Takeout Favorites To Make At Home

When you're not in the mood or just too busy to cook, it's time for takeout, baby! But, while convenient and delicious, ordering out meal after meal adds up — and it isn't always the most nutritious option. If one of your goals this year is to get into the kitchen more — either to save money, expand your cooking skills or eat healthier — then it's time to close out that GrubHub tab, shove those paper menus back into your drawer, and learn how to make your favorite takeout foods at home, including Chinese, Indian, Italian, Thai, Mexican and more. 

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Crab rangoon is a favorite takeout appetizer you can make at home in a matter of minutes. Mix together crab meat (or imitation crab) and cream cheese, fold into a wonton wrapper and toss in your air fryer. Pair with bright red sweet-and-sour sauce for the complete restaurant experience.

For the Air Fryer Crab Rangoon recipe, click here.

Homemade Wonton Soup

Appetizers are low-key the best part of Chinese takeout. Warm yourself up with this wonton soup that might just taste identical to the one from your local Chinese joint. The best part? You'll have extra wontons, which you can freeze and then boil later to feed your family on a busy weeknight.

For the Homemade Wonton Soup recipe, click here.

Kung Pao Glazed Chicken Wings

These Chinese takeout-inspired Kung Pao wings are so tasty, they may replace your favorite Buffalo wings as your go-to appetizer. The Kung Pao sauce on these baked wings gives them a perfectly sweet flavor with a spicy kick that will taste just as good as anything you can get delivered.

For the Kung Pao Glazed Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

If you don't want to make the mess of stir-frying your Chinese food, let your slow cooker do most of the work with this easy beef and broccoli recipe.

For the Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe, click here.

Mapo Tofu

This spicy mapo tofu recipe is perfect for meatless Mondays. The best part about this recipe is you can adjust the heat level for everyone at your table by serving a spicy sauce on the side.

For the Mapo Tofu recipe, click here.

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta

You don't have to waste money on expensive Italian takeout because this cuisine can easily be made at home. Take, for instance, this pasta recipe that stars a creamy pesto sauce and garlicky shrimp. Not a seafood fan? Swap the shellfish for chicken or forego the protein to make this dish meatless.

For the Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta recipe, click here.

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Making chicken parm may seem like a laborious task that uses piles upon piles of dishes, but if you have an air fryer, it is incredibly easy. This family-friendly meal is among the best pasta dishes for when you need a little comfort.

For the Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe, click here.


Thinking about ordering out for pizza night? Save yourself from paying delivery fees by using this recipe to make your own pizza dough, then add whatever toppings you have on hand. You can keep it classic with red sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni, get creative with some garlicky greens or craft a vegan pie using cauliflower.

For the Basic Pizza Dough recipe, click here.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Italian food is best when it's simple and made from high-quality ingredients. Need proof? Look no further than this simple and satisfying spaghetti carbonara.

For the Simple Spaghetti Carbonara recipe, click here.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Making sushi at home may seem intimidating, but as long as you use sushi-grade tuna, watch some videos and practice, you'll become your own personal sushi chef in no time.

For the Spicy Tuna Roll recipe, click here.

Crispy Pork Tonkatsu with Japanese Curry and Rice

Pork tonkatsu is an incredible comfort dish that's perfect for any night when you're feeling a little down. The best part about this recipe? You'll have extra Japanese-style curry sauce, which can be refrigerated for a few days and used in other dishes.

For the Crispy Pork Tonkatsu with Japanese Curry and Rice recipe, click here.

Chicken Ramen Soup

If you're tired of ramen noodles packets from the grocery store, this recipe will help you prepare fresh and tasty ramen in only 15 minutes. It's also a great way to make use of your leftover chicken.

For the Chicken Ramen Soup recipe, click here.

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut-Pumpkin Sauce

Craving Thai? Fire up the grill for this grilled chicken recipe that is far from boring. The flavor comes from a sweet and salty marinade made from pumpkin, peanut butter, cilantro, lime, soy sauce and cayenne.

For the Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut-Pumpkin Sauce recipe, click here.

Pad Thai

If you're one of the people who has been ordering pad thai during coronavirus quarantine, then you'll be happy to know that you can easily make this stir fry noodle recipe at home. Just don't forget to top it with plenty of chopped roasted peanuts.

For the Pad Thai recipe, click here.

Coconut Brown Rice

Upgrade your rice game by adding shredded coconut and coconut milk, mimicking the flavors you love from your Thai takeout.

For the Coconut Brown Rice recipe, click here.

Pork Carnitas Tacos

Toss pork shoulder with some pantry staple spices into a slow cooker, and within a few hours, it is the perfect filling for tacos, which you can top with pickled onions, cilantro, radishes and bit of cotija cheese for a street taco experience. Have leftover pork? Enjoy it served over rice for lunch the next day.

