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Treat your family to the tastes of the world! Hailing from Spain, paella is one of the most popular dishes. Made with toasted rice simmered with shrimp, sausage, and vegetables, this paella recipe packs plenty of flavor in this one-dish dinner. While my kids love it, I definitely make this one for date-night-in with my husband.

Best paella recipe

Best Paella Recipe

The best paella recipe comes from fresh ingredients. As you read through the list, you’ll see everything is wholesome and easy to find. Paella often comes with the reputation that only master chefs can make it, but you’ll soon be a master yourself!

Paella ingredients

Paella Ingredients

  • Long grain rice – this is the base of your paella.
  • Olive oil – perfect for toasting the rice before adding the liquid to simmer.
  • Chicken stock – gives your toasted rice some moisture when cooking.
  • Shrimp – one of the most essential proteins for any Spanish seafood paella recipe.
  • Chorizo – this spicy sausage really adds dimension to paella.
  • Saffron – just a pinch and you’ll have that signature yellow hue.
  • Garlic – mince it up to add that pungent taste.
  • Lemon juice – adds a Mediterranean twist.
  • Chopped veggies – onions and yellow bell pepper are a must for rounding out the dish.
  • Paella seasonings – dried oregano, hot Hungarian paprika, red pepper flakes, Italian parsley, and a bay leaf give paella that unmistakable flavor.

Easy paella recipe

Easy Paella Recipe

The ingredient list may be long, but Spanish paella is easy to make. It takes 30 minutes to come together and another 30 to cook it once the liquid has been added in. After that, it’s merely patience, waiting as your kitchen transforms with the aromas of a Spanish café on the sea.

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How do you make paella from scratch

How do you Make Paella from Scratch

To make this Spanish paella recipe from scratch, you’ll mix some olive oil with the paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper to coat the shrimp. You’ll let that refrigerate then turn to your skillet to cook the onion, bell pepper, and sausage. Set those things aside, add the shrimp, and then move the cooked shrimp to the same bowl as your sausage. Then, you’ll toast the rice, add the garlic, seasonings, and saffron. Once the rice toasts, you’ll add the fresh parsley, chicken stock, and lemon juice. Let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring here and there. When it’s cooked, you’ll add the sausage and shrimp mixture to combine before serving.

How to cook paella

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Spanish Paella Every Time

  • Feel free to add other seafood options if you prefer. You can add mussels or clams to the shrimp or leave out the seafood entirely and use chicken. It’s totally up to you.
  • While the other seasonings are dried, use fresh parsley. It adds such an impact for the finish, both in color and flavor.
  • Make sure you stay on top of that rice. Keep watch as it toasts and then after you add the liquid, stir it intermittently so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.

What goes with seafood paella

How to Cook Paella

Paella needs a flat pan over high heat. A paella pan is ideal though if you don’t have one, you can use a flat-bottomed skillet or even a wok.

What rice is used for paella

What are the main ingredients in paella?

In paella, you need rice, saffron, hot Hungarian paprika, chicken stock, lemon juice, chorizo, shrimp, and seasonings to give it that incredible flavor. 

What is the most important ingredient in paella?

Some say the rice is the most important ingredient in paella since it is the base of the dish. But without saffron, it would just be rice with seafood which makes it one of the most important ingredients of all.

Can you make paella without a paella pan

What rice is used for paella?

Long grain rice tends to be the best rice for paella. If you have jasmine rice, that would be an excellent choice too.

Can you make paella with regular rice?

You can make paella with any white rice though prepare for the texture to be different from what is authentically served. The key is to toast the rice in the pan properly and then add the liquids. Doing this should make it delicious no matter which rice you use.

Can you make paella with regular rice

How is paella traditionally cooked?

To make it traditionally, paella is cooked in a paella pan over high heat. This helps all the ingredients come together with that spectacular flavor we all love.

What does saffron do in paella

Can you make paella without a paella pan?

Yes, you can make paella without the special paella pan. However, that pan really is the best. Still, a good flat-bottomed skillet will work just as well if that’s all you’ve got.

Which ingredient makes the rice yellow in paella

What makes a good paella?

When it comes to paella, toasting the rice is key. Using a paella pan will also be easier for making this good. And of course, the high heat and saffron all play a role in making the best paella.

Why is my paella rice still hard

Which ingredient makes the rice yellow in paella?

This ingredient is called saffron. It’s a wonderful aromatic floral element that not only brings out the color but also the flavor as well. 

What does saffron do to paella?

Saffron adds a beautiful yellow color to paella. It also has a lovely aroma that adds that extra-special something that makes paella so good!

What makes a good paella

How Long to Bake Paella

This shrimp paella recipe is cooked on the stove top, though some recipes do have it in the oven. Even still, you’ll need to combine everything on the stove top first, then move it to the oven and bake it for 20 minutes.

Most important ingredient in paella

Why is my paella rice still hard?

You probably didn’t add enough liquid. Follow this recipe’s measurements to make sure you’ve got enough chicken stock and lemon juice to see the cooking process through. If at the end of the time the rice is still hard, slowly add a little more liquid to help it cook all the way.

How do you make paella taste better?

If you follow this recipe, you’ll have all the aromatics and flavors that make paella taste amazing. Also, using fresh ingredients will ensure you get the best taste.

How do you make paella taste better

What goes with seafood Paella?

One of our favorite things to eat with seafood paella is Caesar salad. Fried plantains are another lovely match, though if you want something simple, add sauteed green veggies and crusty garlic bread.

How to cook paella traditionally

How to Store Paella

Paella needs to be covered and stored in the fridge. If you add more seafood to it than this recipe features, you will want to use it all up the next day.

How Long Does Paella Last?

If you make paella with shrimp and chorizo, it will be good in your fridge for about 3 days. If you’ve added mussels, clams, and more, you’ll want to finish it off the next day so it won’t go to waste.

Homemade paella recipe

Can You Freeze Paella?

So, what happens when you’ve made a jumbo serving of paella you can’t possibly polish off before it goes bad? Freeze it! Make sure it’s stored in an airtight vessel and be sure to use it up before a month passes.

How to Reheat Paella?

Reheating paella is best on the stove top. Add a little more liquid to it so it has the same texture as when you first made it.

Homemade Paella Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 486
Spanish food? Yes please! This super delicious and popular dish is a classic in Spain and tastes heavenly. This easy Paella recipe has a blend of rice, vegetables, seafood, meat, and spices that is packed full of bold flavor.



  • 6 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 tbsp hot Hungarian paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • pinch saffron
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley (chopped and divided in half)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 lb chorizo sausage (remove casing and break up into crumbles)
  • 1 1/4 lb raw shrimp (peeled & deveined)


  • In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, Hot Hungarian paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir in the shrimp and coat evenly, then cover and refrigerate.
  • In the meantime, heat another 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the onion for about 5 minutes or until almost translucent. Stir in the bell pepper and sausage and cook for another 5 minutes. Once cooked, place into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Take the shrimp from the refrigerator and cook in the same skillet on medium heat, about 3 minutes per side or until both sides are pink. Place the shrimp in the same bowl with the chorizo and bell pepper mix and set aside.
  • Next, toast the rice. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Stir to the coat the rice with the olive oil evenly for about 3 minutes. Then, add in the saffron threads, bay leaf, Half the parsley, chicken stock and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce heat to a medium low to simmer. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning of the rice. When the rice is cooked, top with the chorizo and shrimp mixture and sprinkle remaining parsley. Serve immediately.
Calories: 486kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish


Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1565mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 4mg

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Whether you have company coming over or you want a restaurant-quality meal on a weeknight, look no further than this chicken marsala recipe. Made with fresh and wholesome ingredients, even my children who dislike mushrooms eat every last bite of this dish!

Best chicken marsala recipe

Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

I’ll admit it…I used to always order chicken marsala when we’d go out to eat. But then I decided to try making it myself and this has to be the best chicken marsala recipe out there. It’s effortless and elegant so when guests come, it’s just what I make. Plus, I always have everything on-hand to make it anytime.

Easy Chicken Marsala Recipe

In the time it takes for you to call for takeout or even go dine in at Carrabba’s, you could be making your own chicken marsala. This recipe is so easy to do that you’ll only wish you knew it sooner. Guests rave about it every time I make it.

Chicken marsala ingredients

Chicken Marsala Ingredients

  • Chicken breast – you’ll halve them to make the fillets so they have they lovely thinner texture.
  • Butter and olive oil – both fats are the key to making this dish so delish.
  • Mushrooms – one of the key ingredients for mushroom marsala sauce. Chicken marsala with mushrooms is an exceptional pairing.
  • Dry marsala wine – this gives the marsala wine sauce that amazing flavor.
  • Heavy whipping cream – adds a richness and thickness to the marsala cream sauce.
  • All-purpose flour – coats your chicken and helps thicken the sauce (can be gluten-free flour too).
  • Garlic – one of the best aromatics out there.
  • Fresh parsley – adds fresh peppery flavor and a pop of color.

