The Kitchn’s Top 31 Ideas for What to Cook This July
Picking what to cook in July can be a lot like the decision anxiety you have at the start of a vacation: There’s a lot you want to make, but what do you make first? There are the recipes that you’re willing to turn on the oven and the grill for (and they never disappoint), but there are also the equally stellar recipes that demand no time and no heat at all. But with 31 days of delicious eating that lie ahead, you have time to cook and eat everything and do it all to make the most of this month to come — from outdoor dinners, to chill desserts, to stunning cocktails.
Right off the bat we’ve got you covered with 4th of July cookout inspiration. Lacquered baby back ribs, crispy chicken wings, and burgers are fantastic choices for the center of the table, and to round it out you can add a few cooling sides like a vibrant pasta salad and a black-eyed pea salad — and don’t forget a no-bake dessert or patriotic Popsicles to serve as the fireworks light up the sky. Whether your barbecues, potlucks, or picnics land on the fourth or any other day in July, we’ve got ice-cold cocktail recommendations for you.
Headed to a rental house for a week or so? Roll up some kimbap to eat as finger food on the car ride over (don’t forget to stop at the gas station for more snacks). Vacation rentals can sometimes fall short when it comes to the amount of kitchen tools, but big-batch recipes like chicken sliders and brown butter za’atar pasta require one cooking vessel and minimal chopping.
If you can’t stand the heat of your house in July, use that as a cue to enter your no-cook cooking era and serve crudités with a no-cook dip. With National Ice Cream Day on the July calendar, we can choose to stay chill and enjoy many strawberry-flavored scoops of our favorite frozen dessert. With stone fruits and berries in peak season, now is also the time to make a jammy peach blueberry pie. And with it being summer, there’s no better fun than to have a scoop of ice cream on top of your slice of pie. See, I told you July is about doing it all!
From the Kitchn editors to you, here are 31 of our favorite ideas to help you get excited about cooking in July.