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When it comes to crispy fried foods, tartar sauce is the perfect accentuation. If you want to recreate those signature fast food fried fish sandwiches, it’s a must. But who knows what those weird artificial ingredients are in the store-bought versions? Make this homemade tartar sauce recipe for more flavor and better health for your happy family!

Best tartar sauce recipe

Best Tartar Sauce Recipe

Creamy and tangy, tartar sauce makes a great dip for all kinds of goodies. Once I figured out how to make it myself, I’ve never bought it from the condiment aisle ever again and now neither will you!

Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe

Tartar sauce only takes 5 minutes to make. From there, you can use it on so many wonderful things. Make a big batch or keep it small to keep it fresh if you’re not going to use it that often.

Ingredients for making tartar sauce

Ingredients in Tartar Sauce

  • Mayonnaise – the creamy base you start with
  • Sweet relish – to give it a slight sweetness with crispy chunks
  • Capers – ah, the savory element is all here
  • Lemon juice – use fresh to add that tang
  • Worcestershire sauce – a key element in rounding out the rest of the flavors

Easy tartar sauce recipe

How do you Make Tartar Sauce from Scratch

Simply round up all the ingredients and mix them together. Add salt and pepper to taste and you’re ready to serve your homemade tartar sauce.

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What to serve with tartar sauce

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Tartar Sauce Every Time

  • Choose quality ingredients. Always!
  • Don’t skip the lemon. It adds that tang that cuts up the creaminess of the mayo.
  • Use both the sweet relish and the capers. This balances the flavor between sweet and savory so neither is too cloying.

Is tartar sauce made with cream of tartar?

Some recipes do use cream of tartar to make tartar sauce. This recipe does not include it as an ingredient. It is not a mandatory requirement of making tartar sauce to include cream of tartar.

What to Serve with Tartar Sauce

Fried foods go great with tartar sauce, especially seafood. Fried fish, clam strips, shrimp, and all those things are amazing with it. Even a grilled fish sandwich is a match with tartar sauce. Hushpuppies and fries are fun to dip in this sauce too.

Is tartar sauce made with cream of tartar

How to Store Tartar Sauce

Since it contains mayonnaise, tartar sauce must go in the fridge. If you’re serving it at a gathering, only portion out a small bit and refill as needed to keep it from spoiling.

How Long Does Tartar Sauce Last?

When you put it in an airtight container, your tartar sauce will last up to 2 weeks. If you’re making it for an event, make it the day before so all the flavors have a chance to meld.

Can You Freeze Tartar Sauce?

Tartar sauce isn’t the best item to freeze because of the mayonnaise. It will separate some.

How to Thaw Frozen Tartar Sauce?

It’s not recommended you freeze it in the first place. If you do go against the grain, freeze the other ingredients sans mayo, then thaw them in the fridge. Once thawed, you can add in mayonnaise.

Tartar sauce recipe

Easy Classic Tartar Sauce Recipe

This homemade easy tartar sauce recipe is simple to make and is so much better than store bought. Its creamy, delicious and goes well with a variety of seafood dishes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 34 kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Add the salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgIron: 1mg
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Roasted potatoes are a wonderful side dish that keeps everyone coming back for more. In my house, when my husband and kids find out I’m serving this oven roasted potatoes recipe with dinner, they rush to the table as fast as they can. Easy, delicious, and nutritious, it comes together quick for an elegant meal any time.

Best roasted potatoes recipe

Best Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Once upon a time, I used to buy those processed food kids. You know the ones. They promised delicious sides in no time. They have all kinds, including ones with potatoes. And then, I found out what was in them and needless to say, I found it was not only healthier but also tastier to make potatoes with ones I got from the produce department. This recipe ensures you’ve got tender, flavorful potatoes to go with your best meals.

Ingredients for making roasted potatoes

Ingredients in Roasted Potatoes

  • Red potatoes – you could use any potatoes, but with the red ones, you don’t need to worry about peeling. You can also substitute Yukon gold potatoes or russet potatoes if you do not have red potatoes.
  • Garlic – mince your own for the best taste.
  • Olive oil – a healthy fat to help the potatoes roast.
  • Seasonings – a bit of Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, sea salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika is all you need to give these potatoes zing. If you do not have Italian seasoning you can simply use parsley, thyme, or other fresh herbs for a simple and delicious flavor.

Easy roasted potatoes recipe

Easy Roasted Potatoes Recipe

While this recipe does require planning a short time ahead, the steps are incredibly easy. Plus, it only takes 8 ingredients to make a side dish that will have everyone licking their plates.

This is deep…everything in the world is either a potato or not a potato.

How do you Make Roasted Potatoes from Scratch?

It’s so simple to get a delicious roasted potato side dish. You’ll chop the potatoes up, soak them in cold water, drain and dry them, and then coat them with the olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. Once that’s done, bake them for 35 minutes while you get the rest of dinner together.

How do you make roasted potatoes from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Roasted Potatoes Every Time

  • Soak those potatoes first. You don’t HAVE TO, but I can assure you that if you use this step, you will get perfectly crispy, roasted potatoes just like at your favorite restaurant.
  • Make sure you drain and dry them well. For the soaking to have the desired effect of removing excess starch, you must drain them and dry them off after soaking.
  • Try a salad spinner. I used mine to help dry off the potatoes in record time!

How do you make roast potatoes crispy

How to Cook Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are made in the oven. You will want to give them that soaking before you begin roasting. After that, it’s very quick to make!

Which potato is best for roasting?

Red potatoes are the best because they are easier to prepare and cut. There’s no need to peel them either.

Should potatoes be soaked before roasting?

Yes. You can skip this step but your potatoes will not get as crispy as they would with the soaking.

Should potatoes be soaked before roasting

How do you make roast potatoes crispy?

The secret is soaking them for an hour before roasting. This draws out the starches to make them nice and crispy.

Why won’t my roast potatoes go crispy?

You are not soaking them. A cold water soak an hour prior to cooking is what helps them get crispy.

Why are my roast potatoes soggy?

You likely didn’t drain and dry them enough. After soaking, you must make sure to remove excess water so they will get that crisp texture you want.

How Long to Bake Roasted Potatoes

It will take 35 minutes in your oven at 400F to roast potatoes properly.

What to Serve with Roasted Potatoes

Oh, the possibilities! Roasted chicken, ham, steak, pork tenderloin, lamb chops, or even baked fish are all stellar main dishes to serve with your roasted potatoes.

Which potato is best for roasting

How to Store Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes need to be refrigerated after you’re done serving them. Cooked potatoes cannot be left out on the countertop all night.

How Long Do Roasted Potatoes Last?

In an airtight container, you can enjoy those roasted potatoes for between 3 and 5 days.

Can You Freeze Roasted Potatoes?

Absolutely! You get more life out of them too so if everyone is all potato-ed out, you can put them in the freezer. Properly wrapped or encased in an airtight container, they will last for as long as a year.

How to Reheat Roasted Potatoes?

Thaw in the fridge overnight first, then bake until hot. You can also zap them in the microwave but they lose their lovely texture that way.

Roasted potatoes recipe

Roasted Potatoes Recipe

This oven roasted potatoes recipe is perfect if you like your potatoes crispy on the outside and light an fluffy on the inside. This super easy side dish goes great with almost any meal and comes out perfect every time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 169 kcal


  • 2 lbs red potatoes chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning


  • Preheat your oven to 400F. While the oven preheats, cut the potatoes into 1 inch cubes and allow to soak in cold water for about an hour.
  • Drain and dry the potatoes, then toss in the olive oil and seasoning. Bake for about 35 minutes on a baking sheet or pan until browned and fork tender.


Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 809mgPotassium: 734mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
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You don’t need to wait for a holiday to make this green bean casserole recipe. In fact, it’s easy enough to make for any dinner. Let it be Christmas in July or a Sunday dinner on a Monday night. It’s the family favorite recipe the whole family loves every time!

Best green bean casserole recipe

Best Green Bean Casserole Recipe

This is the best green bean casserole recipe that makes those family-style flavors so perfectly. It’s the perfect Christmas or Thanksgiving holiday side dish and delicious every single time!

Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

It’s funny because I used to think green bean casserole was such a hard dish since it was always in my mom and grandma’s holiday lineups. But it takes only 8 ingredients and 35 minutes from start to finish so you can make this any time.

Ingredients for making green bean casserole

Ingredients in Green Bean Casserole

  • Green beans – use canned for a softer texture or fresh green beans (boil first) for a firm texture. I prefer canned for this recipe.
  • Mushroom soup – the canned cream of mushroom works great but…
  • Heavy cream – if you mix it together with heavy cream, it takes it to a whole new level of creamy deliciousness. Its almost like a creamy mushroom sauce!
  • Crispy onions – you’ll add these french fried onions in the casserole and on top for plenty of texture and flavor. Fried onions are the best option here but if you must, you can substitute panko or breadcrumbs.
  • Cheddar cheese – who can resist more cheese? I’ve also done a blend of half cheddar half Parmesan cheese that was delicious.
  • Seasonings – smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper give this a more refined taste. A dash of garlic or celery salt can also add a good flavor.

Easy green bean casserole recipe

How do you Make Green Bean Casserole from Scratch?

It really couldn’t be easier. You’ll start by mixing the cream of mushroom soup with the heavy cream. Then you’ll add in the drained green beans, seasonings, and crispy onions. You’ll top it off with a layer of the cheese and then more crispy onions, bake, and then serve.

Lean, mean, green bean casserole machine.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Green Bean Casserole Every Time

  • Use heavy cream. The cream of mushroom soup isn’t enough to make it as rich as you’d like. With heavy cream, everyone will want to know why your green bean casserole is so incredible.
  • Dislike mushrooms? You can use a different cream soup. Again, don’t skip the heavy cream though!
  • You can make it ahead so you can just bake it the day you plan to serve it. Leave the crispy onions out of it though until you’re ready to bake or they’ll get soggy and gross.

How do you make green bean casserole

How to Cook Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole bakes in the oven. Once you have it assembled, you’ll pop it in the oven and soon smell deliciousness throughout your home!

What can I use instead of cream of mushroom soup in green bean casserole?

You can use any can of creamy soup, like cream of celery for example. You can also make your own creamy soup for casserole mixes with 2 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of flour, a half-cup of chicken broth, and half-cup of milk with salt and pepper to taste. Make a roux with the butter and flour, then slowly add in the broth, followed by the milk.

Why is my green bean casserole runny?

If you don’t use the right ingredients, you may find yourself with a runny green bean casserole. Follow this recipe and you should see complete success!

How do you thicken a watery casserole?

Add a cornstarch and water slurry, slowly stirring it in until it gets to your desired thickness.

How to cook green bean casserole

How Long to Bake Green Bean Casserole

It takes about 30 minutes to bake a green bean casserole at 350F. Set your timer and take a peek. If it’s bubbly and hot, it’s ready!

Can you prep green bean casserole ahead?

You can make it up to 48 hours in advance. Just keep the crispy onions out until you’re ready to bake it or they will get soggy. If you’re making large batch, you an prep it a large bowl or large pot and then bake in batches when ready.

What to Serve with Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole goes with traditional dinner items like roast chicken, turkey, beef, or pork. You can serve other sides with it too like mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, cauliflower or broccoli with cheese, sauteed spinach, a green salad, and fresh-baked dinner rolls.

What can I use instead of cream of mushroom soup in green bean casserole

How to Store Green Bean Casserole

Because of the heavy cream and cheese, once you’re done serving it and it has cooled, you must put green bean casserole in the fridge.

How Long Does Green Bean Casserole Last?

In your fridge, green bean casserole will be good for 3 to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Green Bean Casserole?

You bet you can freeze it! Make sure you use an airtight container and you can keep it for 10 to 12 months.

How to Reheat Green Bean Casserole?

If it’s frozen, allow it to thaw in your fridge overnight. There’s no super-speedy way to reheat it as the oven is best. You’ll want to preheat to 350F and then bake it covered with foil for 45 minutes until it’s hot.

