One-pot meals are easy and efficient
Delicious and effortless meals all made in just one pot
As the season begins to change and we find chilly fall temperatures fully upon us, we start to crave homey, hearty dishes — think stews, braises, and casseroles. But we aren’t all whizzes in the kitchen, and we don’t all have the time to follow a five-part recipe. Enter the one-pot meal.
The execution of a one-pot meal couldn’t be simpler. All you need is one pot, pan, skillet, or slow cooker to make easy and comforting dishes. What you can cook in just one vessel runs the gamut from breakfast frittatas to enchiladas, and it’s great for all occasions. You could make a sexy stew for date night, a chicken casserole for family dinner, or a baked ziti for a potluck with friends.
One-pot meals are also stress-reducers: just throw all of your ingredients into your pot, and let the oven or stove do the work for you. When the timer’s done, you’ll have a flavorful and substantial meal with minimal effort required. You can serve the meal right away, or as a time-saving tip you can also choose to make it ahead the morning of or the day before and warm it up in the oven before serving. The added bonus? Cleanup is as effortless as the recipes.
One-Pot Meals That Are Perfect for Summer Dinners
Summer often means grilled dinners, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it's worth noting that the one-pan meals meal we love&mdashmade on one sheet-pan, in one skillet, a saucepan, or in a Dutch oven&mdashare good options for seasonal meals, too. The one-pan dinners we turn to in warm weather are different than the baked casseroles or hearty stews that are our go-tos in fall and winter.
After Memorial Day (or before!) we still love the ease of doing all the cooking in one pan for the evening meal&mdashand who doesn't love fewer pans for cleanup? But we change up what we're making when the days are long and hot: Meals are lighter and brighter, still filling and nutritious but starring plenty of summer produce. And we're not telling you to put away the grill, either. We use the grill (or a griddle pan) as our one "pan" in a few different recipes. In addition to grilled dinners (and yes, burgers!), there will be main-dish salads, plenty of pasta, and maybe even a creamy chowder or two. Look out also for some revolutionary entrées&mdashwe're looking at you chicken and lettuce cups (food editor at large Shira Bocar dubbed this dish "lettuce tacos"). They'll also be some broiling because it's quick and has very tasty results, but we're not as focused on the stovetop or oven as we are in cooler weather.
Here's another thing to know about summer one-pot meals, we're not including any no-cook recipes here because they don't use any pans! And another handy fact: These summer one-pan dinners are much faster to make than the one-pan entrées of the cold months. All the recipes here cook in less than an hour, many take much less time than that.
25 Easy One-Pot Meal Ideas
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Easy One-Pot Shrimp Orzo
This creamy stew of tomatoes, kale, shrimp and orzo (a pasta, not a rice) starts with coconut oil—one of the superfoods incorporated into each recipe in the creative cookbook Superfoods at Every Meal. Chicken broth is added to the mix and everything simmers until it’s thick and flavorful. Dinner on the table in 20 minutes and one pan to clean—sounds like a win to me.
The allure of a one-pot recipe is strong: It's hard to argue with a dinner that is hearty, filling, and satisfying without the addition of any side dishes. Of course, practically any meal could be rounded out with a salad and a loaf of bread, but on nights when you don't have the time or energy to expend, any one of these meals will do the trick and then some. Most of our one-pot dinner recipes include a protein, vegetable, and starch, and all of them can stand on their own as a complete meal. Perhaps best of all, each of these recipes comes together fast&mdashthey'll be on the table in just 30 minutes.
There are stews that boast surprisingly complex flavor for having just simmered for a half hour sheet-pan suppers where everything cooks on the same pan (sometimes in stages) and skillet suppers that have you use the same pan to cook the protein and vegetables. One meal we love is the dish shown here: Sumac-Dusted Salmon with Broccolini, a simple sheet pan dinner that stars salmon fillets, crunchy croutons, garlicky broccolini, and quartered oranges, all livened up with sumac, a spice popular across the Middle-East. It brings a tart and tangy flavor, adding depth that can be otherwise hard to achieve in just a half hour.
Armed with these recipes (as well as one pot, skillet, or sheet pan), you can get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes or even less. What more could a busy cook ask for?
4. Use one bowl for prepped ingredients added to a recipe at the same time.
Prepping ingredients before cooking is a fabulous habit, and one you should consider taking up if you want to be a better cook. But prepped ingredients usually require a bowl to hold them until needed. And if you put every ingredient in a separate bowl, the dishes can really add up.
To put this tip into practice, review the recipes you’re cooking and figure out which ingredients are added at the same time. Onions and peppers go in the stir fry at the same time? Great – same bowl! All the spices go in at the same time? Great – same bowl! You get the idea! Make fewer dirty dishes by using less prep bowls when you can.
