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