Easy chicken marsala recipe

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How do you Make Chicken Marsala from Scratch

You’ll first dredge your chicken in a seasoned flour mixture. Then you’ll heat your skillet, fry the chicken until it’s golden on each side, then remove. You’ll use the same pan to brown the mushrooms and make the sauce. When it thickens, you’ll add your chicken back in briefly and finish it off.

How do you make chicken marsala from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Marsala Every Time

  • Brown your chicken well. Not only does it lend a more appetizing color, but it also adds more flavor to your marsala sauce.
  • Make it gluten-free with gluten-free flour or cornstarch. I hear from lots of home cooks that are gluten-free and simply subbing the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free item will give you this same wonderful flavor without the gluten.
  • Taste the sauce before serving. If you feel it needs a little more butter, salt, or pepper, go for it!
  • Use fresh parsley. Sure, you could use it from your spice rack, but fresh parsley elevates the flavors so much more.

How to cook chicken marsala

How to Cook Chicken Marsala

Chicken marsala is cooked on the stovetop. It takes very little time to make this elegant dish, one that can be easily done on a weeknight.

What goes well with chicken marsala

What does marsala sauce taste like?

Marsala sauce is a perfect example of umami flavor. The mushrooms make it earthy while the wine rounds out the taste for a truly savory experience. 

What is the best Marsala wine for chicken marsala?

When shopping for marsala wine, you will see different kinds. When it comes to making chicken marsala, use the dry option. The sweet one is best for desserts.

What is the best marsala wine for chicken marsala

Should I use sweet or dry Marsala for chicken marsala?

When making chicken marsala, always choose dry marsala wine. This is how to get that authentic Italian flavor.

Is there a difference between Marsala wine and marsala cooking wine?

The only difference is that Marsala wine would be something you’d drink while the cooking wine is something you only want to cook with.

How do you thicken chicken marsala sauce

Can I use balsamic vinegar instead of marsala wine?

Yes, you can, though it won’t taste as good. A better substitute would be Madeira wine.

What kind of pasta goes with chicken marsala

How to make marsala sauce?

You’ll melt butter in the same pan you cooked the chicken, brown the mushrooms, and then add the garlic. After that, in goes the wine, chicken, and stock to simmer for about 15 minutes until thickened.

What is chicken marsala sauce made of?

Chicken marsala sauce consists of mushrooms, butter, garlic, dry marsala wine, chicken stock, heavy whipping cream, and fresh chopped parsley.

How to make marsala sauce

How do you make chicken marsala sauce thicker?

This recipe uses heavy whipping cream and flour which should thicken the sauce up plenty on its own. You can also add a cornstarch slurry if your sauce is still too watery at the end of the cook time.

Should I use sweet or dry marsala for chicken marsala

What goes well with Chicken Marsala

Rice, noodles, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, asparagus, or even spinach are all wonderful things to pair with your chicken marsala. If you’re not doing rice or noodles, serve some fresh bread to sop up that sauce.

What is a good side dish to serve with chicken marsala?

Perhaps one of the best sides for chicken marsala is mashed potatoes. It goes so well with the marsala sauce. You can also serve sauteed green vegetables to add more color to your meal.

Homemade chicken marsala recipe

What kind of pasta goes with chicken marsala?

Any kind of noodle is a nice match for marsala. It’s so elegant and lovely on a bed of spaghetti, fettucine, or even egg noodles. It is difficult to go wrong with any chicken marsala pasta.

Easy homemade chicken marsala recipe

How to Store Chicken Marsala

You need to put that chicken marsala in the fridge rather quickly. I wouldn’t leave it out longer than 2 hours. Put it in an airtight container to conserve the flavors.

How Long Does Chicken Marsala Last?

In your fridge, chicken marsala will be good for up to 3 days. It makes wonderful leftovers, but if you have too much, you should consider freezing it.

Can You Freeze Chicken Marsala?

Yes, of course you can freeze it! I put any leftovers in freezer bags and squeeze out the air. Then I label it and try to use it up within 3 months.

How to Reheat Chicken Marsala?

Thaw it out overnight in the fridge, then you can warm it gently on the stovetop.

Authentic Chicken Marsala Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 488
Tired of plain old chicken? If you've never had chicken marsala you are in for a treat! This creamy Chicken Marsala recipe is one of the easiest and most flavorful chicken dishes you can make. It's an authentic Italian dish that your family will crave!


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 2 (halved to make 4 fillets)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter (unsalted)

Chicken Marsala sauce recipe

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz mushrooms (sliced)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3/4 cup dry marsala wine
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)


  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Dredge each chicken filet in the mixture, shaking off the excess.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken breasts for about 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate.
  • While the chicken rests, melt the remaining butter in the same pan. Add in the mushrooms and brown them, then add in the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add in the Marsala wine and chicken stock and bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken, about 15 minutes.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, add in the heavy whipping cream and put the chicken back into the pan. Garnish with the fresh parsley and serve immediately.
Calories: 488kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 878IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg

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Whether you’re feeding a crowd or just want to treat your tastebuds to full-on Mexican flavors, this slow cooker carnitas recipe is the one for you. My kids cheer and love this carnitas taco recipe, making sure to make one for their dad too.

Best carnitas recipe

Best Carnitas Recipe

You know what I love about this best carnitas recipe? It’s so easy. Sometimes I will set it up on a Sunday morning so it’s ready for dinner at night. Other times, I make it in the morning on a weekday so we have a healthy and wholesome dinner to come home to. Whenever you make it you’ll realize it’s a keeper.

Easy Carnitas Recipe

This pork carnitas recipe takes very little time to prep. Just 15 minutes and then it can go in your slow cooker. It’s best to use the low setting for 10 hours but if you’re in a hurry, you can put it on high for 7 hours. You have delicious slow cooker pork tacos served up with very little work.

Carnitas ingredients

Carnitas Ingredients

  • Pork shoulder – this tough meat is rendered tender by your slow cooker to fall apart with a fork and melt in your mouth. Its the perfect cut of meat for Mexican pulled pork.
  • Garlic and onions – these pungent aromatics add flavor deep in the meat and really enhance this pulled pork taco recipe.
  • Jalapenos – gotta have a little kick of spice in there.
  • Orange juice – the sweet secret that helps your meat become tender, juicy, and just a bit citrusy.
  • Carnitas seasoning rub – with olive oil plus dried oregano and cumin, this imparts those Mexican flavors you love.

Easy carnitas recipe

How do you Make Authentic Mexican Carnitas?

This slow cooker carnitas recipe is super easy. After patting the meat dry, you’ll add salt and pepper. Then you’ll make the rub and rub it all over the meat. Put it in the slow cooker with the fat facing you, then throw in the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Pour the orange juice in and voila! It’s ready to turn on in the slow cooker. After cooking time, you will shred it using 2 forks. You can crisp it up in batches, frying in a nonstick skillet with a little oil over high. Adding the juices in as you do will let it crisp up just slightly, imparting more flavor and texture.

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How do you make authentic Mexican carnitas

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Carnitas Every Time

  • Use tough cuts of meat. Pork shoulder is traditional for carnitas. It becomes super-tender when slow-cooked. Don’t choose a tenderloin for this as it will become chewy and unbearable.
  • Don’t skip browning! If you’ve tried making crockpot carnitas before, the reason they didn’t taste amazing was because you didn’t brown them. Yes, it’s an added step but it doesn’t take long and the results are amazing.

How to make carnitas in a slow cooker

How do you cook real carnitas?

Simply follow this slow cooker pork carnitas recipe for real carnitas. It’s all in the seasonings, slow cooking, and the finishing over the stove!

What is the best cut of meat for pork carnitas

What is the difference between pulled pork and carnitas?

While both are slow cooked for hours, pulled pork tends to have a BBQ flavor. Also, for true authentic flavor, carnitas are supposed to be finished on the stove so they crisp up a little. Think of carnitas as Mexican slow cooker pulled pork.

What is the best cut of meat for pork carnitas?

Pork shoulder is the absolute best for carnitas. It’s fatty and tough, but as you slow cook it, the fat melts into the meat, making it perfect for pork carnitas tacos.

What can I make with carnitas

Can you put raw pork in a slow cooker?

Of course you can! That’s how this recipe works. Simply rub the meat with the seasonings, add in the aromatics and juice, put on the lid, and set the time and temperature.

How do you keep carnitas moist?

You should keep them in the juices that render from the cooking process. When storing it, make sure you reserve those juices. They will prevent it from drying out.

How do you keep carnitas moist

What temperature do I cook pork carnitas?