Green bean casserole recipe

Classic Green Bean Casserole

This classic green bean casserole recipe makes the perfect side dish for a group of people. The textures and flavor of this recipe are what make it truly stand out. Soft tender green beans with crispy onions in a hot creamy sauce. My family loves it around the holiday!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 208 kcal


  • 2 10.5oz cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup crispy fried onions
  • 3 14.5oz cans green beans drain
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large casserole baking dish or oven skillet, stir together the cream of mushroom soup and heavy cream. Then, add in the green beans, 1/4 cup crispy onions, and spices to the cream mixture. Sprinkle a top layer of cheddar cheese and and the remaining crispy fried onions and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.


Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 35mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 547IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 1mg
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Crab cakes are one of my favorite things to eat when we go out for seafood. But they can be so expensive and you only get a couple of them. With this crab cake recipe, you get that delightful seafood restaurant flavor and more for your money. Maryland is famous for their Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and their deliciously unique style of crab cakes. These make a great meal or an appetizer to serve up to your favorite guests.

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Best Crab Cake Recipe

With fresh ingredients, this is no doubt the best crab cake recipe. It’s perfect for a special occasion yet easy enough to not make you crazy.

Ingredients for making crab cakes

Ingredients in Crab Cake

  • Crab meat – you can’t have crab cakes without it (please use real crab meat and not the imitation stuff). There are different types of crabmeat of which many will work perfectly for crab cakes although one of my. favorites is jumbo lump crab meat.
  • Bread crumbs – this makes the basis of the cake (you can substitute panko here).
  • Binding ingredients – egg, melted butter, mayo, Worcestershire, and Dijon all work together to add flavor and bind your crab cakes together.
  • Old bay seasoning – adds that distinctive crab cake taste.
  • Lemon juice – seafood is harmonious with a hint of citrus.

Easy crab cake recipe

Easy Crab Cake Recipe

There’s only a few steps to making this easy crab cake recipe. While it does take time, most of that is waiting for it to chill long enough in the fridge. Just 11 ingredients and easy steps make this recipe hard to beat!

You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.

How do you make crab cakes from scratch

How do you Make Crab Cakes from Scratch?

It’s really so easy! You’ll combine everything together, refrigerate it, then put it on a baking sheet and bake. There’s nothing else to it.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Crab Cake Every Time

  • Go for quality with that crab meat. It’s worth it!
  • Don’t overmix it or you’ll bust up the crab meat lumps.
  • Make sure you take the time to chill it. Otherwise it won’t retain its shape when you bake it and will fall apart.
  • Use a measuring cup to scoop the mixture into crab cakes. This makes them all the same size and they’ll all bake evenly.

How to cook crab cakes

Can I use claw meat for crab cakes?

Yes, some people even prefer it since claw meat is very flavorful. It’s a cheaper option so if you’re on a budget, go for claw meat, but please never use imitation crab in your crab cakes.

Is it better to fry or bake crab cakes?

Baking is so much better. For starters, you’re not using all that oil. Plus, it gives you that nice crispy exterior with less work for you!

How do you keep crab cakes from breaking?

The secret to keeping them together is refrigerating the mixture first. This helps it bind together and prevents it from crumbling.

How long to bake crab cakes

How to Cook Crab Cake

This recipe lets your oven do the cooking, assuring a perfect texture and finish every time!

How Long to Bake Crab Cake

Once it’s all ready to go after chilling, it will take about 12 minutes of baking time to bake your crab cake.

How do you keep crab cakes form falling apart

What to Serve with Crab Cake

You can serve crab cakes with remoulade sauce, tartar sauce, hot sauce, or cocktail sauce, especially if you’re serving it as an appetizer. It also works as a meal with perhaps a nice gazpacho served prior to it. Alongside it on the dinner table, oven roasted veggies, herb-roasted potatoes, and fresh green salad will all go beautifully. Crusty bread or rice can be a nice carb to serve with it too. Don’t forget your lemon wedge slice!

What goes well with crab cakes for dinner?

Crab cakes make a great dinner with sides of roasted veggies, sauteed green veggies, a salad, rice, or crusty bread. A soup like gazpacho is a great opener to a meal of crab cakes too.

Homemade Maryland style crab cakes

How to Store Crab Cake

Wrap them well and store them in your fridge. They will taste the best when they are fresh.

How Long Does Crab Cake Last?

In your fridge, you can keep crab cakes for 3 to 5 days. After that, you’ll want to freeze them.

Can You Freeze Crab Cake?

Yes, and I love this trick because I will often make extras to freeze for use at another time to make dinner simple. Wrapped well, they will keep for up to 1 month.

How to Reheat Crab Cakes?

If frozen, thaw them in your fridge overnight first in a small bowl. From there, you can bake them at 325F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Crab cake recipe

Classic Maryland Crab Cake Recipe

This Classic Maryland Crab Cake recipe uses less filler and quality ingredients to make one of the most delicious crab cakes you've ever tasted with a tender and juicy texture packed with flavor! Serve with my very own tartar sauce recipe for the perfect flavor balance.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 1 hr 14 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 272 kcal


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp butter melted, unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 lb crab meat
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, parsley, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, lemon juice, melted butter and salt. Add in the crab meat and bread crumbs and use a rubber spatula to fold everything together.
  • Then, cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet or pan with aluminum foil. With a 1/2 cup measuring cup, portion the crab cake mixture into patties or balls on the baking sheet, making sure not to flatten. Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Squeeze on fresh lemon juice and then serve.


Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 26gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 1431mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 273IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 3mg
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“Oh fudge.” My favorite line from A Christmas Story. Also, what I said to myself when I realized that I hadn’t made fudge in a while. The kids reminded me and so we whipped up a batch together. It’s dangerously good and because it’s so easy, perhaps even more dangerous. No need for a lot of fuss, but if you want fudge to indulge with or to make as gifts for someone sweet, this fudge recipe has your back!

Best fudge recipe

Best Fudge Recipe

What makes the best fudge recipe? I’d say that rich, chocolate fudge texture and taking barely any hands-on time to make. This one tops it off with nuts, but if you have nut allergies (or just don’t want them in your fudge) you can leave them off.

Ingredients for making fudge

Ingredients in Fudge

  • Chocolate chips – semi-sweet gives just the right amount of chocolaty goodness.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – adds a creaminess to your fudge and gets it to that right texture.
  • Butter – helps form the bonds of fudge and create a cream-y texture.
  • Vanilla extract – adds depth to the sweetness with vanilla contrast.
  • Chopped nuts – pecans and walnuts are added at the end (though they can be omitted if you’d prefer).

