During the height of summer, we like to spend as much time relaxing outside as possible. This means that we aren’t always in the mood for a day in the kitchen. For those occasions, we rely on quick and easy recipes. Whether you’re tucked away at home or relaxing in a beachside getaway, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for summer meals that come together in 20 minutes or less.
A light, cool pasta salad makes for a great meal on a hot summer day. Perfect for a picnic, our Greek-inspired pasta salad pairs rotini with tangy feta and ripe veggies. Slightly heartier is our sausage and arugula pasta salad with a simple vinaigrette. For an Asian twist, try our soba noodle salad with marinated cucumber and ponzu or our sesame noodles with a creamy peanut butter and and sesame paste sauce.
Grilling might seem too involved for a quick meal, but once you master the basics it becomes totally doable on a weeknight. Get your fire going and cook up a smoky brisket burger, lobster, or even a whole sea bass.
Fish cooks quickly, so it’s a prime candidate for a fast summer meal off the grill, too. Try cooking fish fillets in a skillet with cherry tomatoes for an easy but elegant supper. Even easier is blue catfish, which we very simply pan-fry in butter. Sole meunière is a French classic that sounds intimidating, but comes together in minutes with butter, flour, and lemon.
Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of quick and easy summer recipes.