Pork carnitas in a crock pot will surely be done after 10 hours of slow and low cooking in your slow cooker. To be on the safe side, a thermometer reading of 145F internally means they are done.

How Long to Cook Carnitas in a Slow Cooker

It’s best to go with a low and slow cook on this, so I recommend setting your slow cooker to low for 10 hours. But you can use high if you’d prefer for 7 hours.

What temperature do I cook pork carnitas

What can I make with carnitas?

Perhaps a better question would be what you can’t make! Carnitas allows you to make everything from pulled pork tacos to burritos and beyond. Top it on pizzas, add it to rice and beans for a bowl, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas, nachos, and more. The possibilities are endless.

What goes with Pork Carnitas?

Pork carnitas meat is very versatile. You can use it for Mexican pork tacos, making chipotle bowls, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, sliders, Mexican pizzas, even toss it on a salad. Serve with plenty of guacamole and Pico de Gallo for a truly spectacular meal.

How to cook real carnitas

What toppings go on carnitas tacos?

Carnitas tacos are some of the best. You should top them with onions (red or white), jalapeno, shredded cabbage, chopped cilantro, cotija, lime juice, crema, and guacamole.

Why are my carnitas tough?

You didn’t cook them long enough. This is why I say slow and low when it comes to cooking. Put it in your slow cooker on low for 10 hours and you will have tender, juicy meat.

Homemade carnitas recipe

How to Store Carnitas

Your carnitas need to be refrigerated when you’re finished eating. Let it cool and store it in an airtight container.

How Long Does Carnitas Last?

Better hurry up and use those pork carnitas up. They will last up to 3 days in the fridge. If you’ve made a monstrous portion, you can freeze it.

Can You Freeze Carnitas?

Pork carnitas are one of my favorite things to freeze because I can stash them for future use. Make sure they’re sealed airtight and with a little bit of the cooking liquid to keep it moist. It will last up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Carnitas?

Take it out the night before from the freezer and put it in your fridge. By dinner time, it will have thawed enough to reheat on the stovetop. If there’s not enough liquid, you can add some water or broth to keep the meat from drying out.

Authentic Mexican Carnitas Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 266
This Mexican carnitas recipe is super easy in a slow cooker and packed with flavor. Your carnitas will come out tender, juicy, and crispy all at the same time! These carnitas are absolutely mouth-watering, have several delicious ways to serve them, and use NO LARD.


  • 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 jalapenos (chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup orange juice

Carnitas Rub Recipe

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Pat the pork shoulder dry, then coat with the salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients for the rub and rub all over the pork shoulder. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker, fat cap facing up. Top with the onion, jalapeño, and garlic, then pour over the orange juice. Slow cook the pork for 10 hours on low heat, or 7 hours on high heat.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place the remaining juices in a small bowl or measuring cup and set aside. After the pork has been shredded, crisp up the meat in batches by frying in a large nonstick pan or skillet with a little bit of oil on high heat. Pour some of the juices over the meat and allow them to evaporate and for the meat to develop a golden crust before removing from the pan. After the pork has been crisped, pour some of the juices over the meat. Serve hot.
Calories: 266kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 980mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

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Bold and full of Cajun flavor, make your own Mardi Gras at home. My whole family loves this jambalaya recipe. I love making it on weekends when we want to have something spicy and fun to enjoy. It’s easier than you think to make this wonderful dish!

Best jambalaya recipe

Best Jambalaya Recipe

What makes the best jambalaya recipe? I’d say fresh shrimp, andouille sausage, okra, Cajun spice, and the holy trinity (green bell peppers, onions, and celery). And this recipe has them all. It only takes 20 minutes to prep and the rest is patient waiting on your part until this meal is ready. That’s the hardest part too since your house will smell so good you’ll be drooling!

Easy Jambalaya Recipe

This is an easy jambalaya recipe with sausage and shrimp that even a beginner can make. However, it does require time and patience. I’d say it wouldn’t be ideal to make on a busy weeknight because it takes 20 minutes just to prep and a full hour from start to finish. And while the ingredient list is lengthy, you’ve likely got most of it in your kitchen right now.

Jambalaya ingredients

Jambalaya Ingredients

  • Rice – the base of jambalaya, which should be long grain white rice.
  • Andouille sausage – spicy and delightful, it is essential for sausage jambalaya.
  • The holy trinity – you can’t call it “jambalaya” without green bell peppers, celery, and onions!
  • Canned crushed tomatoes – adds that signature red hue.
  • Cajun seasoning – so you get that spicy, Cajun jambalaya recipe flavor.
  • Shrimp – adds another dimension of flavor from the sea and necessary for any shrimp jambalaya recipe. Seafood jambalaya is the traditional way of making the dish and is delicious!
  • Okra – perhaps the most perfect veggie for jambalaya.
  • Jalapenos – gives it more spice.
  • Jambalaya seasoning – thyme, bay leaves, and crushed red pepper bring out all the flavors of jambalaya.

Easy jambalaya recipe

How do you Make Jambalaya from Scratch

First you’ll brown the sausage. After that, you’ll remove it from the pan and then add the bell peppers, celery, onion, jalapeno, and garlic to sauté. Then add the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, rice, and seasonings. You’ll let it simmer, then cover it until the rice is mostly cooked through. That’s when you’ll add the shrimp and okra. Finally, you’ll add the sausage back and serve while hot.


Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Jambalaya Every Time

  • Don’t just dump everything in at once. I know it’s tempting, but jambalaya isn’t like that. You need a layering of flavors. To achieve that, sausage is browned first and then removed. Then the aromatics. Then the liquids and rice. And finally the shrimp and okra.
  • Gently scrape the bottom when browning. With the sausage and the aromatics, you’re building up layers of flavor. Then when you add the liquids, it will all come together, coming off the bottom and making for an amazing taste.
  • Stir it enough but not too much. About every 5 minutes, come back and stir your jambalaya so the rice doesn’t stick when it cooks.

How do you make jambalaya from scratch

How to Cook Jambalaya

Want to make an authentic jambalaya recipe? Easy, here is how you do it. You’ll brown the rice, add the aromatics, add the liquids, add the rice, and then finish it off with shrimp and okra. It couldn’t be easier to hop this train to Flavor-town!

How to cook jambalaya

What is usually in jambalaya?

Andouille sausage, bell peppers, celery, onion, long grain white rice, shrimp, chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning are some of the main ingredients that are often used to make jambalaya.

What is the primary ingredient in jambalaya?

There are many ingredients in jambalaya, but rice is the main one. It is a rice-based dish that has other flavor enhancers added in. 

What type of rice is best for jambalaya?

Long grain white rice is the best rice to use for a jambalaya rice recipe. If you have basmati rice, that will work too. Avoid anything that is short grain for it will become mushy.

Do you cook rice before adding to jambalaya?

No, the rice cooks in the liquids you add to the jambalaya. It soaks up all the flavors from the spices and aromatics.

Should jambalaya be wet or dry

Does authentic jambalaya have tomatoes?

The Creole version of jambalaya tends to have tomatoes. This is what gives it that nice, red color to a Louisiana jambalaya recipe.

What type of meat is used for jambalaya?

While there are many recipes for jambalaya out there where you can add chicken and other options, andouille sausage is the standard. Additionally, this recipe adds fresh shrimp to round out the seafood jambalaya recipe. However, a chicken jambalaya or chicken and sausage jambalaya recipe is equally as delicious and always a crowd favorite.

Does jambalaya use a roux?

No, you do not make a roux for jambalaya. That would be gumbo!

How do you keep jambalaya rice from getting mushy

What is the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?

When it comes to gumbo vs jambalaya, both are delightful Cajun dishes, however the difference is in where the rice is. With gumbo, rice is cooked separately and the gumbo is served in a bowl with a scoop of rice in the center. With jambalaya, the rice is cooked in the same pot.

What is the difference between Cajun and Creole jambalaya?

The difference comes down to the hue you see. When it has a reddish appearance, it’s considered Creole. A brown hue denotes a Cajun style of jambalaya.

What type of rice is best for jambalaya

Should jambalaya be wet or dry?

Unlike gumbo, jambalaya should be more dry. It shouldn’t be like dust though, but it’s not supposed to look like soup.

Is jambalaya supposed to be soupy?

No, it should be more like a saucy rice. If yours comes out with a soupy texture, make sure you’re adding enough rice.

How do you keep jambalaya rice from getting mushy?

You should make sure you use long grain rice to keep it from turning to mush. Also, your jambalaya should follow the measurements in this recipe so that you use the right amount of liquid.

What goes well with Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a one-pot meal of epic proportions. Still, you’ll want to serve something with it. Cornbread, corn on the cob, sauteed green veggies, or even a garden salad will all complement your jambalaya well.

Homemade jambalaya recipe

How to Store Jambalaya

Jambalaya needs to be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. Allow it to cool first before packaging it up.

