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 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, fast and fancy pantry pastas, and quick-simmered soups.
Stir-fries are my personal MVP of quick stovetop suppers, and the recipes in this lineup will hit the table in under 30 minutes. Expect to spend the bulk of your time in the kitchen prepping the ingredients, then once you hit the stove, the cooking happens in a flash.
- Potsticker Stir-Fry
- How To Stir-Fry Noodles
- Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
- Vegan Stir-Fried Cabbage in Peanut Sauce
Trade that jar of sauce for a few pantry ingredients, like breadcrumbs, anchovies, or frozen veggies, and you will be so amazed by the results.
- Easy Green Olive Pasta
- Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
- Brown Butter Parmesan Pasta
- Lemony Broccoli Pasta
- One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
Fast and Fancy Seafood Suppers
These four recipes are proof that fish and seafood dinners do not have to be fussy and time consuming. Each one comes together fast and has all the makings of a fast and fancy weeknight dinner.
- Salsa-Simmered Fish
- Skillet Cod with Lemon and Capers
- How To Quickly Cook Shrimp on the Stovetop
- Saucy Skillet Salmon
Add these recipes to your meal plan ASAP. These skillet dinners are your answer to weeknight comfort food in a flash.
Soup and Chili
Yes, you can make a pot of soup or chili on a weeknight. This recipe lineup shows you how it's done, and it all happens in 30 minutes or less.
- Tomato Tortellini Soup
- The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup
- Lemony Tortellini Spinach Soup
- Chorizo Chicken Chili
Your turn — tell us: what are your favorite 30-minute stovetop meals?