Our Best 5-Ingredient Recipes to Ditch the Grocery List

Pantry looking a little sparse? These simple recipes are for you

If you're pressed for time, shopping for groceries can be an unpleasant and drawn-out experience. Not to fret: we have rounded up our favorite 5-ingredient recipes so you can be in and out of there in a pinch and start cooking. No grocery lists required.

When you've got hungry mouths to feed, weeknight dinners can be tests of speed as much as skill. Grab what you've got lying around in your pantry to whip up a pitch-perfect olive oil and garlic spaghetti in less than 20 minutes. Using fewer ingredients can also highlight the simple nature of certain dishes, like super simple fried chicken or olive oil crackers.

From pork fillet with seared broccoli and cracklings to wok-fired garlic shrimp, here are our best 5-ingredient recipes to try today.

Pork Fillet with Seared Broccoli and Cracklings

Pork Fillet with Seared Broccoli and Cracklings
"It can be difficult to cook the skin until crispy without overcooking and drying out the meat," says Copenhagen chef Niclas Grønhøj Møller, whose restaurant, Spisehuset, is located in the city's Meatpacking District. His quick and easy technique for cooking the two separately yields high-crunch cracklings and tender, juicy pork that's lightly pink in the center. If you can't find a skin-on loin, purchase about 10 ounces of pork skin (with the fat intact) separately from your butcher. Get the recipe for Pork Fillet with Seared Broccoli and Cracklings »Chris Tonnesen

Rita Sodi's Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil

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Rita Sodi, a native Florentine, is the chef-owner of I Sodi, a restaurant in the West Village where she cooks rustic Italian food including heaping bowls of pasta. This simple dish, full of garlic and salty Pecorino, is surprisingly full flavored with a kick of heat from the extra crushed red pepper. Get the recipe for Rita Sodi's Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil »Michelle Heimerman

Olive Oil Crackers

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Adapted from Anya Fernald's Home Cooked, this recipe for delicate, whole wheat-flecked crackers makes enough to feed a party, or last all week in your pantry. "The key to [their] crispiness is to roll out the dough extremely thin," the author writes. If the dough springs back at all while rolling, let it rest at room temperature for 5 minutes, then try again. Get the recipe for Olive Oil Crackers »Matt Taylor-Gross

Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic

Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic
Head-on shrimp, quickly stir-fried with garlic, are sweet, spicy and succulent. Serve over rice for an easy weeknight dinner. Get the recipe for Wok-Fried Shrimp with Garlic »James Fisher

Fresh Soba Noodles

Fresh Soba Noodles
Fresh buckwheat noodles are a staple of Japanese cuisine, second only to rice as the most consumed grain in that country. Here, Sonoko Sakai, author of Rice Craft, shares her technique for making soba from scratch. Get the recipe for Fresh Soba Noodles »Dylan + Jeni

Seven-Minute Soy Sauce Eggs

Seven Minute Eggs
Kyle Itani of Itani Ramen uses these soy-flavored eggs with runny yolks to top off his home-style chicken ramen. Get he recipe for Seven-Minute Soy Sauce Eggs »Matt Taylor-Gross

Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken

Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken
Parker's BBQ in Wilson, North Carolina, famous for its Family Platter with shatteringly crisp fried chicken, goes through seven to eight thousand chickens a week. A favorite of chef Elizabeth Karmel's, this super-simple recipe lets the flavor of the chicken shine. Get the recipe for Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken »Nicole Franzen