How Long Does Jambalaya Last?

In your fridge, you’ve got up to 4 days to make use of that jambalaya. If you can’t finish it all, you may want to turn to your freezer.

Can You Freeze Jambalaya?

Yes, you can surely freeze jambalaya, however, it will not taste as good as it did when it was fresh. Make sure you remove all excess air before freezing.

How to Reheat Jambalaya?

From your freezer, you’ll want to let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Then heat it on the stovetop, adding just a little broth or water to keep it from drying out.

Classic Jambalaya Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 servings
Calories 578
This homemade jambalaya recipe is my new favorite recipe to make for potlucks and events! I've perfected this easy recipe with my family and its packed with unique bold Cajun flavors that will have your family raving!


  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb andouille sausage (sliced into rounds)
  • 3 bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 jalapenos (seeded and minced)
  • 1 white onion (diced)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 15oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb raw large shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cup okra (sliced)
  • green onion (garnish)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)


  • Over medium high heat in a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the sausage for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring. Once the sausage becomes lightly browned, transfer to plate a set aside.
  • Next, add the remaining olive oil to the pan and add the bell peppers, celery, jalapeño, onion, and garlic, sautéing for 6 minutes or until softened. Once the onions are softened, add in the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, rice, cajun seasoning, thyme, crushed red pepper, and bay leaf and stir to combine. Cook the mixture until it reaches a simmer, then cover the pan and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Be sure to stir every 4-5 minutes or so, so that the rice does not burn.
  • When the rice is nearly cooked through, add the shrimp and okra, stirring occasionally until the shrimp or cooked. Discard the bay leaf and remove from heat. Garnish with green onion and serve hot.
Calories: 578kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1717mg | Potassium: 2294mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 3504IU | Vitamin C: 113mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 11mg

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Rosemary and garlic come together to bring out the delight of the other white meat. In this baked pork chop recipe, you’ll find a quick, easy, and absolutely delicious pork chop dinner. It gets 2 thumbs up from everyone in my home and can even be thrown together on a whim when you don’t know what to serve guests.

Best pork chop recipe

Best Pork Chop Recipe

Ages ago, I used to buy that pork chop seasoning kit. You know the one. And then I woke up to the added preservatives in there. Besides, there is a much better way to make pork chops that doesn’t require breading and this best pork chop recipe proves it!

Easy Pork Chop Recipe

With only 6 ingredients, this easy pork chop recipe goes from raw to ready in no time. In less than an hour total, you’ll have it on the table. You’ll do it partly on the stove top and then finish it in the oven, leaving you plenty of time to whip up appropriate sides to round out your meal.

Pork chop ingredients

Pork Chop Ingredients

  • Pork loin chops – you can either get them already sliced or slice up a tenderloin, just be sure you choose top quality meat!
  • Rosemary – make sure it’s fresh for the best piney and citrusy flavor.
  • Garlic – mince your garlic yourself to get the perfect taste.
  • Butter – adds a richness to the dish and a base for your sauce for pork chops.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – helps the butter maintain the perfect coating for the chops.
  • Salt and pepper – add it to taste.

Easy pork chop recipe

How do you Make Pork Chops from Scratch

You’ll start it on the stove while the oven preheats. Season your pork chops and then mix up the butter, rosemary, and garlic separately. You’ll heat your skillet, sear the chops, and then move them to a baking sheet, covering with the garlic butter sauce to serve when done. So simple and so satisfying!

If life gives you lemons throw them away and get some pork.

How do you make pork chops from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pork Chop Every Time

  • Choose a thicker cut. If you go too thin, they will dry out and become chewy.
  • Season well. Don’t be shy with the salt and pepper. It will bring out the natural taste of the pork.
  • Don’t skip the searing on the stove top. Tempting as it is to just shove it all in the oven, searing it locks in the flavors.

How to Cook Oven Baked Pork Chops

Pork chops can be cooked a number of ways, making them a versatile dish. In this baked pork chop recipe, you’ll cook them on the stove top to sear them for a gorgeous color while locking in the flavor. Baking pork chops the rest of the way in the oven properly cooks them to the perfect temperature and gives you a juicy, delightful texture.

How to cook pork chops

How do you tenderize pork chops?

Pork chops can be tenderized a number of ways. You can physically pound it with a tenderizer, use a pork chop marinade, or salt it.

When should you season pork chops?

Season your pork chops at the very beginning of preparation with salt and pepper. This helps tenderize the meat.

What is the best way to cook pork chops so they are not dry

How do you make pork chops tender?

In this recipe, salt is used to make the pork chops tender. Additionally, letting it come to room temperature before searing it will help it cook better. By splitting the cook time between the stove top and the oven, it will render tender baked pork chops.

Is it better to fry or bake pork chops?

Baking boneless pork chops in the oven is best since it can be done slower and lower, though if you put them in your skillet first to pan fry your pork chops and then bake them, you will have the best possible flavor and texture. Pan fried pork chops help seal in the flavor and juices while adding a delicious crust.

How do you tenderize pork chops

What is the best way to cook pork chops so they are not dry?

Pork chops will come out tender and juicy if you first sear them on the stove top and then cook them in the oven. Pan seared pork chops lock in all the bold flavors. Then by baking pork chops in the oven after, you’ll get a full spectrum of flavors along with meat that isn’t dry.

How long are you supposed to cook pork chops?

At 375F, you should cook pork chops for about 22 minutes. In this recipe, that cooking time is shortened because of the searing step on the stove prior to the oven cook time, helping you cook it through while keeping a juicy flavor.

How do you make pork chops tender

Temperature to cook Pork Chops

You will bake these pork chops for about 12 minutes at the perfect pork chop cook temp of 375F. The internal pork chop temp should read 145F to be safe for consumption. It is best to check your pork chop internal temp with a meat thermometer.

Do you bake pork chops covered or uncovered?

Bake them uncovered. This cook time is not long enough for them to burn or dry out in your oven.

Is it better to fry or bake pork chops

Does pork get more tender the longer you cook it?

No, it doesn’t. Pork chops are a leaner cut of meat so the longer you cook it, the tougher it turns out. It’s not like a shoulder cut that you slow-cook all day.

How do you keep pork chops moist when frying?

Since pork is leaner than beef, the trick is to use olive oil to sear it with. Once you get a nice sear, move it to the baking sheet and cook the rest of the way. You won’t have dry and chewy pork chops again.

How do you keep pork chop moist when frying

How do you fry pork chops without them sticking to the pan?

Make sure you coat the pan with olive oil first. Also, make sure the pan is hot enough before adding the oil. It should have a nice sheen to it and that will keep your pork chops from sticking.

How do you cook pork chops without overcooking?

Less is more with pork chops. The easiest way to do it is by searing in a pan and then moving them to the oven to finish baking them at the correct pork chop temperature of 375F.

Do you bake pork chops covered or uncovered

Why are my pork chops tough?

Your pork chops are tough if you overcook them. This is easy to do with thin cuts of meat. Choose something a little thicker and use the stovetop followed by the oven to get a tender taste.

What goes well with Pork Chops

When it comes to side dishes for pork chops, any type of salad is a great side dish to serve with pork chops. Additionally, sauteed green beans, spinach, or broccoli rabe can add more green to the meal. Potatoes in any style such as roasted, scalloped, or even baked are also great sides.

Homemade pork chop recipe

How to Store Pork Chops

Pork chops must go in the fridge when everyone is done eating. Put them in an airtight container or wrap them well in foil.

How Long Do Pork Chops Last?

You can keep your pork chops in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. In our house, we always eat them well before this though you can pop them in the freezer to save for a hectic day.

Can You Freeze Pork Chops?

Of course you can! Just wrap them well so they remain airtight, label them, and tuck them into your freezer. They’ll be better the sooner you use them but you can keep them about 3 months before time takes its toll on taste.

How to Reheat Pork Chops?

Let them thaw out in your fridge overnight. Then heat on the stove or in the oven, whichever you prefer.

Classic Pork Chop Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 277
This simple pork chop recipe is outstanding! With the garlic, butter, and fresh rosemary sauce your pork chops will come out juicy, tender, and packed full of flavor everytime.


  • 4 pork loin chops
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (minced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 1/4 stick butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 375F and prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Liberally season the pork chops with salt and pepper on each side then set aside. Then, mix together the butter, rosemary, and garlic and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear the pork chops, cooking for about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer the pork chops to a baking sheet and cook for about 12 minutes or until 145F in the center. Serve immediately with more garlic butter sauce.
Calories: 277kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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One of my husband’s favorite things to order at a steakhouse is prime rib. It is for me too. But when I saw how easy it was to make one of my own, I had to try it. Needless to say, this prime rib recipe is what I now make for special occasions from holidays to birthdays to anniversaries. It comes out perfectly every time! My husband calls it the best prime rib roast recipe ever.

