No one likes having to turn on the oven to cook dinner on a hot night. We’ve all found ourselves, at one point or another, sweating in the kitchen to prepare a meal for ourselves or loved ones in 80-degree weather and regretting the decision to not just order out. It’s neither fun nor enjoyable, and by the time you are finished, you are too hot to think, let alone eat.
During spring and summer, when the weather starts to get really hot, the notion of turning on the oven can become a heavy undertaking. No one appreciates feeling like they’re in a hot yoga class while cooking dinner. To keep you cool and well-fed of course, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite oven-free recipes, perfect for any night of the week.
From fresh ceviches to healthy salads and more, you will be surprised how easy all of these recipes are to prepare. So say goodbye to your oven (temporarily) and rejoice in the warm weather once again with these 30 oven-free recipes.
This salad screams spring, showcasing artichokes and asparagus. These ingredients speak for themselves when you find them fresh. Some lemon juice, olive oil, and a little salt is all they need to turn into something truly special.
We’ve all tried strawberry cheesecake, but have you heard of cheesecake-stuffed strawberries? This light take on a classic dessert is just as satisfying as eating the real thing, but much healthier… and you never have to turn your oven on!
It doesn’t get more old school than shrimp cocktail. This updated version grills the shrimp, which adds smokiness to the dish. Serve this for a crowd at your next dinner party and your guests will be amazed.
Pot roast is something special that we all love but never make — because it traditionally takes so long to cook. This modern version will have you enjoying fork-tender meat in no time at all. The best part: You never have to use your oven!
Bring the flavors of the Caribbean to your home with this Jamaican spice-rubbed chicken recipe. This dish takes less than an hour to prepare and makes for an effortless dinner.
If you are a lover of cheesecake but not the biggest fan of baking, this dessert is for you! This easy recipe doesn’t require much effort, but will yield a delicious result every time.
This oven-free recipe is tasty on its own, or a great side for any main. Apples add a crisp sweetness that plays nicely off the salty pancetta.
Shortbread cookies, lemon curd, and whipped cream — what more could you ask for in a warm-weather dessert? Save yourself some time and energy by buying your favorite prepared lemon curd and cookies for an easy but delicious icebox cake.
If you love the flavors of Vietnam but are too lazy to get takeout, you will love this noodle salad. Lemongrass is the key ingredient that adds depth of flavor to this dish. If you can’t find it fresh, though, no worries — the dried version will work fine.
If you like easy salad recipes with minimal cleanup, look no further. This recipe tastes better than any store-bought or prepacked salad and can be taken on the go if desired.
This dessert is a modern take on the classic New England favorite. Vanilla pudding is layered with chocolate frosting and crunchy graham crackers to add texture. The use of a hot oven is eliminated, and instead, the dessert is chilled in the refrigerator until it sets to an icebox cake-like consistency.
The combination of cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels delivers a surreal flavor that hits all your taste buds. Sweet, salty, and just a little savory, this oven-free dessert has it all.
Chocolate, coconut, and pecans are a match made in heaven. These German chocolate cookies take only a few minutes to whip up, as they don’t require any baking time. Be careful, though: They’re hard to resist.
These tostadas will transport you straight to sunny San Diego. The bright flavors of citrus paired with a creamy habanero sauce are a delicious combination that elevates ahi tuna.
Everyone loves shrimp, right? This ceviche recipe is ideal for the warm nights when you just want to eat something light and fresh.
There’s nothing better than a juicy char-grilled pork chop. These cook in no time at all, but make sure to let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing in.
The bold combination of ginger, cardamom, and curry is what sets this chicken recipe apart from others. If you are a fan of chicken satay, you will love this dish. Try it with a side of peanut sauce and you will be sure to enjoy.
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