10 Easy Easter Dinner Ideas That Are Totally Celebration-Worthy

No need to spend half the holiday in the kitchen!

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Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon
CAITLIN BENSEL

If you're searching for some easy Easter dinner ideas, we've got you covered! One of the things we love most about the April holiday is that there's room to be creative. You could go the more traditional route with a hearty ham or leg of lamb (nothing wrong with that!), but there's definitely room to play, if you feel so inclined. Keep the meal cozy and decadent, or lighten things up and experiment with spring produce; it's up to you.

Scroll down for 10 tried-and-true recipes that are sure to delight your Easter Sunday guests and leave them feeling full and happy.

Ham and Leek Quiche

Ham and leek quiche displayed on a white background.
Jennifer Causey

This easy recipe nods to tradition by including ham, but also embraces vegetables with Swiss chard and leeks. Melted Gruyère is a welcome addition, uniting the ingredients with its nutty savoriness. There's no point in making your own pie crust if you're not feeling motivated to do so; you can buy a store-bought pie crust with fantastic, flaky results, and save yourself a lot of time. Then, go ahead and make a green salad to serve on the side; the brightness and acidity will cut through the rich quiche.

Fast Italian Fish Stew

Fast Italian Fish Stew
Caitlin Bensel

Low on time and eager to impress? This elegant fish stew was made for you. Tender halibut fillets rest on a bed of burst tomatoes and white beans, infused with flavor from garlic, capers, and lemon. Sprinkled with fresh parsley and basil, this filling stew is full of color and nutrients. Make sure to have plenty of crusty bread on the table to sop up every last bit!

Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic Leg of Lamb

Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic Leg of Lamb
A whole leg of lamb is a glorious thing. This one has loads of flavor infused throughout the meat with very little effort. You’ll start by stuffing sliced garlic all over the lamb, then storing it in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes (and up to 24 hours) before roasting for the tastiest results. This allows the garlic to thoroughly permeate the meat. When you’re ready to roast, place the lamb on a layer of lemon slices and rosemary sprigs to allow those flavors to infuse the meat while it cooks, too. The lamb takes less than 2 hours to roast, making this a relatively quick and easy main dish for such showstopping results. Get the recipe: Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic Leg of Lamb. José Picayo

Roasting a leg of lamb may sound intimidating, but the process couldn't be simpler, and it's fit for a feast! Our rendition only calls for a few ingredients and goes in the oven for less than two hours, so it barely requires forethought. The robust taste of lamb is perfectly complemented by the flavor-packed trio of rosemary, lemon, and garlic. To make your meal preparation even easier, know that this dish doesn't have to be served hot; it's just as great at room temperature.

Spring Minestrone

Spring Minestrone
Caitlin Bensel

If you plan to have vegetarians around your table this Easter, look no further than this vibrant, spring soup, which comes together in 30 minutes and can be scaled up easily to feed a crowd. Minestrone is an Italian soup made with vegetables and often pasta, and you can find endless versions of the recipe. This one plays up the produce with leeks, celery, green beans, and Swiss chard, while maintaining its comforting profile courtesy of ditalini pasta and Parmesan cheese.

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Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon

Citrus Recipes: Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon
Caitlin Bensel

Trust us: slow roasting is a foolproof method for making melt-in-your-mouth salmon. Our recipe includes thin slices of lemon and orange, which lend beautiful, citrusy flavor and an explosion of color. While your fish is in the oven, throw together an orange dijonaise and cucumber salad to dress it up. A few sprigs of dill are the final touch of this show-stopping main course.

Italian Easter Pie

Italian Easter Pie
Antonis Achilleos

Sometimes there's nothing better than spending a day in the kitchen with your loved ones, so if you're looking for a project for Easter, here's a fun idea. Full of cured meat and cheese, this savory pie is not for the faint of heart, but it's an undeniably delicious and celebratory meal. A buttery homemade crust encases a rich filling, balanced with roasted red peppers and spinach. This pie needs to cool for a minimum of three hours before serving, so plan to make it the day before Easter so you don't stress. Don't worry; it heats up well.

Honey-Ginger Ham

Ginger-Glazed Pork
Jen Causey

Glazed ham is an Easter classic, and this recipe is our take on the Coca-Cola glazed ham of yore. We swap Coca-Cola with ginger ale and add crystallized ginger to pump up the warm spiciness. Honey keeps things sweet and mellow, while orange zest and rosemary provide a fresh dimension. Last but not least, this ham will make your home smell incredible and is sure to delight your Easter guests!

Quick Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Easy Supper Ideas: Quick One-Pot Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew Recipe
Quentin Bacon

If you want to go the lamb route this Easter but you're not ready to roast an entire leg, opt for this one-pot meal, which includes lamb, carrots, onions, green beans, and more. The result is a cozy, nutrient-dense dinner that won't disappoint. Serve the stew with a starchy side, like scalloped potatoes or couscous, to absorb the broth.

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Shepherd's Pie

Simple Shepherd's Pie in Baking Dish on Top of Blue Kitchen Towel and Served in Small White Bowl, with sprigs of fresh thyme on small black dish
Greg DuPree

We'd be hard-pressed to come up with a recipe more comforting and satisfying than shepherd's pie. Hailing from the United Kingdom, shepherd's pie is a casserole filled with minced meat and vegetables, and topped with mashed potatoes. Our interpretation has ground beef, cremini mushrooms, and thyme, and comes out of the oven bubbling and golden.

Skillet Spanako"pea"ta

Skillet Spanako“pea”ta
This savory pie is bursting with bold flavors, thanks to the variety of fresh herbs, salty crumbled feta and tangy lemon juice. The fresh peas add a hint of sweetness, and turn this spanakopita into a spanako"pea"ta. Get the RecipeSkillet Spanako“pea”ta. Greg DuPree

Take a cue from the Greeks and make a skillet for Easter that's inspired by spanakopita—the beloved savory Greek pie made with phyllo pastry and spinach. We take some creative liberties in our recipe (the inclusion of fresh spring peas, for example), but the overall result is as flaky, buttery, and earthy as ever. This skillet could be the main event for a light Easter dinner, or it can be served alongside a protein, like lamb.

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