Best prime rib recipe

Best Prime Rib Recipe

To make the best prime rib roast recipe, you only need 3 ingredients plus a few more to make the au jus. It melts in your mouth and is absolutely incredible. Make it for company or when you really want to go all out on dinner.

Easy Prime Rib Recipe

This easy prime rib recipe only requires a few ingredients. It does take time, but much of it is inactive, letting you busy yourself with other tasks in the kitchen or your home, or even allowing you a bit of time to relax while cooking a rib roast.

Prime rib ingredients

Prime Rib Ingredients

  • Standing rib roast – when cooking prime rib in the oven, depending on how many guests are joining you, you will want to choose from 4lbs to 7lbs of meat. Go to a butcher and get the best quality…it’s worth it!
  • Salt and pepper – prime rib seasoning. The best quality meat needs very little to make it taste amazing. For a prime rib rub salt and pepper will work just fine.
  • Au jus – you’ll make this from the juices at the bottom of your pan, flour, and water. This the perfect dipping sauce for your standing rib roast recipe.

Easy prime rib recipe

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.
Julia Child

Prime Rib Serving Chart

# of Adults Serving Rib Count Approx Weight – Boneless / Bone-In
3 – 4 adults 2 ribs 3 lbs / 4 lbs
4 – 5 adults 2 – 3 ribs 4 lbs / 5 lbs
5 – 6 adults 3 ribs 5 lbs / 6 lbs
6 – 7 adults 3 – 4 ribs 6 lbs / 7 lbs
8 – 10 adults 5 ribs 8 lbs / 10 lbs
10 – 12 adults 7 ribs 11 lbs / 14 lbs

How do you make prime rib from scratch

How do you Make Prime Rib from Scratch

First, you’ll sprinkle the meat with salt and let it come to room temperature. You’ll then preheat the oven and pat the meat dry. Salt and pepper the meat, put it bone-side down, and pop in the meat thermometer. You’ll roast it for 15 minutes to brown it, then lower the temperature and continue cooking for the designated time depending on the weight of the meat. After that, make a foil tent and let it rest. You’ll make the au jus after that and then serve it up.

How to cook prime rib

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Prime Rib Every Time

  • Check the weight first. You want to make sure you cook it long enough yet not overdo things. Always double check and if you still feel nervous, you can ask the butcher when you’re buying the rib roast.
  • Save that juice. That meat juice at the bottom is how you’ll make your au jus. Don’t waste it!
  • Make sure your prime rib comes to room temperature before you start. That’s why there’s 3 hours it should sit out before you do anything beyond salting the meat. If it’s too cold in some places, it won’t cook evenly.
  • Where to find the cheapest prime rib. Prime rib can be quite expensive. Costco has good prices on cuts of beef so Costco prime rib is a great option if you have a Costco close to you.

How long should you roast prime rib

How to Cook Prime Rib

The best way to cook prime rib requires cooking it in the oven. You’ll be doing a lot of waiting so make the most of that time with other kitchen tasks. Set timers for when you have it roasting and don’t forget to lower the temperature after 15 minutes. This ensures you have that crispy exterior without burning the meat.

Should prime rib be cooked covered or uncovered

See below for a standing rib roast cooking times chart. Cook your prime rib according to the times below to reach your desired prime rib internal temp.

Prime Rib Cooking Time Per Pound Chart

~Perfect Prime Rib Temperature Chart~

Internal Temperature Cooking Time at 350°F Internal Temp
Rare 15 – 16 minutes per lb 125°F / 51.6°C
Medium Rare 16 – 17 minutes per lb 132°F / 55.5°C
Medium 18  minutes per lb 140°F / 60°C
Medium Well 19 minutes per lb 150°F / 65.5°C
Well 20  minutes per lb 160°F / 71.1°C

What temperature should rib roast be cooked at

Is boneless rib roast the same as prime rib?

When it comes to rib roast vs prime rib both cuts are from the same area but are only different in preparation. One is roasted with the bone in while the other can either be cooked boneless or bone-in. This post is for a boneless prime rib recipe, but the same will apply for a bone-in recipe.

Do you need a roasting rack for prime rib?

No, you will only need a roasting pan for the oven. The ribs in the meat will help it stand on its own.

Do you sear a prime rib roast

Do you sear a prime rib roast?

There is no need to sear your prime rib roast. When cooking prime rib roast, simply prepare it as directed in this recipe and let the oven roast it for you.

Does boneless prime rib cook faster?

Boneless prime rib will cook faster. Without bones, you’re looking at 12 to 14 minutes per pound.

How do I make my prime rib tender

Does a boneless prime rib cook faster than a bone in?

Yes, it does, but only a couple minutes faster per pound of meat. You’ll need to calculate the weight versus the time to ensure you cook it long enough to get that perfect medium rare prime rib temp without overdoing it.

How do I make my prime rib tender?

Adding salt to the meat as it sits out to come to room temperature will tenderize your meat. It’s all you need without taking away from the natural flavor of this rich cut of beef.

How Long Should You Roast a Prime Rib?

For the roasting part, it will take 15 minutes at 500F regardless of it being 4lbs on up to 7lbs. After that you will drop the prime rib temperature to 325F and cook the meat for 13 to 15 minutes per pound to get it to medium rare status.

What temperature should a rib roast be cooked at?

Prime rib should be cooked at 500F for 15 minutes, then lowered to 325F for the remainder of the cook time. A good slow roasting prime rib temp is 325F. It is the perfect temperature for medium rare prime rib.

Does boneless prime rib cook faster

Should prime rib be cooked covered or uncovered?

Prime rib should not be covered until the cooking process is done. Prime rib gets its signature flavor from the initial roasting, something it can’t be covered for.

How do you keep prime rib warm without overcooking it?

For a slow roasted prime rib recipe, follow the cook times in this recipe as instructed per pound. Once it is finished, you will cover it with the foil and it will stay warm.

What goes well with Prime Rib

When I serve prime rib, I love doing all the steakhouse side dishes. Some of the best side dishes for prime rib are caesar salad, creamed spinach, sauteed asparagus, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, potatoes au gratin, and sauteed mushrooms.

Do you need a roasting rack for prime rib

How to Store Prime Rib

After dinner is done, wrap your leftover prime rib tightly in plastic wrap or foil. Place it promptly in the fridge.

How Long Does Prime Rib Last?

In your fridge, you can enjoy prime rib for up to 5 days. If you’ve made so much that the whole family can’t finish it by then, freeze it!

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Can You Freeze Prime Rib?

Yes, you can freeze your leftover prime rib. Keep it wrapped well to prevent freezer burn and it will last up to 6 months.

How to Reheat Prime Rib?

The best way to reheat prime rib is to set the oven to 250F, put your prime rib slices in a baking pan with broth, cover it tightly with foil and gently warm it. It should take about 10 minutes.

Classic Prime Rib Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 691
This classic Prime Rib recipe is the perfect dish for holidays or large family gatherings. Learn how to cook a delicious and easy prime rib recipe complete with homemade au jus!


  • 4-7 lb standing rib roast
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

Au Jus

  • rib roasting juices ((juices from bottom of meat pan))
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups water


  • First, remove the roast from the refrigerator and sprinkle generously with salt all over. Allow the roast to sit out for about 3 hours or until it has reached room temperature to ensure more even cooking.
  • Once the roast has reached room temperature, preheat the oven to 500F and pat the roast dry with paper towels. Sprinkle again generously with salt and pepper, then place into a roasting pan fat side up, bone side down. Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the roast. Brown the roast at 500F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325F and cook for about 13-15 minutes per pound for medium rare. Once the roast has reached your desired temperature, tent with foil and allow to rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. Once rested, cut away the strings on the roast and remove the bones, either throwing them out or reserving them for a soup. Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices across the grain.
  • Now, make the au jus. Pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a sauce pan and put on medium high heat. Once bubbling, pour about 1/4 cup of flour into the mixture, whisking vigorously to break up any lumps. Slowly add in 2-3 cups of water or beef stock, cooking until the mixture thickens. Season the gravy with salt and pepper, then put through a sieve to ensure there aren't any lumps. Serve hot over the slices of prime rib.
Calories: 691kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 691kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3mg

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When you feel like Chinese takeout, do one better for your family and make this orange chicken recipe. My family never orders it from our local Chinese restaurant anymore because they love this homemade Chinese orange chicken version best. The sauce is sweet, savory, and just a hint of spice to satisfy on every level!

Best orange chicken recipe

Best Orange Chicken Recipe

Congratulations! You’ve just found the best orange chicken recipe around! Made with wholesome ingredients I know you’ve already got at home, you can even make this tonight. Steam some rice and let’s get started!

Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

In the amount of time it takes everyone to bicker about the takeout menu for your local Chinese restaurant, you can steal away into the kitchen and make this easy orange chicken recipe. Made with fresh ingredients that aren’t sitting under a warmer, you can feel good dishing this one up to your family. Prep will happen in a snap and before you know it, you’ll be serving it up.

Orange chicken ingredients

Orange Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken breast – If you like orange chicken but aren’t a fan of dark meat, this recipe is definitely for you!
  • Coating – To get that signature texture, your chicken needs to be coated with eggs, cornstarch, and flour for the perfect crispness!
  • Oil – for frying of course, and it’s way less than what they use to make it at the takeout place!
  • Orange chicken sauce recipe – All you need is orange juice, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, minced garlic, water, orange zest, cornstarch, red chili flakes, and water for this sauce you’ll crave fortnightly!

Easy orange chicken recipe

How do you Make Orange Chicken from Scratch

A simple orange chicken recipe from scratch starts with making the sauce. You’ll heat it over the stove and thicken it with cornstarch giving it that signature texture. Then you’ll coat the chicken and fry it. You’ll sop up the excess oil, then toss it in the sauce and serve. That sauce is pure heaven on steamed white rice!

How do you make orange chicken from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Orange Chicken Every Time

  • You can use dark meat if you prefer. In my family, the kids are more enthusiastic about white meat, but dark meat works great here too. Just cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  • You can also turn this into a gluten-free dish. If you miss Chinese food because you’re gluten-free, making it at home is the best way to get your fix. In this recipe, you’ll just use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead.
  • Mince the garlic fresh. It gives this dish even more flavor than that pre-minced jarred stuff.
  • Use fresh ginger too. It’s the secret of Asian cuisine, lending the perfect aromatics and flavors.

How do you make orange chicken sauce from scratch

How to Cook Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is a dish you’ll make on the stove top. You’ll make the sauce first, then fry your chicken, drain it, and then combine the chicken with the sauce. Almost like an orange chicken stir fry, it’s so easy!

How to cook orange chicken

What is orange chicken sauce made of?

The orange chicken sauce recipe is made with orange juice, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fresh ginger, minced garlic, red chili flakes, water, cornstarch, and orange zest.

How to cook orange chicken

What is the difference between sweet and sour chicken and orange chicken?

While they both look similar and use chicken, they’re quite different dishes. Orange chicken has a crisper texture and lighter breading. It also has more of an orange flavor. Sweet and sour chicken has a thicker breading and much more contrast of sweet and sour flavors, plus an unmistakable red hue.

What is orange chicken sauce made of

Is orange peel chicken the same as orange chicken?

Orange peel chicken is famed PF Chang’s version of orange chicken. Their version is both sweet and spicy, using tomato sauce, brown sugar, and sriracha as notable differences from traditional orange chicken.

How to store orange chicken

A chicken may cross the road, but nobody crosses the chicken.

Can you freeze orange chicken

Is orange chicken dark meat?

Traditionally, orange chicken is made with dark meat. This recipe calls for using white meat, however, if you prefer dark meat, you can certainly make it that way when you follow this recipe by swapping in your preferred meat.

How to reheat orange chicken

What is a good side dish for orange chicken?

We love steamed white rice with this dish to soak up that glorious sauce. Orange chicken and rice are an excellent pairing. I also make a nice vegetable stir-fry to go with it so we all get more veggies. You can keep it simple with an Asian-style coleslaw or cabbage salad, asparagus seared with soy sauce and sesame seeds, or even steamed broccoli with garlic.

Homemade orange chicken recipe

How to Store Orange Chicken

Orange chicken should be put in the fridge after it cools and everyone is full. Tuck it in an airtight container for leftovers.

How Long Does Orange Chicken Last?

Once in your fridge, you can enjoy your orange chicken leftovers for up to 5 days. Don’t let it go to waste though. You can freeze anything beyond that point for a speedy meal prep.

Homemade orange chicken recipe

Can You Freeze Orange Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze orange chicken. Make sure it’s sealed airtight and use it up within 3 months.

How to Reheat Orange Chicken?

Simply let it thaw in your fridge overnight and then bake it in the oven at 350F or until heated. This will bring back the crispiness of the chicken.

Orange Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 354
If you're looking to take you chicken game up to the next level this orange chicken recipe is just the thing. Orange chicken is tender, crispy, sweet and spicy all at the same time. Its sooo good!


  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 4 eggs (whisked)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • salt (to taste)

Orange Chicken Sauce

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes (add more or less for spice preference)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 orange (for zest)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • scallions (green onions) (for garnish)


  • First, make the orange sauce. Add orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and red chili flakes to a medium pot. Allow to heat through on medium heat for about 3 minutes. While the sauce is heating up, whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to make a paste, then add to the orange sauce and combine. Cook the mixture for about 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and add in the orange zest.
  • Once the sauce has been made it’s time to make the chicken. Place the flour and cornstarch in a shallow dish and whisk together, then add a pinch or 2 of salt. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture and then flour mixture. Heat about 3 inches of frying oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Fry the chicken in batches, cooking for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Place the fried chicken pieces on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Once all of the chicken has been fried, toss it in the orange sauce over low heat in the same skillet. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.
Calories: 354kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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Be still, my heart! Chicken and dumplings is one of my favorite dishes to make. It’s so hearty and soothing, the perfect comfort food. With this chicken and dumplings recipe, my family always comes back for seconds and yours will too!

Best chicken and dumplings recipe

Best Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Tender, juicy, and utterly delicious, this is the best chicken and dumplings recipe. It has a luscious taste and texture that you and your whole family will love. Plus, it’s easier than you think to make this southern dish!

Chicken and dumplings ingredients

Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients

  • Rotisserie chicken – shred up your leftover rotisserie chicken for a simple and delicious way to make this classic homemade chicken and dumplings recipe. Using rotisserie chicken makes chicken dumplings super easy.
  • Chicken stock – this will make up the broth for your chicken and dumpling soup.
  • Evaporated milk – gives your creamy chicken and dumplings broth a creamier texture.
  • Fresh veggies – yellow onion, matchstick carrots, and celery add more flavor and nutrition to your meal.
  • Seasonings – thyme and rosemary add a savory and warming component.
  • Homemade dumplings – these are easy to make with all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, melted butter, and whole milk plus seasonings.

Easy chicken and dumplings recipe

I am the emperor, and I want dumplings.
Emperor Ferdinand

Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Do you have 20 minutes? That’s all it takes to put together this recipe. The rest is cooking time. It’s a wonderful dish for when you need something soothing. And with easy ingredients you likely have in your kitchen right as you read this, you won’t have to run to the store.

How do you make chicken and dumplings from scratch

How do you Make Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

You’ll first cook the veggies in butter until they soften. Then you’ll add the flour followed by chicken stock and evaporated milk to make the broth. When it boils, you’ll add the chicken and seasonings. Make the dumplings while the soup simmers, forming into balls that you’ll drop directly into the pot. Once these are cooked through, your homemade chicken and dumplings recipe is ready!

How to cook chicken and dumplings

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken and Dumplings Soup

  • When you’re learning how to make dumpling dough, the key is not to overmix it. You can use a melon baller to scoop and release them easily into the soup too.
  • Don’t stir the dumplings while they’re cooking. You’ll break them apart.
  • You don’t need perfect shapes for those dumplings either. When they have those little rough edges, that makes the best texture and taste.

How long to cook chicken and dumplings

How to Cook Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is cooked on the stovetop. You’ll make the soup base first and then as that simmers, get your dumpling dough together. Once you drop it in, it’s just a waiting game until it’s finished.

How to thicken chicken and dumplings

How long does it take to make chicken and dumplings from scratch?

The total time from prep to plating will take you 55 minutes to make chicken and dumplings from scratch. Before you know it, you’ll be done!

Should you cover dumplings when cooking?

Your dumplings should be submerged under the surface of the soup. You should push them down gently with your spoon when you drop them in.

Why are my dumplings chewy

How long should I boil dumplings?

Your dumplings should be boiled about 15 minutes. Check them to be sure they’ve cooked through.

How long does it take for dumplings to cook?

All told, it should take about 15 minutes for your dumplings to cook. Set a timer and then check them to be sure.

How do you keep dumpling from dissolving

How do you know when dumplings are done in chicken and dumplings?

At 15 minutes, take a toothpick and poke a dumpling. If the toothpick comes out clean, your dumplings are ready.

Do dumplings float when done?

Yes, they tend to float but you should be watching the time and relying on using a toothpick to see if they are cooked through.

Should you cover dumplings when cooking

Is chicken and dumplings supposed to be soupy?

Yes, since Southern chicken and dumplings is a soup, though it eats more like a meal. It is sometimes referred to as chicken dumpling soup.

How do you thicken chicken and dumplings?

In this homemade dumpling recipe, the all-purpose flour should render your chicken and dumplings plenty thick. But if it’s still too watery for you, make a cornstarch slurry and stir it in until you get your desired consistency.

