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56 Dinner Ideas That You Can Make In A Half Hour Or Less

Dinner in 30? You've got this.

Cooking a delicious meal at home doesn't need to be a huge to-do. So next time you're looking to get dinner on the table quickly, try one of these super satisfying recipes that come together in about 30 minutes flat.

1. Creamy Tuscan Shrimp

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Fancy shrimp dinner in 30 minutes? No problem. This shrimp is simmered in cream sauce with spinach and sun dried tomatoes. Garnish with some fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a bit of Parmesan.

Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Shrimp

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2. Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

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On the stovetop or in the oven risotto can take close to an hour, but thanks to your handy Instant Pot, this version is ready in a fraction of the time.

Recipe: Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

3. 15-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

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Pick your favorite pasta shape, add cherry tomatoes, diced bacon, romaine lettuce, and plenty of shredded cheese. Mix it all up with ranch dressing and dig in.

Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad

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4. Chicken and Ramen Skillet

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Turn instant ramen noodles into a stir fry that rivals that of your favorite take-out spot.

Recipe: Chicken and Ramen Skillet

5. 15-Minute Easy Wonton Soup

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Always keep a package of your favorite frozen gyoza or wontons around for this easy, comforting, and no-fuss soup.

Recipe: Easy Wonton Soup

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6. Herb Crusted Baked Salmon

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Tired of the same old baked salmon recipe? Give this one a try. Salmon is topped with a mixture of panko bread crumbs, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and plenty of fresh herbs. Then it's baked until crispy on the outside but moist and flaky on the inside.

Recipe: Herb Crusted Baked Salmon

7. Chicken Fried Rice

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You can swap the chicken for just about whatever protein is in your fridge from bacon or shrimp to tofu.

Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

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8. Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts

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Tender chicken breasts smothered in a creamy mushroom gravy with plenty of sweet leeks. Serve this dish with egg noodles or rice to sop up all the delicious sauce.

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts

9. Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps

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Whip up this lunch or dinner with naan, hummus, whatever veggies are in your fridge, and chicken breasts. If you want to make things even easier, use a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Recipe: Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps

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10. Honey Soy Salmon

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This sweet and sticky glaze tastes amazing on just about any protein, but you'll love it on salmon with a side of your favorite veggie.

Recipe: Honey Soy Salmon

11. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

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Every element of these tacos tastes like perfection from the crispy, spiced shrimp to the tangy, zesty slaw.

Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

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12. Broccoli Rabe Pasta With Smoky Chickpeas

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Never underestimate the combination of chickpeas and pasta. You can keep both ingredients right in your pantry for lazy nights when you're low on groceries and whip them up into a cozy meal. Add your favorite greens, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan and call it dinner.

Recipe: Broccoli Rabe Pasta With Smoky Chickpeas

13. Teriyaki Shrimp With Broccoli

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If store-bought teriyaki sauce is all you've got, by all means go for it. But you'll never regret whipping up this sweet and spicy homemade version from scratch with soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes.

Recipe: Teriyaki Shrimp With Broccoli

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14. One-Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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This dish is everything you love about chicken parmesan but it comes together in half the time in just one pot. In other words, it's a total game-changer.

Recipe: One-Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

15. Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

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If you have ground beef in your fridge or freezer, turn it into an easy skillet dinner Sauté it with your favorite veggies and a bunch of spices. For something more filling, serve over rice or your favorite grain.

Recipe: Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

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16. Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Diced chicken, celery, chestnuts, mushrooms and garlic are tossed in ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce and chili paste. Serve the chicken in butter lettuce cups sprinkled with cashews, carrots, and scallions.

Recipe: Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

17. Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Cilantro Sauce

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Pork tenderloin is so affordable, and with the help of this sweet and savory Indonesian-inspired peanut sauce, you can easily turn it into a weeknight dinner that feels totally fancy.

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Cilantro Sauce

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18. Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

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Serve these sautéed shrimp, onions, and peppers in tortillas or over a bed of rice like a burrito bowl.

Recipe: Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

19. Shrimp Scampi

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Take the frozen shrimp that's hiding in your freezer and toss it with spaghetti in a simple white wine, lemon, and garlic sauce for a dinner that tastes restaurant quality.

Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

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20. Gingery Kale Salad with Cashew Dressing

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Make a big batch of this salad dressing because you're going to want to use it all the time. It's made with nut butter, soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, maple syrup, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce.

Recipe: Gingery Kale Salad with Cashew Dressing

21. Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

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Cooking your meat and potatoes in foil packets not only eliminates any mess, but it keeps moisture in so that your food is perfectly tender.

Recipe: Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

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22. Sweet and Spicy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken

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If you don't love chicken, you can use this sweet and spicy honey Sriracha sauce to make anything from salmon to tofu.

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken

23. White Chicken Chili

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Cool nights call for big bowls of chili. This recipe, made with white beans and shredded chicken, will warm you right up and keep you feeling full.

Recipe: White Chicken Chili

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24. Parmesan Crusted Cod

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Start with any flaky white fish (or even salmon will do) and dredge the fillets in a mixture of parmesan cheese, paprika, and parsley. Bake in the oven until golden brown.

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Cod

25. Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers

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These salmon skewers call for simple ingredients, but the Thai flavors are incredible. Drizzle the cooked skewers with sesame oil, cilantro, sesame seeds, and Thai chili if you like a little kick.

Recipe: Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers

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26. Garlic Shrimp Ramen

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Those $2 instant ramen packages can actually go a long way towards a gourmet meal. Stir fry the boiled noodles with some juicy garlic shrimp and voilà.

Recipe: Garlic Shrimp Ramen

27. Beef Bibimbap

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You can make these Korean-inspired rice bowls with pretty much whatever protein or veggies you have in your fridge. Or keep it totally vegetarian and top your bowl with a runny fried egg.

Recipe: Beef Bibimbap

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28. 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

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There's nothing like this creamy, umami-packed stroganoff sauce, which is made with butter, onion, garlic, white wine, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, flour and either sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Recipe: 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

29. Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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Pro tip: stop boiling your gnocchi. Instead, take your fresh or frozen gnocchi and spread it on a sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. Roast until the gnocchi is just golden brown with a deliciously crispy exterior.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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30. Baked Chicken Caprese

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What could be more satisfying than tender chicken breast nestled in juicy tomato sauce beneath a layer of bubbly, melty cheese?

Recipe: Baked Chicken Caprese

31. Tuna Niçoise

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If you can get your hands on tuna steaks, this medium-rare seared tuna tastes incredible. But you can always opt for something more accessible and affordable like canned tuna fish or salmon.

Recipe: Tuna Niçoise

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32. Thai Green Curry Tofu

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This recipe calls for tofu, but you can use anything from shrimp to chicken in this creamy green curry and coconut milk based dish.

Recipe: Thai Green Curry Tofu

33. Sheet Pan Chinese Tofu

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There's no marinating required in this super simple sheet pan supper. Just toss cubes of tofu, diced veggies, and cashews in the coconut and soy sauce, then let it bake for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Chinese Tofu

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34. Chicken Ratatouille

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Classic ratatouille is delicious, but every now and then you might crave something a bit more filling. Enter: this riff on the French classic, which is made with lots of fresh veggies and chicken breasts in a single skillet.

Recipe: Chicken Ratatouille

35. Easy Taco Mac

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What happens when you combine cheesy mac 'n' cheese with meaty chili? Well, it's one of the best comfort food mash-ups of all time.

Recipe: Easy Taco Mac

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36. Vegetarian Meatballs

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No meat, no problem. These vegetarian balls are made with cauliflower, quinoa or brown rice, flour, eggs, and spices. You can pan-fry them or bake them in the oven until golden, then serve with veggies, pasta, or your favorite grain.

Recipe: Vegetarian Meatballs

37. Pesto Minestrone Soup

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If you're not already adding a heaping spoonful of pesto to your soup, you're doing it wrong.

Recipe: Pesto Minestrone Soup

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38. Italian Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

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You can start with any pasta at the base of this antipasto salad, but cheese-filled tortellini is absolutely next-level delicious.

Recipe: Italian Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

39. Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini Skillet

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If you don't have chicken, go ahead and improvise. You can use any ground meat for this skillet meal or just load it with lots of vegetables. Together with black beans and melted cheese, whatever ingredients you use will taste so satisfying.

