20 Stovetop Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes

20 Stovetop Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes

Hali Bey Ramdene
Sep 9, 2016

Thirty minutes seems to be the magic number when it comes to a dinner we can pull together and still feel good about. It leaves room for prep, cooking, and some cleanup if you approach the whole effort with some smart multitasking.

These recipes fall under the umbrella of things that can be made in 30 minutes (and indeed some of them you can make in even less time). Even more, they are made exclusively on the stovetop — a boon when the weather is too hot for the oven, or for those nights when you'd rather stick to the stove. This batch of recipes relies on methods that specifically lend themselves to this kind of cooking, so you'll find a handful of wok recipes — like a quick beef and asparagus — and a number of sides specifically designed for stovetop success.

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1. How To Stir-Fry Noodles

For a fast dinner that lets you remix the many combinations of veggies you have in the fridge, look to the wok and that package of noodles. Learn the basics and then whip this fast dinner up sans recipe.

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2. How To Stir-Fry Spinach with Garlic

Sometimes dinner doesn't need to be more than fluffy rice topped with garlicky spinach. The wok makes that possible in 10 minutes. Use up all that extra time to fry or poach an egg and make this a truly satisfying meal.

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3. Stir-Fried Beef and Asparagus

If you're a fan of beef and broccoli, then this rendition with asparagus should go on your "must-make" Pinterest board. Serve with rice or noodles, or keep it light and bulk up on veggies.

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4. Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Fast, flavorful, and veggie-packed, the wok brings its hot haze to cauliflower in this smoky, spicy dish that you can serve as a main or side.

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5. Vegan Stir-Fried Cabbage in Peanut Sauce

We're always in favor of more veggies and this vegan-approved stir-fry of cabbage in a silky peanut sauce is one to make — whether you're doing the vegan thing or not.

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6. How To Stir-Fry Tofu

Fast dinner will always rely on basic knowledge. Familiarize yourself with cooking tofu in a wok and suddenly that dinner salad or soup now comes with a bean-based protein.

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7. Lettuce Salad with Hot Beef Dressing

For those nights when dinner needs to be comforting and also a little off the beaten path, we always turn to this skillet dish of lettuce topped with fragrant cooked meat. It's an all-time favorite among Kitchn editors.

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8. Mexican Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna without the oven is possible in this stovetop rendition. With warm flavors of cumin and chili borrowed from Mexican cuisine, this is a creative way to give a fast dinner a new twist.

9. Southwest Skillet Ragu

Ditch the box the next time you want a one-pot meal of saucy meat and macaroni. You'll raid the spice cabinet for this one — it's filled with chili, paprika, and cumin.

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10. Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet

To make this fast, we're relying on purchased breaded chicken and store-bought marinara. But I bet you have stash of homemade sauce somewhere in the freezer — now would be the time to break it out.

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11. Skillet Cod with Lemon and Capers

Lemon + capers + butter = perfect sauce for any fish. We used it on a sweet chunk of cod and finished everything with parsley.

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12. Creamy Skillet Tortellini with Sweet Potato and Spinach

Between the cheesy tortellini and the creamy sweet potatoes, this skillet pasta dish is one we add to the weekly mix once fall comes knocking.

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13. Stovetop Steam-Fried Green Beans and Mushrooms

Steam-frying green beans keeps them crisp and tender. Here, they're smothered in an onion and mushroom sauté for a final savory flourish.

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14. Stovetop Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Drizzle

Break out all the fall flavors for this side dish of light and airy sweet potatoes served with a warmed sauce made of maple syrup and pecans.

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15. How To Make Creamy Stovetop Polenta

If you're suffering from rice fatigue, let us remind you that polenta will always be happy to do its job. Just as happy under a mess of sautéed vegetables as it is under pulled pork, this stovetop staple is worth the time spent stirring.

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16. How To Cook Perfect Salmon Fillets

Pan-seared salmon is a fast dinner option that leads to better salads, pastas, and even sandwiches. Master the basics and then season and flavor as desired.

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17. How To Quickly Cook Shrimp on the Stovetop

Stovetop shrimp is another technique that will help you keep the dinner prep close to 30 minutes. Cook it in a combination of butter and olive oil and add it to a favorite salad for a nearly instant meal.

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18. Stovetop Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Red potatoes mean you don't have to peel, which in turn gives these garlic-infused mashed potatoes their rustic flair. Top with an egg or leftover chicken for a hearty meal.

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19. Stovetop Tuna Orzo Casserole with Broccoli

No oven is required in this lemony update of the tuna-noodle casserole. We're adding broccoli for color and using orzo for its quick-cooking capabilities.

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20. Stovetop Maple Macadamia Granola

Dessert, not to be left out of the stovetop discussion, is also a possibility when you'd rather not turn on the oven. The maple-scented variety also has pepitas and buttery Macadamia nuts.

Your turn — tell us: what are your favorite 30-minute stovetop meals?

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