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Quick Dinner Recipes for One Person

You get home from work, you’re tired, you’re hungry, and you’re thinking, “How can I make a quick dinner that won’t take forever to cook?” You open the refrigerator, and stare inside, hoping for inspiration. You’re tempted to go for fast food, or reach for the menu from the pizza place.   Skip the takeout and make one of these quick dinner recipes for one person instead.

They’re all a single serving, but you can make enough for two, save the rest, and reheat it a day or two later (then you get dinner in 2 minutes!).

Most of these recipes take about 20 or 25 minutes to cook. Cut up some fruit, heat some rice (I always make extra), make a quick salad, or grab some crusty bread, and you’ve got dinner!

Quick Dinner Recipes for One

Single Serving Creole Cabbage with Sausage

creole cabbage and sausage

Skillet Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Sauce

chicken mushroom skillet recipe




Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

easy italian wedding soup

Apple Glazed Ham Steak

apple glazed ham steak

Easy Chicken Curry Recipe for One

one person chicken curry

Eggplant Parmesaneggplant parmesan for one

Pasta Pesto with Pistachios and Broccolipistachio pasta pesto

Salmon with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce for Onesalmon greek yogurt dill sauce

Singapore Noodles Dinner Recipe for One

easy singapore noodles with chicken

Greek Fish with Lemon and Tomatoes

greek fish with lemon and tomatoes

This has become one of my favorites during the summer. It’s tasty (and quick) when it’s hot and I don’t feel like cooking. Use greenmarket tomatoes (if you can get them).

Cold Leftover Steak Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

cold leftover steak salad




More Quick Dinner Recipe Ideas

15 minute meals for oneFifteen Minute Meals

In a really big hurry? Try my fifteen minute meals.  Real food (like tuna with beans, cherry tomato frittata, and eggs with spinach and chili peppers) in less time than it takes to order takeout.  Just the thing when you’re “hangry” and need food fast!

Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way

Start with a French chef and you know the food will be good. His version of fast food has no Big Macs in sight. Instead, you’ll get sweet potato chowder, oven baked salmon with sun-dried tomato and salsa mayonnaise, and egg and cheese gratin.


The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh

The name pretty much says it all. It’s got over 1,000 recipes made with ingredients that are easy to find. This book uses everyday ingredients, tells you what’s in season, and organizes the recipes by both types of foods and meals. Great if you’ve got some fish and don’t know what to do with it.

French Cooking in Ten Minutes: Adapting to the Rhythm of Modern Life (1930)

Before Rachel Ray, there was Eduard de Pomaine. This cookbook shows you how to make veal, beef, fish, desserts, and even soups in only a few minutes. And, it’s funny and well-written.

Yes, it was written long ago, but the translators have kindly included instructions on updating it for the modern kitchen (if it took 10 minutes chopping by hand, imagine what you can do with a mini-chopper!)




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