Recipe: Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini Skillet

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40. 20-Minute Tomato Soup

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This homemade creamy tomato and basil blend is so incredibly easy. Top your bowl with anything from fresh herbs and grated Parmesan to pine nuts and croutons.

Recipe: 20-Minute Tomato Soup

41. Chinese Chicken Salad

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Tired of the same boring old salads? Shake things up with this crunchy, creamy chicken and cabbage medley, which gets a flavor boost from canned mandarin orange, almonds, cilantro, and scallion.

Recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad

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42. Easy Thai Shrimp Soup

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Coconut milk and red curry paste make this Thai-inspired soup so decadent, you won't believe there's no cream involved. Go ahead and add any of your favorite vegetables like mushrooms, sweet potato, or bamboo shoots.

Recipe: Easy Thai Shrimp Soup

43. Pork Piccata

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Most picatta recipes call for chicken, but this one uses pork chops, which are pounded thinly, dredged in flour, then pan-fried and served in a delightfully zesty garlic, wine, lemon, and caper sauce.

Recipe: Pork Piccata

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44. 30 Minute Shrimp and Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes

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This entire recipe cooks in a single pan, which means you don't even have to boil water separately to cook the orzo. It doesn't get much easier than that.

Recipe: 30 Minute Shrimp and Orzo with Sun Dried Tomatoes

45. One-Pot Lasagna Soup

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How can you make lasagna even cozier? Turn it into soup, of course, and top it with a big dollop of ricotta cheese and some fresh torn basil.

Recipe: One-Pot Lasagna Soup

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46. Ginger Glazed Salmon with Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts

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You can substitute the asparagus and Brussels sprouts for just about any vegetable like sweet potato, cauliflower, or broccolini.

Recipe: Ginger Glazed Salmon with Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts

47. One-Skillet Sausage and White Bean Gnocchi

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Garlic, onion, sausage, white beans, gnocchi, tomatoes, and spinach walk into a skillet. The result is hearty, savory, cheesy, and oh-so tasty.

Recipe: One-Skillet Sausage and White Bean Gnocchi

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48. Garlic Butter Scallops

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Scallops seem totally fancy, but in reality they are one of the easiest and quickest ingredients to prepare. Sear them for about two minutes per side and they'll be perfectly cooked.

Recipe: Garlic Butter Scallops

49. Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobello Mushrooms

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With just a handful of ingredients, these cheesy stuffed portobello mushrooms are going to be a new favorite for meatless Monday.

Recipe: Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobello Mushrooms

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50. Coconut Chickpea Curry

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This vegetarian friendly recipe comes together with mostly pantry staples, so it's a great one to bookmark for nights when your fridge is feeling bare.

Recipe: Coconut Chickpea Curry

51. Butternut Squash Fettuccini Alfredo

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This lightened up alfredo sauce starts with butternut squash. The squash is boiled in chicken broth with browned butter, rosemary, and onions, then combined with milk and pulsed in a blender until rich and creamy.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Fettuccini Alfredo

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52. One-Pot Mexican Shakshuka

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Middle Eastern and Mexican flavors collide in this one-pot baked eggs in tomato sauce. Top it with anything from sliced avocado to diced jalapeño.

Recipe: One-Pot Mexican Shakshuka

53. Thai Red Chicken Curry With Vegetables

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The best thing about curry is that you can swap in pretty much whatever ingredients are in your fridge. Simmered in a blend of coconut milk, lime juice, ginger, fish sauce, Thai chili sauce, and sugar, you can't go wrong.

Recipe: Thai Red Chicken Curry With Vegetables

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54. Mediterranean Cod Skillet

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Transport yourself to a sleepy seaside Italian village with this baked cod, which is full of fresh Mediterranean flavors.

Recipe: Mediterranean Cod Skillet

55. Skillet Flank Steak With Veggies and Chimichurri

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Make a bunch of this herbaceous chimichurri sauce loaded with parsley, oregano, and garlic because you can drizzle it on anything from salmon to shrimp.

Recipe: Skillet Flank Steak With Veggies and Chimichurri