For the Pork Carnitas Tacos recipe, click here.

Avocado Black Bean Burrito with Spicy Chipotle Dressing

You can make this tasty homemade burrito using ingredients you probably already have lying around the house. The best part? You don't have to worry about your burrito being cold or soggy from the delivery trip. Pair with a margarita for a real restaurant feel.

For the Avocado Black Bean Burrito with Spicy Chipotle Dressing recipe, click here.


Pozole is a traditional Mexican dish with a rich history. It's also a hearty, heartwarming soup you can make right in your own kitchen.

For the Pozole recipe, click here.

Spicy Korean Chicken Wings

Few things are more satisfying to order out than Korean barbecue wings. But if you can handle eating the heat from gochujang paste, you can handle cooking this fiery dish at home.

For the Spicy Korean Chicken Wings recipe, click here.


Bibimbap is an iconic Korean dish that is easy to make at home, especially if you're meal prepping for the week. This filling dish contains meat and vegetables that you can alter to your preference.

For the Korean Bibimbap recipe, click here.

Lobster Tikka Masala

If you're in love with chicken tikka masala, then you will surely love this decadent shellfish twist on a classic Indian recipe.

For the Lobster Tikka Masala recipe, click here.

Butter Chicken

Expand your kitchen skills by making this easy recipe that may compete with your go-to Indian takeout spot. Pan-seared chicken is covered in a creamy curry made of tomatoes, onion, cream and aromatic spices. This is best eaten with naan or over rice.

For the Butter Chicken recipe, click here.


Roti, a traditional Indian flatbread, can be made using only three ingredients. It's perfect for scooping up heavenly curries.

For the Roti recipe, click here.

Red Lentil Dhal

Red lentil dhal is a tasty meal if you're on a vegan diet. You can make this soup either thick and chunky or thin and soupy, whatever you prefer.

For the Red Lentil Dhal recipe, click here.

Canh Chua Cá

You may think you have to go out to eat to enjoy a sweet-and-sour Vietnamese fish soup. But with this recipe, you can turn it into your new favorite at-home dinner dish.

For the Canh Chua Cá recipe, click here.

Chilled Lemongrass Beef & Noodles

If you're in the mood for Southeast Asian takeout, this cold noodle dish will surely satisfy your cravings. Lemongrass and lime add brightness and sweetness, which is delightfully contrasted with soy sauce.

For the Chilled Lemongrass Beef & Noodles recipe, click here.

Pho Bo

It may be hard to beat takeout pho from a Vietnamese restaurant, but it's worth a try. The great thing about this recipe is you can garnish it however you desire, whether you want Thai basil, lime, jalapenos, hoisin sauce or a little bit of everything.

For the Pho Bo recipe, click here.

Banh Mi

Once you make a banh mi at home, you'll be saying sayonara to your usual way of making a sandwich. This recipe is a little easier thanks to cold cuts and prepared pate, but it still keeps things fresh with a bakery baguette, cucumbers, pickled carrots and plenty of jalapenos.

For the Banh Mi recipe, click here.

Air Fryer Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls

A spring roll recipe will come in handy when you need an appetizer for any occasion. The best part? This is one of those appetizers you can cook in your air fryer, making for a craveable, crispy exterior without all the grease that comes from deep frying.

For the Air Fryer Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls recipe, click here.

Oven Baked Homemade French Fries

Fries are one of the most-ordered takeout dishes in America, so you're not alone in having serious salty cravings. With this oven-baked french fries recipe, you can make your own fries and cook them to your preferred level of doneness. Add some cheese, fresh herbs or your favorite seasoning to make this side extra special.

For the Oven Baked Homemade French Fries recipe, click here.

Air Fryer Curly Fries with Bacon Chive Dip

You may not think you can make restaurant curly fries in your own kitchen, but all you need is a spiralizer to achieve those perfect curlycues. Then, toss those bad boys in an air fryer, and you'll have the crispy fries you've been craving. Go the extra mile and make a meal at home feel like dinner out by making a creamy bacon chive dip to accompany your spuds.

For the Air Fryer Curly Fries with Bacon Chive Dip recipe, click here.

Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers

Odds are you have some ground beef in your fridge. So skip the drive-thru and use it to make yourself a burger. It's honestly so easy to make yourself a gourmet burger at home — just add some caramelized onions and you'll forget all about fast food.

For the Grilled Onion Cheeseburgers recipe, click here.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

This fried chicken sandwich recipe tastes just like it's from your favorite chicken spot thanks to a pickle juice brine. This chicken sandwich isn't the only drive-thru favorite you can make at home — try making these copycat recipes from popular fast food restaurants.

For the Fried Chicken Sandwich recipe, click here.

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