11 Quick Recipes You Can Cook Under 30 Minutes

Don't let traffic steal time from cooking your delicious meals!

In today’s modern world, a lot of basic activities compete with our time: work, hobbies, traffic, traffic, and some more traffic. As much as we want to spend more time in the kitchen making delicious, extraordinary, and amazing meals, usually you just don’t have enough time or energy left.

Still, that doesn’t make our need for filling and scrumptious meals any less. That’s where these simple and easy recipes come in handy. Clocking in at less than 30 minutes, you’ll be able to squeeze in these recipes any night you’re desperate for a good, warm, and home-cooked meal.

Start bookmarking these recipes and go grocery shopping! You wouldn’t want to miss out on these easy and quick recipes!

1 Beef Sukiyaki Sotanghon Recipe

TAKES: 25 minutes

Beef sukiyaki, thanks to generous veggies and that distinct umami-packed salty flavor of Japanese soy sauce, is an incredibly filling dish. No pressure cooker or hours needed to cook the beef component in this dish, as well. As the name of the dish suggests, the beef used are sukiyaki-cut, meaning, the beef is so thinly sliced that it cooks in record time!


Don’t have mirin or Japanese rice wine? You can easily substitute it with soju, which you can buy at many convenience stores. For dashi, although it won’t be the same, using fish bouillon cubes or patis (fish sauce) will be a close enough substitute in a pinch.

2 Tuna Salad Roll-Ups Recipe

TAKES: 19 minutes

This no-cook recipe just needs a little cutting and assembly. Fresh, crunchy apples, zesty lemon juice, and crispy celery and lettuce give every bite of this tortilla wrap multiple flavors and textures.

Here’s a tip for recipes like these that are made of pantry staples: you’ll do your groceries less often when you stock up on your favorite canned goods. This will save you sudden trips out to buy missing ingredients. For more tips like this, check out our article on things you need to buy in bulk.

Photo by Patrick Martires

3 Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry with Mushrooms and Tofu Recipe

TAKES: 25 minutes


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Stir-fries are always a good idea when you’re looking for a quick and hot dish that’s packed with flavor. Cooked quickly on high heat, this combo of protein-heavy mushrooms and tofu will satisfy your tummy in the fastest way possible.

Want it to be even more delicious? Skip the chicken breasts and go for the thigh fillets! They’re tastier and juicier cuts of chicken.

4 Chinese Pepper Steak Recipe

TAKES: 25 minutes

This recipe takes such little time because it only uses five ingredients! You’ll need bell peppers for crunch, soy sauce for saltiness, pepper for spicy earthiness, onions for that spicy sweetness, and of course, quick-cooking sukiyaki-cut beef that cooks almost as soon as it hits the wok.


5 Creamy Seafood And Ginger Soup Recipe

TAKES: 20 minutes

This incredibly delicious recipe amazingly takes little time! Mussels and clams hold so much flavor that they don’t need hours of reduction just to get those distinct flavors. Add in ginger, garlic, and fish sauce to bring out the best in those flavors. Plus, prawns give you something silky and plump to munch on, all-purpose cream turns this into a decadent and velveteen soup, and the sili tops give it that healthy, fresh bite.

6 Creamy Cheesesteak Sandwich Recipe

TAKES: 10 minutes

This simple recipe only needs six ingredients! Just cook up your beef, and then all you will have to do left is assemble the sandwich. You can make it even more mouth-watering by making the garlic cream cheese and mushroom spread in this recipe for an additional 10 minutes following this recipe. For an even quicker option, buy your favorite, ready-made herb cream cheese spread and use that as a quick and easy substitute.

7 Sizzling Korean Chicken Barbeque Recipe

TAKES: 20 minutes

This quick barbecue recipe is given that distinct, delicious Korean flavor with the earthy, salty, spicy, and fragrant hot pepper paste or gochujang. Even the chickens are easy to cook as well, as this recipe uses flavorful thigh fillets that are sure to cook evenly. Don’t forget to serve it with a heaping bowl of hot rice!

Learn more about Korean spices here.


8 Sizzling Mushroom Sisig Recipe

TAKES: 25 minutes

This recipe makes skipping the meat for a meal effortless. That’s because this uses mushrooms instead of meat, making cooking this sisig a lot easier! You have to try this delicious recipe, sizzling or not. Every bite of tender mushroom explodes with that delicious sisig flavor we love so much!

9 Ham and Cheese Fried Rice Recipe

TAKES: 25 minutes

By using cooked rice from your leftovers, you can easily transform it into this dish with some ham in your freezer and cheese from your refrigerator. Fried rice is easily one of the simplest, quickest recipes you can make in a pinch, without needing to worry if you have all the ingredients. Toss in what you have and viola! Instant meals! 

10 Thai Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

TAKES: 20 minutes

This stir-fry dish is unlike any other. It has the flavors of beef tossed with kaffir lime, lemongrass, and fresh basil leaves. It’s rich in complex spices and veggies that are sure to tickle anybody’s tastebuds.

Woks are your best friend! It’ll come in handy when you need to feed your family in the least time possible or when visitors are coming and you need to cook a lot of food quickly.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez

11 Omelette Quatro Formaggio Recipe

TAKES: 20 minutes


It might be as quick-cooking as a normal omelet, but its taste will be at a whole different level. This 4-cheese omelet is rich with cheddar, gruyere, mozzarella, and blue cheeses. Each kind of cheese plays a special part in making the complex, umami-packed flavor pop in your mouth.

What are you cooking tonight? We’re sure one of these recipes at least will fit your plans. They’re easy, simple, and most importantly, for those times of hunger, they won’t keep anyone waiting for long! In just a few minutes, you can serve simple, home-cooked meals with these easy recipes. There’s no need to think twice about it!

Want more quick recipes? Check out more of our dinner recipes you can cook in less than 30 minutes and pasta recipes that will fit right into your schedule.

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