Easy fudge recipe

Easy Fudge Recipe

The only hard part about making homemade fudge is waiting for it to set. It takes only a few minutes to make. After pouring it though, you have to remain patient until it is fully chilled.

Families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts.

How do you make fudge from scratch

How do you Make Fudge from Scratch?

You simply melt the ingredients together on the stove top until they get the right smooth texture, then pour into a lined and prepared baking sheet. Add the nuts if you desire. Pop it in the fridge to chill and then remove the aluminum foil for easy cutting. That’s all there is to it!

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fudge Every Time

  • Choose the right butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter, though using salted gives it a bit of contrast, like salted caramel. If you’d prefer to enjoy the richness of chocolate, choose unsalted butter.
  • Don’t over-stir the fudge. While you want to keep stirring while the chocolate chips melt, it’s overkill after that.
  • Slick trick – You can spray the aluminum foil with cooking spray for easy removal. This way, you can be sure no fudge gets stuck on there.

What is the secret to making fudge

What is the secret to making fudge?

A heavy bottom pan always helps in evenly heating your fudge ingredients. Also, be sure to use real vanilla extract. It’s far superior to imitation.

Could I use evaporated milk rather than condensed milk for fudge?

No, that is not recommended. Evaporated milk and condensed milk are two very different products so make sure you use the sweetened condensed milk in your fudge.

How long should you beat fudge?

Only stir your fudge enough while the chocolate chips are melting to keep it from sticking and burning on your pan. Once it becomes a smooth and melted mixture, it’s time to stop.

Can I use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk for fudge

How Long Do I Boil Fudge?

It will take roughly 10 minutes to melt the ingredients on your stove top. Look for the chocolate chips to completely melt and become smooth before removing from the heat.

Can I bake fudge that didn’t set?

No, you’ll need to heat the mixture back over the stove top once again to get it right. If you keep having trouble, a candy thermometer can help. You can also check that it’s ready by seeing if it forms a soft ball when you put a drop of it in cold water.

What to Serve with Fudge

We love fudge all on its own, though you can serve it with fresh berries and other fruits to balance out the chocolate flavors. Strawberries and raspberries definitely go best, but choose what’s seasonal and fresh. The kids love marshmallows on their fudge. Another perfect partner? Wine! A nice Syrah or a ruby port should do the trick.

Can I bake fudge that didn't set

How to Store Fudge

Fudge can be kept out on the counter as long as it is contained in an airtight container. If you’d prefer it chilled, you can keep it in the fridge too. That’s up to you!

How Long Does Homemade Fudge Last?

You can keep fudge for about 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge. If you’re keeping it on the counter, assuming it’s contained properly, you can keep enjoying it for a week to 2 weeks.

Homemade fudge recipe

Can You Freeze Fudge?

Yes, frozen fudge is amazing because you can enjoy it now with a frozen texture as needed or save it to enjoy at a later date. It helps to wrap it up in pieces so it’s easier to eat. You can keep it this way in a freezer safe bag or bowl for up to 3 months.

How to Thaw Frozen Fudge

You can just let frozen fudge thaw on your counter. It’s so good cold or room temperature, it won’t matter!

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The Best Classic Fudge Recipe

This holiday fudge recipe is one of the easiest to make and a family favorite! This recipe is even easy enough for the kids to help with and is very forgiving. One of my holiday staple desserts
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 127 kcal


  • 3 cups chocolate chips semi sweet
  • 1 14z can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped


  • Line an 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil with overhang for easy removal.
  • In a large saucepan, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla extract on medium heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate chips are fully melted and the mixture is smooth in texture.
  • Ladle the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread into one even layer. Top with the chopped nuts and refrigerate until fully chilled. Once the fudge is fully chilled and firm remove from the pan using the overhang, slice into pieces, and serve.


Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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Craving Chinese takeout? You might just be better off making it yourself. A stir fry recipe is one of the easiest things you can ever make and is one of my families favorites. And it’s likely you’ve got what you need in your kitchen to make it ready to go. Even the kids don’t fuss over this dish, eating up every last bit. Make some steamed white rice with it and it’s the perfect wholesome meal with all the goodies and none of the bad stuff!

Best stir fry recipe

Best Stir Fry Recipe

Stir fry is colorful and visually appealing while brimming with a bounty of fresh ingredients. Believe it or not, it’s ready from start to finish faster than any takeout place can deliver to your door!

Ingredients to make stir fry

Ingredients in Stir Fry

  • Chicken – the perfect stir fry protein (though you can omit it or sub in something else like shrimp, beef, or even tofu!).
  • Fresh veggies – this chicken stir fry recipe makes use of plenty of fresh veggies including broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, and sugar snap peas (or snow peas). I also love adding mushrooms and green onions to stir fry.
  • Sauce – that signature stir fry sauce is a combination of chicken broth, soy sauce (regular or low-sodium), oyster sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. You can be creative here to add sauces that are more sweet or spicy. Honey is a great addition for sweetness!
  • Red pepper flakes – gives it a slight kick (and more or less to adjust to your level of spice).

Easy stir fry recipe

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Yes, there are a number of ingredients in this list, but this easy stir fry recipe assures you have restaurant-quality stir fry in 20 minutes right onto your table. Make it yourself faster than you can run out to pick up your order or have it delivered.

Stir frys are a great way to introduce a vegetables to kids because they have so many bright shapes and colors.


How do you make stir fry from scratch

How do you Make Stir Fry from Scratch?

Even if you’ve never attempted stir fry before, it’s so easy. In college, my roommate and I used the stuff in the bag. Yuck! I can’t believe we ate that junk! All you do is make the sauce, cook the chicken, set it aside and cook the veggies, and then combine it all together. It’s best over steamed white rice so make your stove top rice or use a rice cooker while you’re getting the stir fry going to have it all finish at the same time.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Stir Fry Every Time

  • Make sure your wok is super-hot. This is the secret to the most delicious stir fry and why it cooks so quickly.
  • Cook the meat in batches. Depending on the size of your wok, you may need to cook the chicken in batches to assure it gets the right attention.
  • Yes, you can use a skillet for stir fry. Just make sure it’s deep enough!
  • Don’t throw your meat in there ice cold. If you let it sit out during the prep time, that should be long enough to get the chill out of it so it cooks to perfection.

