As the seasons change, so do our cravings, yet we still search for dinner recipes that taste great but don’t require a ton of work. In celebration of spring, we’ve put together a collection of lighter, fresher one-pot recipes that pair salmon, chicken, shrimp, pasta, and more with the best produce of the season: asparagus, peas, potatoes, artichokes, greens, and fresh herbs. The Spring Chicken Niçoise that’s seen here is the perfect example. This recipe, and all of the dishes ahead, layer flavor into each step, using the one pot rule to its advantage rather than seeing it as a restriction. Follow these recipes for satisfying seasonal dinners that come together fast with minimal cleanup.
Start the spring off with skillet meals that deliciously fill the gap between winter stews and summer sautés. Try our Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichoke—it’s as crowd-pleasing as the dip it was inspired by. For a fresh take on lamb stew, try this lighter version with bulgur, white beans, and spinach, finished with a pop of briny feta cheese. Next, turn up the heat with some of our fastest one-pot meals: stir fries. Contrast the heat from the wok in our Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry recipe with delicate spring lettuce leaves and fresh herbs to make handheld lettuce cups. Rather than cooking steak fillets with sides, opt for a seven-ingredient steak stir fry with crisp-tender asparagus.
Then move to dishes brimming with comforting carbs for the days when you crave something heartier. Indulge in baked salmon over a creamy bacon and radicchio orzo or a shrimp dinner that’s risotto-like in look and texture but features flavor-packed ingredients like Thai chiles and fish sauce. Of course, we couldn’t leave out pasta; try a pea and gnocchi combination that’s topped with a soft-boiled egg or campanelle with a bright pistachio-mint pesto and asparagus. These ideas just spark the appetite, continue on for more inspiration and delicious one-pot dinners just right for spring.