Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

These easy-to-make dinners are ready in a matter of minutes
Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

This delicious steak only needs a few minutes on the grill.

We’ve all been there — you need something delicious and filling for dinner, but you don’t have much time to plan or cook. Luckily, we have five quick and easy dinner ideas to help you out.

One of the keys to making dinner in a flash is choosing ingredients that cook quickly. Shrimp and seafood are excellent options for this reason. If you can purchase shrimp that are already peeled and deveined and fish that has been cleaned and had the pin bones removed, your dinner will be that much easier. Another simple trick that makes is to take advantage of a rotisserie chicken — it’s fully cooked, juicy, and easy to use in a variety of different ways.

The other key to making dinner quickly and without a lot of fuss is choosing the right cooking method; this time of year, grilling is an excellent choice. You can easily make a delicious roast chicken in your oven, for example, but it is going to take a long time — instead, try cutting chicken into smaller pieces and grilling tasty, spice-rubbed kebabs.  

Need a few quick and easy dinner ideas to get you started? We’ve got five.

Thirty-Minute Paella

There are really no limits to the ways you can prepare paella. The most important thing, however, is the quality of the seafood for this recipe. Look for fresh, wild-caught shrimp — they have better flavor. Add in mussels, scallops, or chunks of cod for variation.

Barbecue Grilled Shrimp

There’s no denying that shrimp cooks quickly, but sometimes cleaning and deveining it can take too much time. This recipe solves that problem by calling for frozen shrimp instead. After you grill your shrimp, serve them with cheesy grits or polenta for a delicious and filling meal.

Pulled Chicken

There are lots of ways to turn rotisserie chicken into a quick and easy dinner, but this has to be one of our favorites. Make a quick barbecue-style sauce from scratch and use it to coat shredded rotisserie chicken. Then, pile the chicken high on soft rolls for a delicious alternative to pulled pork.

Sweet Fire Porterhouse Pork Chops
Sweet Fire Porterhouse Pork Chops

National Pork Board

This quick and easy dinner idea packs some major flavor, thanks to the garlic and seasonings that are spread onto the pork chops before they’re grilled. Make this a complete meal by throwing a few ears of corn on the grill as the pork chops cook.

The Best Grilled Steak Recipe
The Best Grilled Steak Recipe


Grilled steaks are part of every barbecue and outdoor cookout, and they make the prefect addition to any easy dinner. Slice grilled steak and serve it over greens for salad or quick-cooking quinoa for a heartier meal. For this particular grilled steak recipe, we recommend using boneless rib-eyeNew York strip steaks, or filet mignons for their juicy and meaty texture, but a less expensive cut is flank steak, which can easily be substituted.

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