How to cook stir fry

How to Cook Stir Fry

Cooking stir fry requires either a wok or a deep skillet. While a wok is the best way, a skillet can work just as well to cook your chicken and vegetables to stir fry perfection!

How do you make a good stir fry?

Good stir fry depends on the ingredients you use. Fresh veggies and chicken are great options to get the best taste.

How do you make good stir fry

Can you make stir fry in a frying pan?

Yes. While a wok is the traditional way, a frying pan can be used to make stir fry.

What oil should you use for stir fry?

Vegetable oil is the best oil when it comes to making stir fry.

What do you put in stir fry

What do you put in stir fry?

This recipe calls for chicken breast to be used with an array of veggies. You can swap out the chicken for another protein or make it simply a veggie stir fry.

What vegetables to cook first in a stir fry?

Typically, veggies can go into the wok or pan after cooking the meat as the protein typically takes longer to cook. It won’t take long for vegetables to become fork-tender.

Can you make stir fry in a frying pan

Can you stir fry raw chicken and vegetables together?

No, it is not recommended. Chicken needs to cook to the proper temperature. As it does, your veggies will become too soggy.

How do you stir fry vegetables without getting soggy?

Cook the chicken first, remove it, then cook the veggies and add the chicken and sauce. This prevents sogginess.

What can I add to stir fry for flavor

What can I add to stir fry for flavor?

Stir fry needs the right level of seasoning. Adding a good blend of seasonings or sauces will add great flavor to your stir fry recipe.

What to Serve with Stir Fry

I always serve my stir fry with rice. We love how the sauce tastes all soaked into it. You can keep the sides Asian in style with dumplings or eggrolls, or even add an Asian salad with ginger dressing to boost your veggie intake. Not a fan of rice? You can also add it atop noodles to make a noodle bowl.

What vegetables to cook first in a stir fry

How to Store Stir Fry

Should any remain after your stir fry dinner, make sure you pack it up in airtight containers promptly. It will be a great lunch to take to the office the next day too!

How Long Does Stir Fry Last?

In your fridge, you can count on that stir fry lasting about 3 to 4 days. In my house, it’s gone long before then!

Homemade stir fry recipe

Can You Freeze Stir Fry?

Stir fry is great to freeze, though when I do it, I have to make a much bigger batch. I fill up freezer-safe plastic bags and lay them flat in my freezer. I don’t like to let it go for longer than a month though because it loses its flavor, but it’s a wonderful solution for meal prep.

How to Reheat Stir Fry?

Let it thaw in your fridge, then pour it into a skillet on the stove and heat through!

Stir fry recipe

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

This delicious easy stir fry recipe is packed with fresh ingredients and a tasty homemade stir fry sauce that has an outstanding flavor. Stir fry is fast and easy to make at home and makes excellent leftovers. Plus its an easy way to get kids to eat vegetables because of the tasty sauce and bright colors!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 335 kcal


  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup red and yellow bell peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste


  • Whisk together the corn starch and water in a medium sized bowl. Then, add in the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes and set aside.
  • Then, add one tablespoon of oil to a wok over medium high heat. Once the oil has heated through, add in the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the wok and set the chicken aside in a small bowl and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add in the broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, and ginger garlic paste to the wok and cook until fork tender. Once the veggies are fork tender, add the chicken back in and stir. Pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for one minute. Serve over rice immediately.


Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 27gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 2528mgPotassium: 709mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 4296IUVitamin C: 79mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
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There’s nothing like homemade fried chicken! And this fried chicken recipe assures you’ll have that crispy, crunchy texture outside with tender, juicy meat inside. While you’ll need to be patient during the fridge time, you’ll be rewarded with the best fried chicken ever!

Best fried chicken recipe

Best Fried Chicken Recipe

I used to think the best fried chicken came in a bucket. Silly me! One day, I wondered if I couldn’t recreate it in my kitchen and now here we are. You just never know what’s in foods you buy ready-made. Preservatives, artificial colors and flavors…yuck. But with this recipe, you can see all the ingredients are wholesome.

Ingredients for making fried chicken

Ingredients in Fried Chicken

  • Chicken – yes, that’s obvious. Drumsticks and chicken thighs are the best though you can use any other part like the chicken wings or chicken breast to fry.
  • Buttermilk – this is for soaking the chicken prior to frying, a crucial step.
  • Hot sauce – you’ll add this to the buttermilk to give your chicken a nice spice.
  • Flour and cornstarch – these create a crispy texture for your chicken.
  • Seasonings – garlic powder, oregano, white pepper, basil, and smoked paprika are just a few of your spice rack staples you’ll need to flavor up this fried chicken.

Easy fried chicken recipe

Easy Fried Chicken Recipe

While the time on this recipe is over 4 hours, that’s mainly because you’ve got to let it sit in buttermilk and tenderize so you get nice, juicy meat inside. After that, it’s a snap! Just shake the coating on and fry it up to perfection!

Girls, if he only wants your breasts, legs, and thighs, send him to KFC.

How do you make fried chicken from scratch

How do you Make Fried Chicken from Scratch?

Fried chicken from scratch is so easy. Sure, the ingredient list looks long, but that’s a whole lotta spices you’ve already got in your kitchen. You’ll make the buttermilk mixture, soak the chicken and let it sit in the fridge, then coat it and deep fry it. Yum!

Expert tips and tricks for cooking fried chicken

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fried Chicken Every Time

  • Don’t skip the buttermilk. Buttermilk marinade tenderizes your chicken meat. This step is so important! If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make it by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to one cup of whole milk.
  • Use cornstarch in the dredge. I think the thing most people skip is adding both flour and cornstarch to the coating. Cornstarch helps get it nice and crispy.
  • Gluten-free – This recipe isn’t gluten-free, but if you swap in your gluten-free flour, it can be!

How to cook fried chicken

How to Cook Fried Chicken

Once you’ve prepped your chicken, you’ll fry it in your deep fryer (or a deep stock pot filled with enough oil) for 7 minutes per side. You should also check the internal temperature and make sure it’s at 165F.

