On nights when you’re pressed for time but still want to serve your family a delicious dinner, these 30-minute meals are just what you need. But these aren’t just any quick weeknight dishes—these recipes are our most popular of all time, which means they’re the 30-minute dishes that our readers have come back to time and time again, such as the Cioppino that’s pictured here. This elegant seafood stew looks like a labor of love, but it comes together in just half an hour and features a spectacular display of shrimp, king crab legs, littleneck clams, and firm white fish. It’s our favorite recipe for holidays and special occasions because it looks impressive, but won’t require you to stand over a stove for hours.
If you’re looking for a less expensive, family-friendly dinner option for weeknights, we have plenty of simple pasta recipes such as basic spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, and our beloved one-pan pasta recipe. In that simple meal, linguine cooks in a large straight-sided skillet with cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh basil. The starchy pasta water naturally forms a thickened sauce that gets even creamier when Parmesan cheese is sprinkled on top.
In this collection, you’ll also find easy ways to cook protein such as steak, salmon, mussels, and chicken that you can pair with a quick salad or side dish recipe. Our most popular 30-minute cooking methods including pan-searing, roasting, grilling, and baking.
We promise that you (and your entire family) will love these 30-minute recipes—everyone else already does!