5 Easy One-Pot Recipes To Save Singaporeans From Endless Dish-Washing After Meals
In these tough times, most of us are channelling our inner Gordon Ramsay by whipping up a storm at home. Now that the Circuit Breaker has allowed us to finally spend true quality time at home with the fam, most of us have been polishing our cooking skills since dining out is not an option.
As any home cook knows, our main battle is usually with the ton of pots and dishes to clean up after. That’s where almighty one-pot recipes come in. Here are some easy and delicious recipes to start with, and they can all be done in a single pan:
1. Teriyaki Chicken With Rice
Teriyaki sauce has long been a favourite of many with its yummy combination of salty, sweet, and umami flavours. And now, you can whip up the simple but savory Teriyaki Chicken with Rice dish with your own homemade sauce to make it even more personalised.
You’ll need to prepare the sauce in a separate bowl, but apart from that, all this recipe really requires is for you to fry the rice and chicken, and steam it together with the veggies.
Serves: 2 pax
Prep time : 30 minutes
1 chicken breast, chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1.5 cups jasmine rice
2.5 cups of water
1 carrot, sliced
1 cup of chopped broccoli
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1½ cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- Set aside ½ teaspoon of garlic and ½ teaspoon of ginger for the sauce.
- Fry the rest of the garlic and ginger with the oil and chicken in a large skillet until the chicken is cooked.
- Add in the uncooked rice and saute for about 2 minutes.
- Add in the water, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- While waiting, prepare the teriyaki sauce by mixing the remaining garlic and ginger along with the soy sauce and brown sugar in a bowl.
Just mix your DIY teriyaki sauce in a bowl and you’re set
- Simmer the rice for 10 minutes and throw in the carrots and broccoli before closing it with a lid. Allow it to steam for 5 minutes.
- Take it off the heat and let it rest for another 5 minutes. After that, mix in the teriyaki sauce and stir well.
- Sprinkle some spring onions on top, and serve.
2. Salmon Bibimbap
Going on a K-drama binge sometimes calls for a good Korean dish to complete the experience. Amidst more complicated classics like kimchi jjigae and samgyetang , there’s one other dish that’s easy to put together, and that’s bibimbap.
If you’re up for a simple but nutritious meal, this recipe is for you. Instead of using usual ingredients like chicken and beef, we put our own twist and incorporated salmon instead. You’re not just getting a heap ton of fibre and protein in this dish – you’re getting a shot of vitamins and minerals to go with it.
Serves: 2 pax
Prep time: 35 minutes
1 cup of white rice, cooked
4 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 carrot, julienned
1 bunch of watercress, washed and cut in half
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 salmon steak or fillet, seasoned on both sides
1 egg per serving, cooked sunny side up
½ cup kimchi
Seaweed flakes for garnish
Salt and pepper
- Get your rice bowls ready – start with a scoop in each bowl.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the carrots in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add them to the bowls.
- Heat another 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the garlic over medium-high heat. Add the watercress along with a pinch of salt, and fry until wilted. Take it out and toss with sesame oil and soy sauce before adding to the bowls.
- Using the same pan, add another tablespoon of oil and heat up. Add the salmon and let it cook for about 3-5 minutes depending on thickness. After that, flip and cook the other side for about 3-5 minutes.
- Once cooked, flake it with a fork and add them to the bowls.
- Finish the bowl with some kimchi and seaweed flakes. Top off with a sunny side-up egg, and serve.
3. Chilli Crab Pasta
Since going out to feast on chilli crab is now out of the question, satiating those random cravings is going to be a lot harder. Fortunately, there are numerous instant sauces out there we can kope should we find ourselves missing its tangy-sweet flavour.
Eating whole crabs can be a feat on its own, so we’ve turned this into a quick, easy meal instead. Here we’ve prepared a chili crab pasta recipe, which requires just a handful of ingredients to create a scrumptious pasta dish.
Serves: 2 pax
Prep time : 30 minutes
125 grams of spaghetti, uncooked
1 shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
200 grams of cooked crab meat
1 packet of Sing Long Seafood Chili Crab Sauce
1 egg, beaten
Spring onion for garnish
1 tablespoon of salt
- Bring a skillet of water to the boil, and add the salt. Add the pasta and cook for the recommended amount of time on its packaging. Strain the pasta, keep the pasta water, and wipe the skillet dry.
- Use the same skillet to saute the shallots and garlic in oil.
- Add the crab meat and saute for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chili crab sauce. Mix in the pasta water till it reaches your desired level of thickness.
- Throw in the pasta and mix well.
- Add in the beaten egg and mix.
- To plate, dole out your desired amount and sprinkle spring onions on top.