Is chicken and dumplings supposed to be soupy

How do you make dumplings that don’t dissolve?

Follow this chicken dumpling recipe and be sure not to drop your dumplings in until you’ve lowered the temperature so the boiling slows down.

How do you keep dumplings from dissolving?

If you follow this recipe, you won’t have dumplings that dissolve. Another tip is to keep from throwing them into a rolling boil.

Do dumplings float when done

Why are my dumplings chewy?

You likely overmixed your dumpling batter if your dumplings are chewy. Overmixing makes the glutens build in the flour and creates a tough texture.

How long does it take to make chicken and dumplings

What goes well with Chicken and Dumplings

Since this is a southern recipe, you can’t go wrong with cornbread. Also, a nice garden salad, fried okra, roasted brussels sprouts, or even sauteed green beans all go very well with this dish.

Homemade chicken and dumplings

How to Store Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings need to be stored in the fridge. You’ll want to seal it in an airtight container to keep the flavors fresh.

How Long Do Chicken and Dumplings Last?

You’ll have about 5 days to use up your chicken and dumplings from the fridge. If you’ve got too much to finish off before then, you’ll want to put it in your freezer.

Can You Freeze Chicken and Dumplings?

You bet! You’ll just need it to cool first before freezing. Whether in storage bags or airtight containers, it will last 3 to 4 months when frozen.

How to Reheat Chicken and Dumplings?

When you want to reheat chicken and dumplings, do so on your stovetop. From frozen, thaw it overnight in the fridge first.

Classic Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 665
This classic & old fashioned Chicken and Dumplings recipe is a comfort food favorite that puts a smile on everyone's face. This creamy classic is packed with fluffy dumplings and delicious flavor that is ready from scratch in no time!


  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 1/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup celery (diced)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 4 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)

Dumpling Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 tbsp butter (melted)


  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the melted butter and cook for 5 minutes. Once the vegetables have softened, add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Once fragrant, add the flour and stir to combine. Once combined, add the evaporated milk and chicken stock and stir, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in the chicken, thyme, and black pepper and salt. Allow the soup to simmer uncovered.
  • While the soup simmers, make the dumplings. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, salt, and thyme in a large bowl. Create a well in the center of the mixture and pour the butter and milk into the center. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to mix until a dough ball forms.
  • Form the dough balls into two tablespoons worth and place directly into the simmering pot. Gently press them down into the soup so they are slightly covered. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked through. Once the dumplings are cooked through, serve immediately.
Calories: 665kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1173mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3631IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 5mg

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Everyone gets so caught up with taco night, but what about Mexican enchiladas? They’re an amazing Mexican dish you shouldn’t miss either. When my kids begged me to make this chicken enchilada recipe last week, I realized it had been far too long and popped them in the oven for dinner. It’s a meal that disappears fast!

Best chicken enchilada recipe

Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe

What I love about this Mexican chicken enchilada recipe is that it’s made with very simple and wholesome ingredients. No need to find a Mexican restaurant in town…the best chicken enchilada recipe is going to be right in your kitchen!

Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

This homemade enchiladas recipe is super-simple and delicious, though it does take an hour. I like making this easy enchilada recipe on a Saturday night when I don’t have to rush around. The kids love to help too so if you have kids, get them involved and make it a fun activity for the family.

Chicken enchilada ingredients

Chicken Enchilada Ingredients

  • Rotisserie chickenrotisserie chicken enchiladas are so easy. Simple shred your rotisserie chicken from the supermarket to make easy enchiladas.
  • Black beans – adds more protein and authentic taste.
  • Diced green chilies – a can of these adds just enough zing to this dish.
  • Flour tortillas – serves as the wrap that makes it an enchilada (if you’re gluten-free, they have gluten-free tortillas you can use too).
  • Shredded cheese – a must for any cheese enchilada recipe. The cheesier the enchilada, the better (Mexican blend is the best cheese for enchiladas but you can use cheddar if that’s what you’ve got).
  • Red enchilada sauce – ties the whole enchilada flavor profile together and a must for chicken enchiladas with red sauce.
  • Garnishes – I use fresh chopped cilantro, red onion, jalapenos, and sour cream though feel free to make my guacamole recipe to go along with it too.

Easy chicken enchilada recipe

I love you a whole enchiLOTTA!

How do you Make Chicken Enchiladas from Scratch

So many people balk at making food from different cuisines. It’s so much fun though and the flavors are so rewarding. All you need to do to make chicken enchiladas from scratch is heat avocado oil in a pan and sauté white onion. Then add your chicken and chilies to sauté together. You’ll add the beans next and set it aside. After that, you’ll assemble the enchiladas, place them in your baking dish, and cover with the sauce and cheese until it bakes to bubbly perfection. These quick and easy chicken enchiladas always have people coming back for seconds!

How do you make chicken enchiladas from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Enchiladas Every Time

  • Use rotisserie chicken. It makes it easier to shred and get that perfect texture of the chicken plus it saves you a step. Shredded chicken enchiladas are easy and delicious!
  • Cook it for the full time instructed. Yes, the chicken is fully cooked, but the rest of the ingredients need to come together. This won’t dry out the chicken though thanks to all the other ingredients and the sauce.
  • Serve the garnishes on the side. To alleviate headaches, I always put the garnishes in little ramekins on the table so that everyone can top their enchiladas the way they want to. The garnishes double as enchilada seasonings.
  • Guacamole is also awesome with chicken enchiladas. See my guacamole recipe here!

How to cook chicken enchiladas

How to Cook Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy chicken enchiladas begin on the stovetop to bring the chicken, onions, chiles, and beans together. Then you assemble all the ingredients together and place in a baking dish, top with sauce and cheese, and wait until it bakes up nice and bubbly.

Do you use corn or flour tortillas for enchiladas?

You can use either one. If you are gluten-free, corn tortillas are another option you can use for a gluten-free version of this dish.

How long to bake chicken enchiladas

What do you put inside enchiladas?

These chicken and cheese enchiladas have shredded rotisserie chicken, onions, black beans, and chilies though you can feel free to add corn and green bell peppers, or change the protein or leave it completely meatless.

Can you use taco sauce in place of enchilada sauce?

If you only have taco sauce, you can use it instead of enchilada sauce. The flavors won’t be the same, but it will at least taste good.

What do you put inside chicken enchiladas

Do you have to cover enchiladas when baking?

No, you do not need to cover homemade chicken enchiladas when baking. That will make the tortillas soggy plus you want the cheese to get nice and melty.

How long does it take to heat up enchiladas in the oven?

Once you get the enchiladas in the oven, it takes 20 minutes. You’ll see the cheese get nice and bubbly and you’ll know it’s ready!

Do you use corn or flour tortillas for enchiladas

How Long to Bake Chicken Enchiladas

With this simple enchilada recipe, once your chicken enchiladas go into the oven, they will take about 20 minutes to bake. It should be nice and bubbly on top.

How do you know when enchiladas are done?

The sauce and cheese should be bubbly when your enchiladas are done. At 20 minutes, that’s plenty of cooking time, especially since the chicken is already cooked in this recipe.

How do you make enchiladas not soggy

What is the difference between green enchilada sauce and salsa verde?

While they seem similar, green enchilada sauce is cooked. Salsa verde is blended from simple ingredients and eaten raw, like regular salsa.

What goes well with Chicken Enchiladas

Mexican rice, guacamole, refried beans, chips and salsa, Pico de Gallo and tortilla soup are all ideal accompaniments to these delicious creamy chicken enchiladas.

Why do my enchiladas fall apart

Why do my enchiladas fall apart?

Choosing good tortillas will keep your enchiladas from falling apart. Make sure they’re not old. The fresher they are, the better!

Why do my tortillas fall apart when I make enchiladas?

You’re probably either cooking it too long or using old tortillas. Use this recipe and stick to the 20-minute baking time and make sure you buy fresh tortillas to use when making this dish.

Homemade chicken enchiladas

How do you make enchiladas not soggy?

If you follow this recipe, you shouldn’t have soggy enchiladas because the baking time allows for just long enough for everything to come together.

Homemade mexican style chicken enchiladas

How to Store Chicken Enchiladas

Wrap your remaining chicken enchiladas up in foil or seal in an airtight container. Once they’ve cooled, you’ll need to keep them in the fridge.

How Long Do Chicken Enchilada Last?

The fridge life of chicken enchiladas is about 3 days. I’ve never had that happen in my house though since these are always gone within one day.

Can You Freeze Chicken Enchiladas?

Yes, chicken enchiladas are great for freezing. The biggest trick to this though is to ensure all excess air is removed so they still retain their flavor.

How to Reheat Chicken Enchiladas?

Take those chicken enchiladas out of the freezer and thaw overnight in the fridge. Then bake them at 350F until they become bubbly again. You can add more sauce and cheese if you desire.

