From mastering the groan-worthy pun to offering reliable advice, our dads have taught us a lot over the years and we cherish their stories. Treat the dad in your life to a meal this weekend that shows your appreciation. Our favorite Father’s Day recipes require a little prep and not a lot of tidying up, so you can spend time at the table all together.

Dad may have shared more than a few of his own tips and tricks for grilling a better steak. So whether you’re cooking for a burger aficionado or a lobster lover, it’s your turn to elevate those no-fuss meats with unexpected ingredients like cilantro, cola, and vanilla. While grilling may be written into the Father’s Day contract, stovetop main courses featuring fish, meatballs, and crunchy summer greens are surefire pleasers without the mess. Simple pastas and waffle breakfasts come together in no time. And don’t forget dads with a sweet tooth. What better than a classic pie to express your love?

Nicaraguan-Style Carne Asada

Nicaraguan-Style Carne Asada
Chloe Zale

Paired with crisp curtido, sweet plantains, and gallo pinto, this dish is part of a hearty, much-loved fritanga meal. Get the recipe for Nicaraguan-style carne asada »

Crispy-Skinned Salmon with Seaweed Salad

Crispy-Skinned Salmon with Seaweed Salad
Farideh Sadeghin

Drying and salting your salmon fillets helps ensure that the skin gets extra crispy. Get the recipe for Crispy-Skinned Salmon with Seaweed Salad »

The “Grill Everything but the Burger” Brisket Burger

The "Grill Everything but the Burger" Brisket Burger
Michael Turek

The all-brisket patty for this burger—from San Francisco’s Wes Rowe, a pop-up burger slinger—is grilled, but in a cast-iron pan over the flame. It’s a fan favorite for dads that love to grill. Get the recipe for The “Grill Everything but the Burger” Brisket Burger »

Classic Meatballs

Classic Meatballs for Father's day recipes
Todd Coleman

The key to making these meatballs is to brown them first in a skillet and then braise them in a sauce of red wine and tomatoes. Serve them with crusty bread or spaghetti to sop up the sauce. Get the recipe for Classic Meatballs »

Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Thighs with Roasted Radishes

Spice Rubbed Shawarma Spiced Chicken Father's Day recipes

These juicy and crispy pan-roasted chicken thighs rubbed with the spices commonly used for rotisserie-cooked shawarma meat are a sure hit in a lineup of healthy Father’s day recipes. Get the recipe for Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Thighs with Roasted Radishes »

Grilled Lobsters With Vanilla Cream Sauce (Langouste Á La Vannile)

Lobster with vanilla sauce Father's day meal
Matt Taylor-Gross

Think boldly when making a dish for dad. Grilled lobsters are a classic. Add a twist to how it’s dressed to vastly improve it’s wow factor. Get the recipe for Grilled Lobsters With Vanilla Cream Sauce (Langouste Á La Vannile) »

Roasted Salmon with Honey-Dijon Glaze

Roasted Salmon with Honey-Dijon Glaze

Is Dad a fan of fish? Whole grain Dijon mustard and lemon brighten up roasted salmon in this simple dinner main from The Yellow Table‘s Anna Watson Carl. Get the recipe for Roasted Salmon with Honey-Dijon Glaze »

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera for Simple Father's Day Dinner
Matt Taylor-Gross

Sirio Maccioni, the well-known restaurateur of Le Cirque fame, created this hearty vegetable-forward pasta. It’s a simple Father’s Day recipe that’s fast and easy to cook. Get the recipe for Pasta Primavera »

Grilled Flank Steak with Coca-Cola-Pickled Onions

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Flank Steak
Drew Anthony Smith

Use lettuce used as a crisp wrapper for bulgogi (marinated beef). In this recipe, sweeter pickled onions take the place of spicy kimchi. Get the recipe for Grilled Flank Steak with Coca-Cola-Pickled Onions »

Sweet Talking Son Cocktail

Sweet Talking Son Cocktail
Matt Taylor-Gross

A cross between a sazerac and a whiskey smash, this cocktail recipe by Suffolk Arms head bartender Caitlin Ryan highlights the versatility of Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, a brandy made in the American bourbon tradition. Get the recipe for Sweet Talking Son Cocktail »

Nancy Silverton’s All-Butter Biscuits

Nancy Silverton's Butter Biscuit recipe
Matt Taylor-Gross

Treat these super-buttery biscuits like puff pastry for folds that separate into flaky layers when baked. Get the recipe for Nancy Silverton’s All-Butter Biscuits »

Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken for a Father's Day recipe
Matt Taylor-Gross

Double-frying chicken wings is the secret to achieving the delicate, crackly crust that is the hallmark of this popular Korean specialty, made famous in this country at the Los Angeles restaurant Kyochon. Get the recipe for Korean Fried Chicken »

Espresso Waffles With Mocha Drizzle

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle
Farideh Sadeghin

Start Father’s day off with a sweet treat for dad. Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate. Get the recipe for Espresso Waffles With Mocha Drizzle »

Spinach and Potato Dumplings With Cold Tomato Sauce

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce
Matt Taylor-Gross

A chilled tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes makes a pleasant contrast to these hot potato and spinach dumplings, which chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin’s Lucky Leek binds together with firm tofu and durum wheat semolina. Dry the potatoes and spinach thoroughly so the dumplings will hold their shape. Get the recipe for Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce »

Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon Father's Day Recipes
Maura McEvoy

Father’s Day recipes aren’t complete without a veggie dish. Simple stir-fries get a hearty addition with coated fat from pork belly. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon »

Lemon Chiffon Pie

Lemon Chiffon Pie
Grant Cornett

Retro and mousse-like, lemon chiffon pie is a diner classic. Just don’t call it meringue. Get the recipe for Lemon Chiffon Pie »


Matt Taylor-Gross

Whiskey loving dads rejoice. This simple Father’s Day cocktail recipe for the classic Manhattan comes from Keen’s Steakhouse in Manhattan. Get the recipe for Manhattan »

Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice

Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice Simple Father's Day Dinner Idea
Andre Baranowski

Bacon adds smoky dimension to this stir-fry, a quick late-night snack from chef Tadashi Ono. It’s easily adapted to whatever leftovers you have in your fridge—roasted pork or chicken, egg, seafood, or just about any kind of vegetables. Get the recipe for Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice »

Roast Beef Sandwich With Walnut Romesco

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Joseph De Leo

Chunky romesco brings out the beefiness in this sandwich. Get the recipe for Roast Beef Sandwich with Walnut Romesco »

Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 seconds Iced Coffee with lime and peach nectar
Matt Taylor-Gross

This recipe treats iced coffee like a cocktail, adding peach nectar and lime juice to amp the beans’ citrus and other fruit notes. Get the recipe for Gone in 60 Seconds »

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie for Father's Day Dessert
Helen Rosner

This rich, creamy chocolate pudding pie is pure nostalgia. Get the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Pie »

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Matt Taylor-Gross

Our gluten-free alternative to the classic actually gives the cookies a boost: subtracting flour highlights their pure peanut butter flavor and adds a wonderfully chewy texture. Get the recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies »

Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes

Creme fraiche mashed potatoes Father's Day recipes
Farideh Sadeghin

Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes. Get the recipe for Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes »