Recipes You Can Cook From Scratch in 15 Minutes

Get a whole week's worth of lightning-fast dinner ideas with Food Network Kitchen's 15-minute dinner guide.

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Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Beat- the-Clock Dinners

These quick-cooking recipes prove it's possible to whip up dinner in just 15 minutes flat. Keep all 7 in your back pocket for the nights when getting dinner together feels like an insurmountable task. Long before the fastest restaurant in your neighborhood could deliver to your door, you'll have a fresh and delicious dinner on the table. 

15-Minute Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Chipotle Slaw

 

This make-your-own-taco bar comes together in 15 minutes or less thanks to some help from the grocery store. Prepared chipotle mayonnaise, pre-cut coleslaw mix and canned beans are time-savers that make it easy to have tacos any day of the week.

 

 

 

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15-Minute Chicken Scaloppini with Artichokes

This Italian favorite is usually much more time-intensive to prepare, but this version puts the entire meal on your table in 15 minutes flat. Boiling water in a skillet rather than a large pot cuts down prep time dramatically and thin angel hair pasta cooks in only a few minutes. Capers and white wine create an intensely flavorful sauce that makes this quick chicken dinner anything but boring.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Chicken Scaloppini with Artichokes

15-Minute Indian Curry with Chicken and Peas

This one-pan dinner comes together faster than it would take for Indian take-out to get to your door. Chicken tenders need only a few minutes to cook in a flavorful sauce spiced with garam masala and curry powder. It's great served with store-bought naan, but it would be just as delicious served over fragrant basmati rice.

 

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Indian Curry with Chicken and Peas

15-Minute Grilled Skirt Steak with Pesto Butter

 

Skirt steak, a super flavorful and quick-cooking cut of beef, is the star of this 15-minute dinner. Topped with 2-ingredient pesto butter and served with grilled asparagus, this is a recipe that you should have in your back pocket for when guests come over on a busy weeknight, and you want to make a meal that will impress.

 

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15-Minute Broiled Salmon and Broccoli

 

This easy sheet tray dinner comes together in a snap thanks to an oft-forgotten workhorse of the kitchen: the broiler. The high heat it provides perfectly chars pre-cut broccoli florets and cooks salmon quickly. The creamy Dijon sauce acts as a protective barrier against overcooking, and keeps the fish moist in the oven.

 

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15-Minute Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Tofu sometimes gets a reputation for being bland, but that's not the case in this quick stir-fry. Simply toss some meaty baked tofu in a spicy Asian marinade with tons of bold flavor. Packaged stir-fry mix and pre-sliced shiitake mushrooms can easily be found in the produce section of most grocery stores, and make it possible for this healthy meal to come together in 15 minutes or less.

 

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15-Minute Cheesy Polenta with Chunky Tomato Ragu

 

This quick homemade tomato ragu is packed with vegetables and takes just a few minutes longer than warming up a jar of sauce. Finely chopping the vegetables in a food processor cuts down the cooking time tremendously. Serve it over quick-cooking creamy polenta for a complete meal that's ready in 15 minutes.

 

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Cheesy Polenta with Chunky Tomato Ragu