If you have an air fryer, you can do it in there too at 400F and then flip the pieces after 5 to 6 minutes before cooking on the other side. For both styles of frying, you’ll need to flip the pieces to cook them evenly.

What is the secret to fried chicken?

The secret is absolutely the buttermilk soak. If you’ve tried to make fried chicken before and it just felt dry inside, try this recipe and you’ll see the difference!

What is the secret to fried chicken

Should you soak chicken in milk before frying?

Yes! That’s the key to getting the perfect tender texture inside of the crispy coating.

Should you soak chicken in milk before frying

What type of flour should I use when making fried chicken?

All-purpose flour always works the best when deep frying chicken. You can use a gluten-free version of it too.

Should you dip chicken in egg before frying?

This recipe doesn’t call for eggs because the buttermilk soak will keep it moist enough to dredge successfully into the coating. However, other recipes may use an egg wash to get the coating to stick.

How do you get the perfect crust on fried chicken

How do you get perfectly crusted fried chicken?

The perfect crust for fried chicken is made with a mixture of flour, cornstarch, and seasonings. Using cornstarch with the flour ensures a crispy coating.

Why is my fried chicken not crispy?

It’s a problem with your heat. If it’s too high or too low, you will not get the texture you’re after.

Why do you dip chicken in egg before frying

How do you keep fried chicken crispy?

After you finish frying each piece, you’ll want to sop up the excess oil from the frying. That should prevent your crispy coating from getting soggy.

What to Serve with Fried Chicken

Round out your fried chicken dinner with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, a beautiful garden salad, okra and stewed tomatoes, potato salad, or any number of things. You can even make chicken and waffles if you wish. There are so many ways to make a great meal with fried chicken.

Why is my fried chicken not crispy

How to Store Fried Chicken

After it’s cooled, assuming there’s any leftovers, you’ll want to refrigerate your chicken promptly in airtight containers or on a dish wrapped in aluminum foil.

How Long Does Fried Chicken Last?

Fried chicken will keep well in your fridge for up to 4 days. Obviously, it will taste the best when it’s fresh though.

Homemade fried chicken recipe

Can You Freeze Fried Chicken?

Yes! If you make a big batch and everyone is getting tired of it by day #2, wrap it well and freeze it. It will last for up to 4 months this way.

How to Reheat Fried Chicken?

If it’s frozen, let it thaw overnight in your fridge. Then heat your oven to 400F and place your chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and it should be hot and crispy.

Fried chicken recipe

The Perfect Fried Chicken Recipe

The perfect Fried Chicken recipe is crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. This is a family favorite fried chicken recipe that always has people asking for the recipe. From my family to yours, enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 456 kcal


  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 chicken drumsticks with skin
  • 4 chicken thighs with skin
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil


  • Whisk together buttermilk, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add in the chicken pieces, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • After the chicken has finished refrigerating, turn on your deep fryer and heat the oil to 350F. Use a kitchen thermometer to make sure your vegetable oil reaches the correct temperature. While the oil heats up, prepare your dredging mixture. In a gallon sized resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, cornstarch, onion powder, oregano, basil, white pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika, and salt.
  • Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature. Remove chicken pieces from the buttermilk mixture, shaking to remove any excess. Place it in the flour mixture breading and coat thoroughly. Once every piece of chicken has been thoroughly coated, fry 2-3 pieces at a time in the deep fryer, about 7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165F (use a kitchen thermometer) and they are golden brown.
  • Once cooked through, place the chicken on a baking sheet pan lined with paper towels or a wire rack to drain. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 456kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 24gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 2520mgPotassium: 462mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 833IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 4mg
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My kids call falafel “balls of yum” and I think that sums it up quite nicely! If you’re looking to try something new or want a fun meatless meal, look no further than this homemade falafel recipe!

Best falafel recipe

Best Falafel Recipe

I used to stop in this one Middle Eastern place in the mall to get my falafel fix. But once I figured out how to make them myself, it was a game-changer. These are so delicious and wonderful on their own and in pitas too. You’ll see!

Easy Falafel Recipe

I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. Falafel only looks hard because it’s not in your typical cuisine. It’s funny how we seem apprehensive about trying to cook something from another culture. Rest assured, falafel only has 4 easy steps and you will love it all the more because you made it yourself.

Ingredients for making falafel

Ingredients in Falafel

  • Chickpeas – canned chickpeas save you time over dried chickpeas as you do not need to soak them (and yes, they work!). If you need to substitute out chickpeas, you can use fava beans in their place.
  • Fresh cilantro and parsley – nothing beats fresh herbs to brighten up any recipe.
  • Red onion – gives it some color and that signature onion flavor.
  • Garlic cloves – makes every recipe better.
  • Whole wheat flour – this one works best for me, but you can use any type you wish (even gluten-free!).
  • Baking powder – it gives falafel a lighter texture that you’ll love.
  • Seasonings – with ground cumin plus a dash of salt and pepper, you’ll have the perfect well-rounded flavor.
  • Lemon juice – use fresh-squeezed to give it that Middle Eastern flair.

Easy falafel recipe

How do you Make Falafel from Scratch

It all starts with adding everything into your food processor. Once it has a coarse texture, you’ll roll it into balls. Place them on a baking sheet and let them chill for a couple hours, then get ready to fry them up in your deep fryer. That’s all there is to it!

You’re the hummus to my falafel.

How do you make falafel from scratch

How to Cook Falafel

Falafel is best when you cook it in oil. If you’re not a fan of all that oil, baking or air frying is always an option. The tips mentioned above can help you use those methods instead of frying.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Falafel Every Time

  • Not a fan of deep frying? Bake that falafel! Preheat your oven to 375F, then bake those balls of deliciousness up for 30 minutes.
  • Stock pot is ok – If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can simply use a stockpot.
  • Or use an air fryer! Heat it to 350F and cook for 8 minutes. Flip then cook for 6 more minutes.
  • Don’t skip the chill time. I know you want to eat them right now, but they need time to form together or they won’t stay intact during the frying process.

How do you make falafels more moist

What is falafel?

Falafel is a Middle Eastern deep-fried ball that is made with a mixture of ground chickpeas and seasonings that are commonly served in Israel and Egypt. There are no eggs or animal products in it so it is a vegan-friendly dish.

