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Best ever quick recipes

Published: September 23, 2021 at 3:35 pm
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Save time with our quick and easy meals that include clever shortcuts but don't compromise on flavour, including a cheat's ramen, chicken pie and a 15-minute curry

Looking for quick recipes? Want the best quick meals? Try our ideas below then check out more of our quick recipes such as our quick beef curry, quick Japanese-style rice salad, quick tamarind potato curry and quick chicken katsu.

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Easy quick recipes

Courgette frittata

Courgette, spring onions and goat's cheese are an irresistible flavour combination in this easy to make veggie frittata, ready on the table in 20 minutes. Discover more quick vegetarian recipes here.

Courgette frittata with a slice cut out presented on a table with a green leafy salad

Healthy salmon pasta

20 minutes is all you need to make this creamy salmon pasta, with reduced-fat crème fraîche to keep things light. Peas and dill add greenery and there's lemon zest for freshness. Discover more quick healthy recipes here.

Creamy Salmon Pasta

Steak diane

Our steak diane recipe can be made ahead and reheated for a quick but impressive meal for two.

Steak Diane

Asparagus and anchovy pasta

Ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes, there's no reason why this simple asparagus and anchovy pasta with a crunchy fennel seed pangrattato topper shouldn't become a weeknight staple. Find more quick pasta recipes here.

Two bowls of asparagus spaghetti

Thai green tofu curry

It's hard to believe our vegan Thai green curry, packed with smoked tofu and plenty of crunchy veg, is ready on the table in just 25 minutes. Looking for more quick and easy vegan recipes? Take a look at more of our quick vegan recipes here.

Vegan Thai Green Curry Recipe

Roast cauliflower korma curry

This creamy veggie korma with roast cauliflower is low in calories and ready in just 30 minutes, ideal for an easy midweek dinner. Check out more of our best curry recipes here.

Cauliflower Korma Recipe

Cheat's fish pie

Buying ready made mash is a really quick and easy cheat for fish pie if you’re in a rush. You also don’t have to make a white sauce, and the fish is already cooked in this recipe, so it's ready in 20 minutes.

Cheat’s Fish Pie Recipe

Quick paneer and chickpea curry

This traybake curry is a quick, healthy and easy midweek meal. Using a tikka paste takes any effort out of dinner but still adds lots of flavour – it’s a great fridge-raider to have on hand.

A white plate topped with a chickpea and paneer curry with two chapatis on the side

Quick Japanese-style rice salad

Use a pack of ready-cooked or left-over rice to put a super-fast (and low calorie) king prawn salad together. Make it green with edamame beans, cucumber and avocado.

Japanese-Style Rice Salad with Prawns and Chopsticks

Tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi

It’s not a new trick, but it is a convenient one. Shop bought gnocchi is a midweek staple. Save the homemade potato dumplings for the weekend and make our cheesy gnocchi recipe. There’s another clever trick in this recipe, to make it ready in 20, we won’t tell if you don’t.

Italian Gnocchi Recipe with Tomato, Spinach and Mascarpone

Quick seafood stew

Seafood stew doesn't have to take hours to make. This recipe for cheat's seafood stew is packed full of those delicious fish flavours but is on the table in under an hour, so it's still achievable midweek.

cheat's seafood stew

Sausages and mash with quick onion gravy

Our onion gravy uses a clever ingredient so you don’t have to spend an hour caramelizing onions. Great if you want classic comfort food in a flash.

Sausage and Mash Recipe With Quick Onion Gravy

Quick chicken pie

Cooked chicken and ready made puff pastry means homemade pies just got a whole lot easier. You can buy cooked chicken from most supermarkets or use leftover from your Sunday roast for a Monday supper special.

quick chicken pie

Quick 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.

Easy Pork Ramen Recipe

Quick-cured beetroot salmon

Elevate your salmon fillet in minutes with this idea, served with a fresh and crunchy beetroot apple salad. This simple recipe is ready in just 20 minutes and low in calories.

Cured Beetroot Salmon Recipe with Beetroot and Apple Salad

Quick chicken curry

Try our quick coriander chicken curry, it's low in calories and gluten free. This easy recipe is a perfect family midweek meal and it's ready in under 30 minutes.

Coriander Chicken Curry

Easy tarte tatin

Making these individual tarte tatins means less time preparing and arranging your apple slices, and they are easier to plate up too. Perfect to finish off a French inspired menu for a dinner party.

Tarte Tatin Recipe

Strawberry trifles

Using shop-bought Madeira cake shaves an hour off making these individual trifles, and using ready-made lemon curd/custard means these are ready in 30/20 minutes (just stick them in the fridge until your ready to serve).

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Strawberry trifle recipe

Quick banana ice cream

No churn ice cream is our saviour in summer, and uses up overripe bananas too! With only 4 ingredients, it couldn’t be more simple. Keep a tub in your freezer for when ice cream cravings kick in.

Quick banana ice cream

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