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20 Five-Ingredient Dinners That Actually Taste Impressive

Simple to make, delicious to eat.

Do you ever look at a recipe with a lengthy ingredients list and feel instantly overwhelmed? Well, luckily it doesn't require a ton of groceries to cook a delicious meal. Here are a handful of five-ingredient recipes to whip up tonight.

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1. Lemon Panko Shrimp

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You could eat these shrimp on their own or serve them over some rice or pasta with a drizzle of lemon juice. Get the recipe.

2. Crock Pot Pork and Roast Potatoes

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Forget spending your whole night in the kitchen and let your slow cooker do the work for you. Get the recipe.

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3. Bacon Asparagus Pasta

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Pasta night has never been more delicious...or low effort. Get the recipe.

4. Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

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Noodles, milk, butter, and mustard powder cook together in the Instant Pot. Add your favorite shredded cheese, let it melt, and chow down. Get the recipe.

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5. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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One-pan dinners are a total godsend. After all, you have better things to do than clean a bunch of dishes. Get the recipe.

6. Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

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This lightened-up version of a Southern classic calls for creamy cauliflower rice in place of corn grits. Get the recipe.

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7. Teriyaki Flank Steak

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Chinese five spice blend gives this simple flank steak a serious kick. Get the recipe.

8. Spaghetti Squash With Chorizo

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If you're craving pasta without the carbs, this spicy spaghetti squash should do the trick. Get the recipe.

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9. Honey Garlic Shrimp Skillet

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Soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and shrimp are all you need to make this sweet yet tangy dinner. Serve it over your favorite grain with stir-fry veggies. Get the recipe.

10. Lemon Butter Scallops

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You won't believe a recipe so simple could taste so sophisticated. These scallops are so rich and creamy they literally melt in your mouth. Get the recipe.

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11. Baked Ziti With Sausage

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Noodles, canned tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, and your favorite sausage come together into a seriously satisfying baked pasta. Get the recipe.

12. Coconut Curry

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This vegetarian main tastes delicious over basmati rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa. Get the recipe.

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13. Mexican Brown Rice

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You can spice up this rice with whatever is in your kitchen like jalapeños, avocado, sun dried tomatoes, or even ground meat. Get the recipe.

14. Butternut Squash Soup

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Looking for a comforting meal for a cozy night? This creamy squash soup is a winner. Get the recipe.

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15. Chicken Guacamole Taquitos

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If you're not a huge fan of chicken, you can use flank steak, grilled shrimp, or even a hearty vegetable like cauliflower, zucchini, or eggplant to keep things meatless. Get the recipe.

16. Marinated Grilled Salmon

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This salmon marinade is made with soy sauce, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and garlic — four ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. Get the recipe.

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17. Flank Steak and Charred Corn Salad

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Hearty, tasty, and oh-so fancy, you would never imagine this Southwestern steak dinner is so easy to throw together. Get the recipe.

18. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Bowls

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Never underestimate the power of eggs for dinner, especially when they're baked into filling spaghetti squash bowls with avocado. If you're feeling creative, go ahead and add your favorite cheese. Get the recipe.

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19. Gnocchi, Broccoli, and White Bean Bake

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Make a big batch of this gnocchi bake and freeze some for future lazy nights. Get the recipe.

20. Pumpkin and Gouda Pizza

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Seasonal, straightforward, and satisfying, this cheesy, decadent pizza is a definite crowd-pleaser.

For more easy recipe inspiration check out these posts:

-20 Easy Dinner Ideas For When You're Not Sure What To Make

-21 Easy And Comforting Instant Pot Recipes To Try This Winter

-21 Dinners You Only Need 20 Minutes To Make

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