4. Laksa Fried Rice
Fried rice is perhaps one of the easiest recipes we can cook up at home. All you really need is day-old rice, toss in whatever’s left in your fridge – and voila! You’ve got a delicious meal ready to tuck into.
Switch things up instead of frying it with the usual soy sauce. For this recipe, we’re throwing in a touch of laksa to create laksa fried rice .
With this dish, you don’t have to go through the hassle of creating the broth from scratch. The instant laksa sauce allows you to savour the creamy goodness of the dish with good ‘ol rice.
Serves: 2-3 pax
Prep time : 20 minutes
1 packet Prima Taste Sauce – Laksa Fried Rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 eggs, beaten
1 packet of fish cake, cubed
½ cup of cooked prawns
2 cups of cooked rice
- Heat up oil, and fry garlic and shallot s in a deep skillet or wok on medium heat until translucent.
- Add eggs and rice, and mix until rice is evenly coated.
- Add Laksa Fried Rice sauce along with 1 tablespoon of water. Fry until fragrant.
- Add the fish cakes and prawns, and toss for another minute.
5. Eggless Milo Mug Cake
Making desserts usually takes a long time, but you can actually cook a cafe-worthy eggless Milo pancake in under 10 minutes. All it takes is for you to chuck all the ingredients together and pop it into the microwave.
Technically, this dish is cooked in a mug rather than a pan. But hey – you’ll only need a single cup to wash after you’re done, so it’s a worthy addition to any list of easy recipes.
Serves: 1 pax
Prep time : 5-10 minutes
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of milk
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 mashed banana
1 tablespoon of Milo powder
A knob of butter
- Whisk everything together except the butter and 1 tsp of maple syrup in a mug and mix until there are no lumps.
- Microwave for about 1 minute on medium or until the top of the pancake is firm.
- Top with butter and the remaining maple syrup, and serve.
One-pot recipes for fuss-free cooking at home
If you’ve been looking for productive things to do while staying at home, cooking’s a great hobby to pick up now that we can’t dine out. As these one-pot recipes show, you don’t need much to whip up a good meal. Just use a single pan to cut down on the number of items to clean up post-meal.
And with Ramadan upon us, we may be looking for unique dishes to break our fast with . By spending time with our families and cooking up a storm at home, we can still keep the festive spirit alive and make the most out of the situation.
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Your festivities don’t have to be put on hold, especially if you’re a cooking newbie armed with easy one-pot recipes.
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Casseroles & Oven Bakes
20. 4-Ingredient Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole: Nutritious, low-calorie weeknight dinners don&rsquot get easier than this four-ingredient casserole.
21. One Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Root Vegetables: Roasted pork tenderloin, apples, carrots, potatoes, parsnips and sage cook together in the same pan for a delicious medley of flavors.
22. Dump-and-Bake Chicken Fajita Quinoa: This Mexican-inspired one-pot dish is loaded with protein, veggies and whole grains&mdashbut not calories.
23. Dump-and-Bake Butter Chicken and Rice: Based on a classic Indian butter chicken dish, this super simple yet scrumptious casserole requires virtually zero attention.
24. Sheet Pan Fajitas: Toss the ingredients on a sheet pan, turn on the oven and kick back your feet&mdashthese sizzling fajitas will be ready in just 30 minutes.
6. Chili Mac and Cheese
This easy, cheesy pasta dish is just what your body needs after a long day of outdoor adventures. The pasta combined with the chili makes a carb-and-protein-full mixture that’ll keep you feeling full the entire night—that is, until breakfast time.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- Medium sweet onion
- 1lb ground beef
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1.5 cups elbow macaroni
- 1 lb shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- Heat oil in a large skillet, then add beef, onion, and garlic. Saute until beef is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper then drain excess fat.
- Add in broth, sauce, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, chili powder, and cumin then bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in pasta and reduce to a simmer.
- Remove from heat and stir in cheese, plate, then garnish with parsley and additional cheese.
14 Easy One-Pot Dinner Recipes For Fall
Cooler fall weather requires cozy dinners that feel like the equivalent of wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket. Traditionally, those recipes often require a braise, a browning, a sauté or any number of techniques that require you to dirty up just about every pan you have in your kitchen. And unless you have someone who will happily wash all your dishes for you, the prospect of cleaning a pile of dishes can quickly thwart any motivation you had to cook.
Lucky for us, one-pot recipes have become ubiquitous in the food blogging world over the past few years. The following 14 recipes can all be prepared in a single pot, and then dished straight onto your plate. And if you used a pot that can fit the leftovers in your refrigerator, you might not even have to clean that one pot.
Check out the recipes below, from cider-braised chicken to creamy mushroom soup to a gorgeous French onion pasta bake. These’ll take care of you through autumn.