Slideshow: 25 Quick Dinner Recipes in 20 Minutes or Less

Tortellini Pasta Salad
Tortellini Pasta Salad
This salad is a less obvious use for frozen tortellini, and perfect for picnics when combined with summer vegetables and a simple Dijon vinaigrette. Get the recipe »
Amagansett Raw Corn, Tomato and Snap Pea Salad
Amagansett Raw Corn, Tomato and Snap Pea Salad
The idea of raw corn might seem odd but as long as the corn is super fresh, it's all sweetness; you can avoid that hint of chalkiness that sometimes happens. It also makes this one of the quickest dinners around. Get the recipe »
Gung Bao Chicken
Gung Bao Chicken
The chicken marinates in a mixture of soy sauce and cornstarch, which will eventually thicken the dish; peanuts are toasted to a deep golden brown. From there, it's five quick minutes of cooking while the aromatics—ginger, garlic, and chiles—build lots of flavor very quickly. You may never order Kung Pao Chicken again... Get the recipe »
Ferran Adria's Caesar Salad
Ferran Adria's Caesar Salad
Though the recipe deviates from the authentic recipe from Tijuana (using Spain's ubiquitous sherry vinegar instead of lemon or lime juice), it's a delicious variation, and otherwise a pretty basic recipe centered around garlic and anchovies, like a proper Caesar dressing should be. Get the recipe »
Pork Chops with Magic Dust
Pork Chops with Magic Dust
The main flavors in Magic Dust are cumin and mustard powder, which give it the pungency and unique spiciness it's famous for (the cayenne, chili powder, and black pepper help, too). A little sugar ensures extra caramelization, and paprika brings the deep red color. Get the recipe »
Steamed Salmon with Raisins, Kale and Pine Nuts
Steamed Salmon with Raisins, Kale and Pine Nuts
Taking a cue from a Roman preparation, the spinach, pine nuts, and raisins garnish the salmon to add crunch and sweetness. But the best part of the whole thing was the salmon. This is one of the moistest, most flavorful preparations of salmon out there. Get the recipe »
Penne with Tuna and Spicy Mustard
Penne with Tuna and Spicy Mustard
A picture of simplicity, this recipe uses the oil from the tuna (making it essential to buy good-quality stuff packed in olive oil) mixed with spicy whole-grain mustard and penne to create a thoroughly satisfying 15-minute meal. Get the recipe »
Midnight Asparagus with Creamy Eggs
Midnight Asparagus with Creamy Eggs
One of the easiest and most satisfying ways to enjoy fresh asparagus is to pair it with an egg. This recipe makes that tasty combo even easier by using a single pan. Get the recipe »
Asparagus with Creme Fraiche Mustard Sauce and Proscuitto
Asparagus with Creme Fraiche Mustard Sauce and Proscuitto
Nothing more than whole-grain mustard stirred into crème fraiche and lightened with a little lemon juice, it's somehow just as satisfying as hollandaise but far quicker, lighter, and simpler. A bed of proscuitto doesn't hurt either. Get the recipe »
Whole Wheat Linguine with Julienned Zucchini
Whole Wheat Linguine with Julienned Zucchini
Strands of zucchini are steamed briefly over the pasta pot until they are still a bit crunchy, then tossed with sautéed garlic, red chile flakes, and basil, and bound with a simple sauce of Parmesan and pasta cooking water. Get the recipe »
Warm Fingerling Potato and Tuna Salad
Warm Fingerling Potato and Tuna Salad
Start with creamy fingerling potatoes and toss them with the tuna, capers, red onion, olives, and parsley. It's creamy and rich, but it has bite, too. Get the recipe »
Clams with Sweet Potato, Smoked Sausage and Watercress
Clams with Sweet Potato, Smoked Sausage and Watercress
There are really only six ingredients here (seven if you count water) but the dish feels miraculously complete. The clams, andouille, and sweet potatoes combine to create something that's fully flavored, a little spicy, and just barely sweet. Get the recipe »
Garlic Shrimp with Basil, Tomato and Pepper Flakes
Garlic Shrimp with Basil, Tomato and Pepper Flakes
In this quick and healthy meal, the sweet bursts of the grape tomatoes and fragrant basil bring to mind a summer picnic. Get the recipe »
Dan Dan Noodles
Dan Dan Noodles
With this noodle dish, the technique is as simple as using high heat and working quickly. It's a slightly Americanized version, yet the taste is wonderfully deep and satisfying. And it comes together in less than 20 minutes. Get the recipe »
Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad
Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad
If you've ever wondered how to get juicy, crisp chicken without pulling out the deep fryer, this is the technique to do it (it will work for chicken thighs, too). Pair the chicken with some apples, dried cranberries, and the tangy, creamy dressing. Get the recipe »
David Tanis's Pasta with Squid and White Beans
David Tanis's Pasta with Squid and White Beans
The pleasant chewiness of the squid, the smooth creamy beans, and the bold use of fresh marjoram as a major flavor alongside garlic and red pepper flakes together make for a great bowl of pasta. Get the recipe »
Thai-Style Minced Chicken with Basil and Chiles
Thai-Style Minced Chicken with Basil and Chiles
The flavors revolve around two Thai sauces: fish sauce and black soy sauce. While it's easy to find fish sauce, black soy sauce is a little trickier, but you can add a little molasses or even brown sugar to regular soy sauce to approximate. Add in some fragrant basil leaves and some fresh chiles, and you've got a tasty ten-minute dinner on your hands. Get the recipe »
Linguine with Heirloom Tomato, Capers, Anchovies and Chile
Linguine with Heirloom Tomato, Capers, Anchovies and Chile
When the pasta is done cooking, it's tossed right into the pan with the sauce, so that each bite is coated with the flavorful mixture. It actually comes off something like a mix between a funky puttanesca and a fiery all'amatriciana. Get the recipe »
Maio Pork with Corn and Chiles
Maio Pork with Corn and Chiles
Pork may be the first ingredient listed, but as you can tell by the picture, corn makes up the bulk of this dish. The resulting stir-fry is fragrant with garlic and Sichuan peppercorns, slightly sweet from the corn, and just a bit spicy from the chiles. Get the recipe »