Lisa Hubbard
By Real Simple
August 26, 2015

Don’t have a lot of time to spend on dinner? Try one of these speedy recipes that take just 15 minutes or less of hands-on work. For more ideas, get smart tips and family-friendly recipes for quick dinners.


Shrimp, Leek and Spinach Pasta

Christopher Baker

While the pasta cooks, sauté the leeks and shrimp in butter. The spinach will wilt naturally when combined with the warm pasta.

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Shrimp With Tomatoes and Olives

Anna Williams

Serve this flavorful dish with couscous, a quick-cooking staple that’s an instant time-saver.

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Spicy Salmon With Bok Choy and Rice

Raymond Hom

Baste the fish with a mixture of honey, soy sauce, and crushed red pepper to give it a tasty glaze.

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Salmon With Creamy Cucumber-Fennel Salad

José Picayo

To speed up pre-dinner prep time, make the side salad up to 12 hours in advance; serve cool or at room temperature.

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Chicken, Zucchini and Prosciutto

Anna Williams

The chicken cooks in the oven while you crisp up the prosciutto and sauté the zucchini.

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Baked Pecorino Chicken

David Prince

A crunchy coating of grated pecorino, bread crumbs, and butter breathes new life into boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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Chicken Curry in a Hurry

John Kernick

Craving Indian food? Throw together this satisfying dish, which uses a rotisserie chicken to save time.

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Pasta With Turkey and Broccoli

Raymond Hom

Ground turkey cooks up quickly and is a leaner, healthier alternative to beef.

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Zucchini and Bean Salad With Bulgur

Marcus Nilsson

There’s nothing here that requires real cooking—the bulgur simply steams in boiling water.

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Whole-Grain Spaghetti With Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes

Hans Gissinger

This recipe is chockfull of healthy ingredients, including kale, almonds, fresh garlic, and cooked tomatoes.

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Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Hector M. Sanchez

Tomato paste and chili powder give this chili depth of flavor and spice.

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Spanish Omelet With Potatoes and Chorizo

Ngoc Minh Ngo

This hearty omelet cooks in the oven, meaning you can throw together the simple side salad while it bakes.

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Steak With Roasted Parsnips, Tomatoes and Scallions

David Prince

Toss the vegetables with thyme and olive oil and roast until tender; all that’s left to do is to sear the steak.

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Steak With Artichoke and Cherry Pepper Sauté

Marcus Nilsson

The sweet cherry peppers and tangy artichokes make an outstanding accompaniment for the garlic-rubbed steak.

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Fishermen’s Soup

Marcus Nilsson

Halibut and quick-cooking mussels are the stars of this rich, fragrant meal-in-a-bowl.

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Roasted Cod and Scallions With Spiced Potatoes

Lisa Hubbard

All the ingredients cook in the oven, which means there’s very little hands-on prep.

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Poached Halibut With Green Beans and Red Potatoes

Hector Sanchez

Cook the green beans in the same pot as the potatoes, saving both time and clean-up effort.

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Oven-Fried Pork Cutlets With Fennel-Chickpea Slaw

Christopher Baker

The crisp, refreshing slaw helps cut through the crunchy, meaty cutlets.

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Caribbean Tenderloin With Mango Salsa

Grant Cornett

Give dinnertime a tropical flair with this lively salsa made with fresh mango, scallions, lime juice, and crushed red pepper.

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Quick Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Quentin Bacon

Make an extra batch of this freezer-friendly stew and save for a night when you’re even more pressed for time.

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This article originally appeared on Real Simple.

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