10 Things to Serve for Easter That Aren't Ham or Lamb

10 Things to Serve for Easter That Aren't Ham or Lamb

Kelli Foster
Mar 26, 2018
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Glazed ham, leg of lamb, and even lamb chops are classics when it comes to Easter dinner mains, but they are far from the only options for your early spring celebration. I enjoy changing up our Easter dinner spread with alternatives like pork tenderloin, vibrant braised fish, salmon, and even chicken.

If you want to switch it up this year, here are 10 fresh ideas for Easter mains that aren't ham or lamb.

1. Skillet Braised Cod with Asparagus and Potatoes

This fast-and-fancy skillet dinner finishes with light, bright flavors that are perfect for a springtime holiday meal. It's also surprisingly easy to pull off!

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2. Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

On the years we don't have ham, this is my favorite thing to cook for Easter dinner. The tenderloin, which comfortably feeds about four, is simply cooked, but finished with a sweet and tangy mustard-flecked glaze that makes it feel fancy.

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3. Foolproof Salmon Baked with Olive Oil & Herbs

This is my favorite way to serve salmon for a crowd. Cooked at gentle 250°F, this fish finishes with a rich, buttery texture.

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4. Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary

Lots of briny feta and roasted garlic transform mild-mannered chicken breasts into a full-flavored, holiday-worthy meal.

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5. Gorgonzola-Stuffed Steak Roll-Ups

A duo of vegetables and a touch of gorgonzola keep this steak dinner light, and just right for an Easter celebration.

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6. How To Make Juicy & Tender Roasted Pork Loin: The Simplest, Easiest Method

If you prefer to skip the ham and lamb, a juicy pork loin is a nice alternative when you need a main to feed a crowd.

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7. Creamy French Mustard Chicken

I've been smitten with this skillet recipe since the first time I made it. It finishes with a luxe, just-tangy-enough sauce that instantly makes budget-friendly chicken thighs feel special.

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8. Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Fish Fillets With Crispy Potatoes

If you're looking for an easy but elegant main course, this is it. The fish cooks up perfectly on top of its own side dish of crispy potatoes, and the whole thing is just beautiful to look at.

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9. Panko-Crusted Salmon with Dill & Lemon

Lemon and dill are a classic salmon pairing, but it's the crispy golden panko crust that makes this version stand out on the table.

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10. Spaghetti with Crispy Pancetta, Peas, and Burrata

If you've been toying with the idea of pasta as your Easter main, this fast-and-fancy springtime number will not disappoint. Between the crispy pancetta, bright pop of fresh herbs, and creamy burrata, it is downright delicious.

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