Are all falafels vegan?

Yes they are, so feel free to make this recipe for a meatless night or your favorite vegan friends!

Why can’t you use canned chickpeas for falafel?

You can use canned chickpeas. It saves you time and if you rinse and drain them correctly, it will work just as well. Especially when deep frying them.

How to cook falafel

How do you make falafels more moist?

Serving falafel with sauce is a must to keep them moist. We use hummus but feel free to have tahini or even tzatziki with it.

How do you get a falafel to stick together?

Falafel will stick together when you follow the recipe and make sure they chill long enough. You should also scoop the balls of dough tightly and that will keep them in one piece.

How do you fry falafel without it falling apart?

If the dough mixture is too wet, it will fall apart. Take the time to really drain those chickpeas and follow the other steps and they will stay together.

What to serve with falafel

What to Serve with Falafel

You can make a traditional plate with hummus and tahini sauce, stuff falafel into pita (they make gluten-free pitas too) with onion, tomato, lettuce coriander, cucumbers and yogurt sacue if you prefer something similar to a sandwich, add them to a salad, top them on rice, or simply serve as a dipper to dunk in tahini or tzatziki sauce.

How do you fry falafel without it falling apart

How to Store Falafel

Falafel need to be refrigerated so don’t leave them out. Keep them covered and eat them quickly. They’re best when they’re fresh.

How Long Does Falafel Last?

You’ll have about 4 days to eat that falafel up when it’s in the fridge. Anything after that, I’d toss out.

How do you get a falafel to stick together

Can You Freeze Falafel?

Yes, which is perfect for a quick bite. Cooked falafel will keep in a sealed container for as long as 3 months. However, it’s best to make extra falafel dough and freeze that. It too will keep for 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat Falafel?

You will want to thaw out that dough first and then follow the remaining steps. But if you have cooked falafel, simply warm it in the oven until it’s heated and enjoy!

Falafel recipe

The BEST Falafel Recipe

Authentic falafel is so unique and delicious! This is the best falafel recipe that I've been perfecting for my family. Simple ingredients are key to any easy falafel recipe. Chickpeas, fresh herbs, and spices keep this moist falafel recipe packed with flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 71 kcal



  • 1 16oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 red onion quartered
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp garlic minced

For serving as a Pita

  • pita bread
  • chopped lettuce
  • red onion sliced
  • tomatoes sliced
  • hummus


  • Add chickpeas, cilantro, parsley, onion, flour, lemon juice, baking powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes a coarse texture.
  • From your mixing bowl, measure out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into patties or balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper and chill for 2 hours. While the falafels chill, heat up the oil in deep fryer.
  • Once the falafels are chilled, transfer 2-4 falafels to the oil and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Once cooked, remove the falafels from the deep fryer with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels and allow them to drain. Serve the falafels with hummus or inside a warm pita pocket.


Calories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 780mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1430IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 3mg
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For Super Bowl or any other gathering, I’m always asked if I’m serving this pico de gallo recipe. I have to double it or else it’s gone within the first 15 to 30 minutes of serving. Everyone loves it, and when you make fresh salsa like this you will never get that jarred junk again.

Best pico de gallo recipe

Best Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de gallo is a type of salsa fresca but it’s chunkier. The key to the best pico de gallo is using super-fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong with that, and while it tastes so good, it has plenty of good-for-you nutrients too!

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

This pico de gallo recipe is so easy, you can make it just minutes before guests arrive and they’d never know. In only 10 minutes from start to finish, you’ll have fresh pico de gallo that no one can resist. Plus its very versatile making it the perfect condiment.

Ingredients for making pico de gallo from scratch

Ingredients in Pico de Gallo

  • Fresh tomatoes – use the reddest and ripest ones you can find!
  • Onion – white onions give the best, most authentic flavor over red onion.
  • Jalapeño – gives it a little kick. If you don’t have jalapeno pepper you can substitute a serrano pepper.
  • Cilantro – fresh is best though dried will do in a pinch.
  • Lime juice – squeeze it fresh for the best taste.
  • Salt – just a little bit unites all the fresh flavors.

What’s different between salsa and pico de gallo?

Basically, it comes down to the texture. Traditional pico de gallo is chunkier than tomato salsa though they do share the same ingredients.

Easy pico de gallo recipe

How do you Make Pico de Gallo from Scratch

All it takes is a food processor! Add all the ingredients, turn it on and chop! That’s it!

I seriously could have chips and salsa for dinner everyday.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pico de Gallo Every Time

  • Fresher is better. The fresher your ingredients, the better the taste will be.
  • Use white onions. They have a sharp flavor but it works so well with the citrusy lime and tomatoes for perfect contrast.
  • Red tomatoes are a must. Don’t settle for pink tomatoes in this recipe! They should be as red as possible.
  • Skip the garlic – Fresh garlic is great in guacamole. But for pico de gallo, skip it.
  • Mango is a great addition – if you’ve never had mango salsa, you have to try it. Simply add in fresh diced mango to the recipe. It adds a delicious sweetness!

How do you make pico de gallo from scratch

What Tomatoes are Best for Pico de Gallo?

The type matters a bit less than what they look like. I recommend choosing what’s seasonally fresh by you. Vine-ripened and heirloom are great summer options but even Roma tomatoes are a go. They just need to be as red as can be for any tomato you use.

What onion is best for Pico de Gallo?

White onions make for the best pico de gallo. They have a sharp taste but that is tamed by the other ingredients for a perfect pairing.

What can I add to Pico de Gallo to make it better?

It’s all in the lime juice and cilantro. Make sure they’re fresh, and that your tomatoes are fresh too. Even if you hate spicy things, don’t skip the jalapeno. Adding just a little bit in will round out the flavor.

How do you make homemade Pico de Gallo spicier?

Add more jalapeno! This will definitely kick it up in heat. However, do taste it first as-is before adding more jalapeno in there.

What to Serve with Pico de Gallo

The options are endless! Put it on the table next to guacamole, cheese dip, or avocado salsa with tortilla chips as a snack. Serve it with any Mexican food main dish like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. Stir it in scrambled eggs or an omelet. Top off burgers with it too!

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo

How to Store Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo needs to be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. Don’t let it sit out too long!

