppadews and pepperoni.
Hush puppies are little American savoury doughnuts in a polenta batter. A classic side dish for seafood, they are also great for parties. These vegetarian kale ones are perfect dunked into a zingy aioli dip.
Chowder is a classic dish, thick and creamy with the salty sweet flavours of bacon and clams. Oyster crackers are small, salted crackers added to the top of the soup, a bit like croutons.
The po’ boy is a New Orleans classic. The fried fillings include catfish, oysters and soft-shelled crab. What makes it extra special is the remoulade, a spiced Cajun mayo-based sauce. Here’s our version.
How do you make mac ‘n’ cheese better? Add bacon of course! This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe to feed a crowd.
Fill bread rolls with meatballs for an easy party snack. This easy sub recipe, made healthy with turkey mince is served with quick sweet potato wedges on the side.
Beef chilli is a classic American sharing dish to please a crowd. Made with chipotle chilli and fresh green chilli this is both warming and with a kick. Serve with guacamole and rice to feed a crowd.
Onion rings are the best match for beer. This version comes from Quality Chop House and is drowned in homemade pickle, coated with beer batter, then deep-fried until crisp and golden.
Just when you thought you’d reached peak avocado, California comes up with something new. These creamy wedges coated in toasty shards of crunchy corn tortilla are delicious with huevos rancheros or spice-rubbed steak, or dipped in hot sauce or salsa and served with a cold beer.
With this style of pizza the ingredients are layered the opposite way to Italian pizza. Cheese first, then toppings, then sauce. Ready-grated mozzarella has less moisture than whole so will give you melty stringiness without becoming too watery, so although it seems a slightly inferior choice it’s the best thing to use here.
We like our burgers piled sky-high with ‘the works’ – that means EVERYTHING including our secret sauce (made from four very simple ingredients), sweet and sour onions, emmental cheese, gherkins, frilly lettuce, and more.
Potato tots are very popular in America. These homemade potato tots, fried egg, spiced avocado and hot sauce make a great brunch dish.
This is the ultimate weekend brunch; spicy shrimp cakes served with fragrant coriander oil, soft boiled eggs and parmesan shavings.
Chicken wings make the best comfort food. Serve with homemade fries and a quick slaw of white cabbage and red onion and blue cheese for an indulgent dinner.
These crabcakes are easy to prepare and perfect for entertaining family and friends. Using chilli tortilla chips as the coating gives them extra crunch and heat but you can also use normal ones, if you like.
This is a different way to eat spinach and a great way to get one of your five-a-day. Make this easy steakhouse-style gratin recipe as a side for your US-style feast.
Recipe writer Edd Kimber says… ‘I have a soft spot for American hand pies – they’re like a fancy version of Pop-Tarts. You can fill them with whatever you want. For my version I wanted to do something you could take on a journey or throw in a lunch box, so they’re filled with a simple fennel, sausage, tomato and mozzarella mixture.’
Try this BBQ side dish with a US-style twist. Slow-cooked in maple syrup, bacon and yellow mustard, the beans soak up all the smoky sauce.
Pulled pork is a great recipe to feed a crowd, served up in soft buns with crunchy coleslaw for a party.
Ever wanted to make your own jerky at home? This simple recipe is super punchy and has just the right amount of chew. Serve as a snack with an ice cold beer.
Try this sweet ‘n’ salty recipe for a great dessert or teatime treat, perfect with vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche.
Pineapple and banana meets heady spices in this glorious American cake recipe, sandwiched together with a cream cheese buttercream.
Here the classic US campfire snack of toasted marshmallow and chocolate squished between two biscuits is reworked to create an elegant layered dessert.
Give your chocolate cake a red tinge in this classic American cake recipe, covered in silky-smooth cheese frosting for extra indulgence.
This recipe for lemon s’mores meringue pie makes for a stunning dinner party dessert. Toasted marshmallows added to the filling of this pie give it an extra bump of flavour and a gooey texture.
A classic American dessert, baked cheesecake is an easy entertaining idea. The fresh raspberries on top cut through the rich body of the cheesecake. Try our other cheesecake recipes here.