13 Recipes Nearly as Easy as Boiling Water
Do you have two left spatulas when it comes to cooking? Fear not—these recipes couldn’t be easier!
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Yes, you can cook
It’s no secret that cooking, while often rewarding, can be a drag at times. But some recipes are probably way easier than you think—and not just notoriously low-effort recipes like pasta and scrambled eggs. And for some of them, you will need certain kitchen apparatus such as a Dutch oven or a cast-iron skillet. But the ingredients, and the combination thereof, are pretty much as easy as it gets. And should you run into trouble, we’ve got 17 fixes for the most common cooking disasters.
If you want to make this super-simple, delicious appetizer, you probably head to the store for a jar of cocktail sauce. But you might not realize how easy it actually is to make from scratch. For this recipe you will need a Dutch oven—if you don’t have one yet, we like this one. But putting the recipe itself together is crazy easy! You combine eight super-simple ingredients, including onion, parsley, salt, and thyme, in a Dutch oven and simmer them with the shrimp. Making the sauce is easy too: All you have to do is combine the ingredients (including chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and cayenne pepper) and chill them!
This tasty restaurant-app staple is easy to whip up at home. The most challenging part is probably draining and chopping the artichoke hearts. After that, all you’re doing is combining them with mayo, cheese, garlic, pepper sauce, and a sprinkle of Paprika if you so choose. Then it’s time to bake—and that’s it! Have your chips and crackers ready because this will be done before you even realize. Check out some more tasty appetizer recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less.
Nothing beats a scrumptious hot soup on a chilly day. It’s certainly tempting to just pour the contents of a can into a stovetop pan—and, full disclosure, you’ll still be doing that for this recipe. But this ultra-simple veggie soup adds some homemade flair to a regular ol’ can of minestrone, which you combine with frozen veggies, corn, beans, and tomatoes. These recipes are super simple, but if you really want to hone your cooking skills, check out these cooking tricks that are taught in culinary schools.
Egg drop soup
Egg adds some heartiness to this traditional chicken soup, which requires only five ingredients, one of which is water. You just need to boil broth, add cornstarch and water, boil again, cook, drizzle in a beaten egg, and add sliced green onion. And perhaps the best part? You’ll get four full servings out of it!
Easy glazed salmon
Taste of Home
This good-for-you fish is super simple to whip up. All you have to do is prepare the (few) ingredients and bake them; the most time-consuming part is probably greasing the foil on the baking pan. And that’s your first step. After that, you just have to combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, and soy sauce and spoon the combo over the fish. Bake the fish for 20–25 minutes and baste it with the juices from the pan, and you’ve got a scrumptious fish feast. Nothing fishy about it! But make sure you watch out for these ways you’ve been cooking fish wrong without realizing.
A delicacy that has entire restaurants centered around it, pulled pork is a cinch to whip up at home. You will need a slow cooker; we recommend this one. Once you have a slow cooker, cook a boneless pork shoulder butt roast in it for eight to ten hours (while very easy, this recipe is time-consuming). The sauce requires only apricot preserves, onion, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard. And all you need to do to get the pork to have that “pulled” look is pull it (shocker) apart with a fork.
The word “poached” might be enough to scare away tentative home chefs—but it shouldn’t! All you do is add all of the ingredients—chicken breast halves, wine, a few “aromatic” garnishes like peppercorns and herbs, and salt—to a saucepan, add water, and cook at a couple of different temperatures. Seriously, there’s only one step on Taste of Home‘s recipe for poached chicken. It doesn’t get easier than that! But even with these ultra-easy recipes, you run the risk of making these cooking mistakes that can ruin your food.
Chicken & goat cheese skillet
Taste of Home
You’ll need a cast-iron skillet for this delicious comfort food combo—we think this one is a great deal. In it, you’ll sauté chicken breasts until they’re no longer pink and then separately heat up asparagus, tomatoes, milk, goat cheese, and garlic. You’ll have to keep an eye on the time for some of the steps, but you’re actually putting in minimal effort for a yummy, rich meal. Serve it with rice and you’re good to go!
Risotto, though you’ll find it in fancy Italian restaurants, is actually hilariously easy to whip up! This is another one where a Dutch oven will seriously help you out; it’s where you’ll cook your onion, rice, garlic, and wine. The rest of the recipe is just adding some broth that you’ve heated up in a saucepan and then adding garnish like cheese and parsley. The tricky part is keeping an eye on the texture and making sure the liquid has time to absorb, but that really just consists of watching and stirring, and it’s easy to master! So are these brilliant kitchen shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner.