The 30 Best Recipes to Cook This June

published Jun 1, 2022
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Come June, we are ready to dive into all things summer! That means cooking and eating outdoors as much as possible, firing up the grill on a regular basis, loading up on the bounty of seasonal produce, and embracing the ease and simplicity that comes with warm-weather cooking and vacation season.

Strawberry season is also upon us and there is no sweeter time to indulge in a basket (or two!) of these juicy, ruby-red gems. Get your fill of eating them out of hand, then treat yourself to something to something really fun, like a batch of strawberry butter or strawberry cupcakes.

If your Father’s Day celebration involves breakfast or brunch, egg sandwiches (like a breakfast BLT!), an egg casserole studded with smoky hatch chiles, or blueberry scones are all winning options. With a tray of oven-cooked bacon, of course! If you’re saving the feast for dinner, consider turning on the grill for a summery pizza or steakhouse-inspired skewers or cooking a slab of unbelievably tender barbecue ribs in the oven.

Don’t let this month pass you by without broccoli and feta pasta salad, wildly easy shredded BBQ chicken, watermelon sherbet (made with just two ingredients!), Parmesan-dusted corn on the cob, and refreshing pitcher of lemonade from scratch. Here are 30 of our favorite ideas to inspire your cooking (and baking!) all month long, because we want you to have a positively delicious June.

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Strawberry Cupcakes
PSA from Executive Food Director, Nina: Early summer parties are the perfect occasion for these pretty strawberry cupcakes! "I love that the recipe calls for a mix of fresh and roasted berries. The roasted berries (and their juices!) are the key to the pretty, flavor-packed pink strawberry buttercream."
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Easy Grilled Salmon
Quick dinner alert: salmon fillets need just 6 to 8 minutes (total!) to cook on the grill. Just remember to oil the grates first so there's no sticking.
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Rhubarb Basil Cocktail
Here's how Senior Contributing Food Editor Kelli plans to take advantage of her rhubarb haul this month.
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Alyse Whitney's Korean-ish Brown Butter Blondies Recipe
Even if the temps soar this month, Executive Editor, Adriana, is firing up her oven for these savory-sweet blondies.
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Honey Orange Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets
Each packet is filled with juicy chicken and fresh, seasonal vegetables — all tossed in a delicious citrusy honey sauce and grilled to perfection.
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Chex Mix
Contributor, Patty, is filling her pantry with snacks so that she's ready for pool days, picnics, and movie nights. "Chex mix is one of my favorites (plus it helps me use up the last few handfuls of crackers and crisps from the pantry)."
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Strawberry Honey Butter
Do yourself a favor when making strawberry butter: Set some aside, wrap it up tightly, and tuck it in the freezer. You’ll be rewarded with this early summer sweetness months down the road.
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The Best-Ever California Sandwich
When it's too hot to cook or you just want to put your veggie haul to work, nothing beats this loaded, feel-good sandwich.
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2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet
You're gonna want to bookmark this one to keep on repeat all summer long.
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The Ultimate Summer Salad
Senior Food Editor, Megan, is looking forward to using all the summer produce from the farmers market in this can't-miss summer salad.
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Breakfast BLT
If your Father's Day plans include a special breakfast, this egg sandwich is guaranteed to win big points.
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Strawberry-Yogurt Popsicles
Now that strawberries are in their prime, these refreshing four-ingredient pops are a must this month.
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Baked Chicken with Artichokes, Cinnamon, and Preserved Lemons
After hearing Senior Contributing Editor Kelli rave about this underrated one-pan chicken dinner, Executive Editor, Adriana, added it to the top of her dinner roster.
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Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad
Once you’ve made this, you’ll hardly need to refer to the recipe again when making it a second time — and we guarantee there will be a second time.
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
From quick and easy weeknight dinners to cookouts, this saucy shredded chicken is a hit all around.
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Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad
This crowd-pleasing chilled noodle salad brings bright and savory flavors to the potluck along with chicken and a rich sesame ginger dressing.
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Grilled Steakhouse Skewers with Garlic Butter
Between the tender red onion, potatoes, garlic butter, and juicy cubes of meat, these skewers have a real steakhouse vibe happening. And they're perfect for a Father's Day dinner or weekend cookout.
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Chimichurri Sauce
Senior Contributing Food Editor Kelli is a strong believer that a good sauce makes everything better, and her favorite is zippy chimichurri. "This month chimichurri is my go-to sauce for drizzling on grain bowls, spreading on sandwiches, and spooning over everything I pull off the grill."
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Watermelon Margarita
Consider this easy three-ingredient fresh watermelon margarita a must this month.
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Pineapple BBQ Chicken Foil Packets
Pineapple and barbecue sauce are the ultimate smoky-sweet duo, and a natural fit for summer grilling.
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Easy Hatch Chile Egg Casserole
This dish delivers the distinct smoky flavor of New Mexico Hatch chiles in a cheesy baked egg casserole.
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Blueberry Scones
Blueberry muffins are nice, but have you tried blueberry scones yet?
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Easy Grilled Pork Chops with Sweet & Tangy Mustard Glaze
If you're firing up the grill for a Father's Day feast, you can't go wrong with pork chops. Brine the chops while the grill heats for the juiciest serving of pork, and finish with a sweet and tangy mustard glaze.
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Homemade Lemonade
Ditch the simple syrup for the easiest homemade lemonade ever.
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Ribs in the Oven
We've cracked the code to making perfectly tender and mouth-watering barbecued ribs in the oven.
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Lemony Ricotta Pasta with Roasted Asparagus and Burst Tomatoes
This vibrant pasta dish is packed with bursting cherry tomatoes and tender asparagus, and tossed in a bright, lemony ricotta sauce.
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Oven-Roasted Parmesan Corn on the Cob
You've got to try this corn on the cob before it's too hot to turn on the oven. Trust us!
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Mini Baked Alaskas
Senior Contributing Food Editor Sheela bookmarked these when they were published a couple of years ago and never got to them. But this month that all changes! "The hardest decision will be what ice cream flavor to use."
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The Ultimate Summer Pizza
All your favorite summer veggies are piled onto crisp grilled pizza dough that's brushed with garlic-herb oil.
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Kimchi and Crispy Garlic Dogs Recipe
Senior Recipe Editor, Amelia, could not be more excited to make every hot dog from our Haute Dog feature (again!) this month. She'll start here, with all-beef hot dogs loaded with kimchi, kimchi mayo, and crispy garlic pieces.
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