How Long Does Pico de Gallo Last?

It’s best to eat your pico de gallo in the same day. It’s rare I’ve had any leftover after making it because it’s so good. You can make it ahead of a party too, but it needs to be used before 3 days are up.

Can You Freeze Pico de Gallo?

Technically, you can freeze pico de gallo. You’ll have a different texture though from the tomatoes and cilantro. Be sure to drain any excess juice before freezing. It should keep up to 3 months.

How to Thaw Frozen Pico de Gallo?

Simply put it in the fridge to thaw. It should be ready to dig into the next day.

Pico de gallo recipe

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

This super easy Pico De Gallo recipe is perfect for a chips and salsa appetizer or used as a topping for your favorite taco or burrito dish. This is the same fresh quality of our local Mexican restaurant that helped me perfect this recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 48 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 1 white onion roughly chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp salt


  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor until finely chopped and thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.


Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1174mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1672IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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Love homemade chicken noodle soup but want something a little different? This chicken soup recipe is perfect for those chilly nights when you want something a little more exotic. With bold aromatics, fresh chicken, vegetables, herbs, and rice, it’s something everyone will want to fill their bowl up with again and again!

Best chicken soup recipe

Best Chicken Soup Recipe

If you love chicken, this is the best chicken soup recipe for you. It’s made with wholesome ingredients and comes together with ease. Even on a busy night, you can give your family the best!

Ingredients for making chicken soup

Ingredients in Chicken Soup

  • Chicken breast – use fresh, boneless, and skinless, though if you have other fresh chicken you want to use like boneless, skinless chicken thighs, go for it!
  • Chicken broth – this creates the base of the soup with more flavor than just water
  • Celery, carrots, onions, and garlic cloves – these veggies flavor the broth and add more nutrients
  • Fresh herbs and aromatics – fresh rosemary and thyme plus ginger garlic paste are the secret to a sublime flavor. Sometimes I also like to add a bay leaf or two and sprinkle fresh parsley on top. You’ll notice I do not include oregano on this recipe. I find the blend between rosemary and thyme with the ginger garlic paste to be perfect!
  • Ground turmeric – gives it a bright color and more antioxidants
  • Frozen peas – gives it more veggie protein
  • Basmati rice – for a soup that really eats like a meal. Can substitute short pasta noodles, egg noodles, zucchini noodles, or even potatoes.

Easy chicken soup recipe

Easy Chicken Soup Recipe

I know the ingredient list is a little long, but it’s all stuff you should have around your kitchen. And guess what? It only takes 10 minutes to put this soup together. The rest of the time, it’s simmering on the stovetop. Ready in just 45 minutes from start to finish, it doesn’t get easier than this!

Happiness is hot soup on a cold day.

How do you make chicken soup from scratch

How do you Make Chicken Soup from Scratch?

My mom has always said that everyone should know how to make chicken soup from scratch. Once you do, you’ll never open another can of it (unless there’s a storm that wipes out your power and you have no choice). In one pot, you heat oil and then add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Then you’ll add ginger paste and turmeric. After that, everything but the rice and peas goes in. Let it boil, then add the rice. In the last few minutes, the frozen peas go in and voila! Chicken soup from scratch!

Tips and tricks for making chicken soup

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Soup Every Time

  • Don’t use water. Chicken broth adds much more flavor!
  • Low Sodium – Cut down on sodium by using a reduced sodium broth or one with no added salt. You can add salt to taste without going overboard.
  • Save time by using cooked chicken. If you have rotisserie chicken leftover, there’s no reason why you can’t use it in this recipe. Just be sure to add it at the end rather than at the beginning.
  • Excess foam – feel free to skim any excess foam off of the top.

How long to store chicken soup

What kind of chicken makes the best soup?

Some say thighs and bone-in chicken is best, but I love using chicken breast. It makes it easier to shred into bite-size pieces and there’s no worry about errant pieces of bone.

What can I add to my chicken soup to give it flavor

What can I add to my chicken soup for more flavor?

Herbs, spices, and aromatics given chicken soup flavor. This recipe includes plenty of fresh veggies, herbs, and seasonings so it won’t come out bland. The ginger garlic paste really takes it to the next level.

What can I add to bland soup?

If your soup still tastes bland to you, add a pinch or two more of salt to taste. The goal is to bring out the flavor rather than make it overly salty.

How do I make chicken soup better

How do I make chicken soup better?

Be sure you cook the carrots, onions, celery, and garlic in the same pot. Sauté them first in oil which gives them more flavor than simply tossing them into broth.

What kind of chicken makes the best soup

What to Serve with Chicken Soup

A hearty bread goes great on the side of chicken soup. Sandwiches and salads are also a nice option. As there’s a bit of ginger garlic paste in here and the rice, anything with an Asian flavor will pair nicely like sticky Asian wings.

What can I add to bland soup

How to Store Chicken Soup

Chicken soup should be cooled completely before storing. Stick it in airtight containers or plastic zippered bags.

How Long Does Chicken Soup Last?

Chicken soup lasts in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. You should make sure you store it properly to get the most out of it.

Homemade chicken soup recipe

Can You Freeze Chicken Soup?

Chicken soup freezes quite nicely. When properly confined in containers or bags, it will last up to 6 months in your freezer.

How to Reheat Chicken Soup

When it’s frozen, set it in your fridge overnight to thaw. By the next day, it’s easy to add to a pot and heat over the stove.

Chicken soup recipe

Cozy Chicken Soup Recipe

This is the BEST Chicken Soup recipe I've made and is a family favorite that I've been perfecting. A warm, cozy, chicken soup is absolutely perfect on a cold day to warm your body and soul. This one is full of flavor and healthy nutrients. Enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 386 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • 2 yellow medium onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • In a large soup pot or stock over medium high heat, heat the oil. Once the oil is hot add in the onion, carrots, and celery and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Then, add in the 2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste and teaspoon of turmeric. Next, add in the chicken broth, chicken breast, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then add in the rice. Reduce to medium low and simmer uncovered until the chicken is fully cooked. Once the chicken is fully cooked, stir in the frozen peas and cook an additional five minutes.


Calories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 31gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1476mgPotassium: 1146mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 10637IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 3mg
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