Authentic Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 484
My family loves this easy chicken enchilada recipe! This recipe is so simple the kids can help and you can easy customize it to add in all of your favorite toppings!


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large white onion (diced)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (shredded)
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chilies
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 16 oz can black beans
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 1/2 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 1 large can of red enchilada sauce
  • cilantro (chopped for garnish)
  • red onion (chopped for garnish)
  • sour cream (for garnish)
  • jalapeno pepper (chopped for garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease a baking dish. Then, heat the avocado oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and saute for about 4 minutes, occasionally stirring.
  • Once the onions have slightly softened, add in the shredded chicken and green chilies, and liberally season with salt and pepper. Saute the entire mixture for about 4 minutes, then add in the beans and stir until fully combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Now it is time to assemble the enchiladas. Create an assembly line of tortillas, enchilada sauce, chicken and bean mixture, and cheese. Create the enchilada by laying out a tortilla, spreading out 2 1/2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, then adding a liberal spoonful of the chicken mixture in the center, then sprinkle about 1/3 cup of cheese. Roll the tortilla up and place in the greased baking dish. Repeat this process with 7 remaining tortillas.
  • Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with leftover cheese. Bake the enchiladas for about 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Remove from the oven and garnish with sour cream, red onion, and cilantro.
Calories: 484kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 371mg | Iron: 2mg

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Meaty, savory, and comforting, shepherd’s pie is a classic dish of English origin filled with meat and veggies topped with a mashed potato crust. Don’t be fooled by the lengthy ingredients though because this dinner delight is one of the easiest ever. Perfect for prep or a weekend dinner on a chilly night, my family always asks for my shepherd’s pie recipe when the temperatures are plummeting outside and I have a feeling yours will too!

Best shepherds pie recipe

Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

The best shepherd’s pie recipe is full of beef and vegetables in a rich, herb sauce that’s irresistible. With the mashed potatoes on top, it creates a savory experience for dinner. And the fact that it takes hardly any time to prep is a win, making it a perfect meal to warm up the family.

Shepherds pie ingredients

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

  • Ground beef – While lamb is more traditional, this Shepherd’s pie uses ground beef. You could also use ground turkey or chicken if you’d rather.
  • Peas and corn – Get those veggies in there! Feel free to add carrots as well.
  • All-purpose flour – This thickens the sauce (can be gluten-free).
  • Beef stock – Helps make the sauce.
  • Tomato paste – You need that tomato base to round out the sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce – That’s the secret ingredient in giving shepherd’s pie its signature flavor.
  • Herbs and spices – Parsley, rosemary, and thyme all come together to give this a robust taste.
  • Mashed potatoes – It’s how we top off this simple shepherd’s pie recipe, making it the pinnacle of perfection!

Easy shepherds pie recipe

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

This easy shepherd’s pie recipe with beef is ready to go in the oven in 15 minutes. From there, you can knock out anything else you need while it bakes!

Ok but first…Shepherds pie.

How do you make shepherds pie

How do you Make Shepherd’s Pie from Scratch

To make this recipe for Shepherd’s pie with ground beef, you start out by making the meat filling. Combine all the ingredients for that and simmer together. Once it’s ready, you can get the oven pre-heated. Then you’ll make your mashed potatoes. After you have them ready, you can assemble this casserole in a baking dish with the meat mixture on the bottom and the mashed potatoes on top. Bake it uncovered for 30 minutes, let it cool for about 15 minutes, and then serve.

How to cook shepherds pie

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Shepherd’s Pie Every Time

  • Yes, you can use leftover mashed potatoes. If you have a bounty of mashed potatoes from last night’s dinner, you can totally turn that into your topper for traditional shepherd’s pie. If you don’t have the time for proper mashed potatoes, you can always make shepherd’s pie with instant potatoes.
  • You can also use sweet potatoes if you’d prefer. This gives it a sweet and savory contrast.
  • Dry seasonings are best in homemade Shepherd’s pie. Because you need to cook them into the meat filling, you should turn to your spice rack for your herbs.
  • You can make it meatless. Just substitute the stock for a veggie one and choose mushrooms rather than meat.

Does shepherd’s pie have cheese on top?

Some recipes top shepherd’s pie with cheese. I’ve seen a lot with cheddar though this recipe uses parmesan cheese in the mashed potato topping.

How long to bake shepherds pie

How to Cook Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie begins with making the meat filling and the mashed potatoes on the stove. Once those elements are prepared, taking roughly 15 minutes, you can then layer them in a casserole dish and bake them to finish off this meal.

What to serve with shepherds pie

Where is shepherd’s pie from?

Shepherd’s pie comes from England. It’s been around since at least the 1700s and is still a cherished family meal to this date.

What is a traditional shepherd’s pie?

A traditional shepherd’s pie is a layered casserole with beef and vegetables that is topped off with a lovely layer of mashed potatoes and then baked together. In the olden days, they made this recipe to make use of leftovers though it has become a treasured dinner recipe.

What is the difference between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie?

The difference is in that cottage pie usually is made with beef while shepherd’s pie is typically made with lamb. In the US though, shepherd’s pie is almost always made with beef.

What do you call a shepherd’s pie made with beef?

In the olden days, they called shepherd’s pie that was made with beef cottage pie. These days, it seems the two names are interchangeable.

How long does shepherds pie last

How do I thicken shepherd’s pie without flour?

For those that are gluten-free and don’t want to use flour, you can use cornstarch. They also make gluten-free flour that you can use instead and not have to worry about thickening with regular flour.

Can you freeze shepherds pie

How Long to Bake Shepherd’s Pie

You should bake your shepherd’s pie for 30 minutes at 400F. This should be plenty of time to bring the layers together.

How long does it take to heat shepherd’s pie?

It takes 30 minutes to heat the shepherd’s pie once you have everything assembled together. Total cook time on this recipe is 50 minutes.

How do you keep shepherds pie from falling apart

Is shepherd’s pie supposed to be soupy?

No, it shouldn’t be soupy. It shouldn’t be too firm either. It should be somewhere in the middle of that, with a nicely rich consistency.

Why is my shepherd’s pie runny?

Generally, this is caused by using too much stock. If you follow this recipe’s measurements you’ll have the right amount but don’t forget to reduce the meat filling long enough so it’s not runny.

How do you keep shepherd’s pie from falling apart?

Make sure your casserole dish is the right size. You should also have firm mashed potatoes so it won’t fall apart when you’re serving. As you put the topping on, don’t press too hard, using a gentle touch to smooth it out.

Why is my shepherds pie runny

What to Serve with Shepherd’s Pie

A nice fresh salad is a great side to contrast with the richness of this meal. We also like a crusty loaf of bread or garlic bread to go along with it. It’s great to dunk in the sauce!

How do I thicken shepherds pie without flour

How to Store Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie needs to be kept in an airtight container. You will want to put it in the fridge when you clean up your meal.

Where is shepherds pie from

How Long Does Shepherd’s Pie Last?

If you keep your shepherd’s pie in the fridge, I’d say eat it before 3 days are up. You can also freeze it.

Homemade shepherds pie recipe

Can You Freeze Shepherd’s Pie?

Yes, freeze that shepherd’s pie! Just make sure it’s sealed properly and it will last up to 3 months in your freezer, making a perfect prepped meal on a night you have zero time to cook.

Where is shepherds pie from

How to Reheat Shepherd’s Pie?

Let it thaw overnight in the fridge and then warm it up in the oven until fully heated through, about 30 minutes at 350F. Cover it with foil first to keep the potatoes from burning.

What temperature do you reheat shepherd’s pie?

To reheat your shepherd’s pie, cover it with foil and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Homemade Shepherds Pie Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 475
This English Classic Shepherd's Pie (sometimes referred to as 'Cottage Pie') recipe is absolutely delicious! Shepherds Pie is a baked savory classic with a blend of seasoned ground beef or lamb mixed with fresh vegetables and topped with cheese mashed potatoes. This easy recipe also makes fantastic leftovers!


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/8 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn

Potato topping

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  • First, make the meat filling. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once heated through, add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the ground beef and break it apart and then add in the parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir thoroughly. Then, add in the Worcestershire sauce and garlic and cook for 1 minute and then add the flour and tomato paste. Stir until well combined. Once thoroughly combined, add in the broth, frozen peas and corn. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Once simmered, set the meat mixture aside and preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Next, make the potato topping. Boil the potatoes in a large pot for about 15 minutes or until they are fork tender. Once tender, drain the potatoes and add the butter, half and half, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mash the ingredients until thoroughly mixed together, then add in the parmesan cheese.
  • Assemble the casserole. Pour the meat into a 9x9 baking dish and spread into an even layer. Pour the mashed potatoes on top of the heat and smooth into an even layer. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes at 400F. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Calories: 475kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: English


Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 934mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

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