30-Minute Dinner Ideas We Turn to Again and Again

30-Minute Dinner Ideas We Turn to Again and Again

There might be some rogue nights when we’re willing to take on a cooking project, like red-wine-braised short ribs or fresh semolina pasta. But most of the time we’re looking for speedy mealtime solutions (yes, we BA editors are just like you). These 30-minute dinner ideas are the ones we turn to time and time again—the faithful hits for when it’s 7 p.m. and we’re already starving. Make no mistake, though, quick is by no means synonymous with boring: Our favorite fast dinners include tangy kimchi quesadillas, spicy sausage patty melts, and sunny saffron butter pappardelle. All of these recipes take a total time of 30 minutes or fewer, and a few come together in as little as five minutes. Less time spent cooking means more time spent doing…literally anything else. With all that time you saved, you might even have some energy to make an extra-easy dessert.

  • overhead view of Green Shrimp in a pan and Grilled Bread to the side in a bowl

    Photograph by Isa Zapata, Prop Styling by Christina Allen, Food Styling by Thu Buser

    Gorgeous Green Shrimp

    Many of our best 30-minute dinner ideas lean on quick-cooking proteins, like shrimp, to get dinner done fast. In this recipe, the little crustaceans bathe in a gorgeous green sauce, made with cilantro, scallions, and jalapeño. Don’t forget the broiled baguette to sop it all up.

  • Photograph by Isa Zapata, Food Styling by Sean Dooley, Prop Styling by Beth Pakradooni

    Ravioli and Mushroom Skillet

    If store-bought ravioli is a staple in your fridge or freezer, we have a feeling this cheesy skillet dinner—complete with a creamy mushroom sauce and crispy onion topping—will become a household mainstay.

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