45+ Easy 5-Ingredient Meals You Need to Try

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by Robin
Recipes with 5 ingredients

Quick and easy weeknight dinner recipes are essential for families. When everyone is finally home from work and school we're hungry and tired and need a meal fast. Plus when you have days that are busier, chances are you’re not in the mood to spend hours in the kitchen at night, cooking gourmet meals. I know I never am!

But here’s the good news. You can cook meals that are thrown together quickly but still taste amazing. Having a selection of weeknight go-to dinner meals is essential to have for days when you just want to feed your family quickly.

Simplify your weeknight cooking routine with these 45+ recipes below that can be made with 5 ingredients or less. They are all simple to make, come together quickly (most of them are ready in under 20 minutes) and are super affordable!

5-Ingredient Meals: Chicken and Turkey Recipes

1. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken from Us!

This whole chicken recipe is ready in ready quickly and tastes like it was done on the barbecue! Serve with a salad and fresh bread or rice - and you'll have a great meal in a jiffy.
instant pot whole chicken

2. Five Ingredient Caprese Chicken from Seasonal Cravings

This Five Ingredient Caprese Chicken is super fast and only uses pantry staples.  It’s healthy, gluten-free and kid-friendly. 
Five Ingredient Caprese Chicken

3. Bacon Crusted Chicken from Wholesome Yum

This bacon chicken recipe is quick and easy, with just 5 ingredients. You'll love your chicken breast with bacon crust on it!  

Bacon Crusted Chicken

4. 3-Ingredient Pomegranate Balsamic Chicken Thighs from Lively Table

These 3 ingredient pomegranate balsamic chicken thighs couldn’t be easier to make. They’re the perfect quick and healthy weeknight dinner paired with a side of veggies!  

3-Ingredient Pomegranate Balsamic Chicken Thighs

5. One Pan 5-Ingredient Chicken Skillet from Unicorns in the Kitchen

This one-pan 5-ingredient chicken skillet is perfect for weeknight dinners as it comes together in 30 minutes. The final addition of pepper rings gives a bold flavour to the dish - and are easily left off for pickier eaters. 

One Pan 5-Ingredient Chicken Skillet

6. Five Minute Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders from Joyfilled Eats

Chicken tenderloins are perfect as a quick dinner. They cook fast and don’t require cutting or trimming first.  

Five Minute Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

7. Creamy Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Peppers from Kitchen Gidget

Classic Chicken Alfredo is mixed with orzo pasta and mozzarella cheese, stuffed into bell peppers and baked to delicious gooey perfection! Easy enough for a weekday dinner yet fancy enough for that special meal.   Creamy Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Peppers

8. 4-Ingredient Roast Chicken Dinner from My Kitchen Love

Easy and with almost zero prep, this 4-Ingredient Roast Chicken Dinner is sure to become a new family favourite. A fail-proof juicy whole roast chicken recipe that lets the oven do all the work!

4-Ingredient Roast Chicken Dinner

9. 5-Ingredient Turkey Sliders from Unicorns in the Kitchen

These 5-ingredient Turkey Sliders are easy and perfect for parties, game days, or any other gatherings! The melted cheese and delicious smoked turkey make a wonderful combination!

5-Ingredient Turkey Sliders

10. Turkey Skillet Dinner from Art From My Table

This Turkey Skillet Dinner is the perfect one-pot meal.  It’s quick, easy, and super tasty.  Dinner in 30 minutes.
Turkey Skillet Dinner

11. Kid Pleasing Jelly Chicken from Us!

This is one of our kids' favourite weeknight meals! So low prep it's my favourite too.
Kid Pleasing Jelly Chicken

12. Unprocessed and Easy Chicken Finger Recipe from Us!

Takes a few more minutes than frozen chicken fingers - but are totally worth it! Tender and kid-friendly.
Easy Chicken Finger Recip

5-Ingredient Meals: Meat Recipes

13. Ribs in the Instant Pot from Us!

This is our most popular recipe - and with good reason! It tastes just like barbecued ribs without the huge time investment. instant pot ribs

14. Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Fearless Dining

This slow cooker pulled pork is a delicious recipe that is so easy to make. Just 5 simple ingredients, a crockpot, and you have a delicious family dinner and leftovers too!  
Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

15. Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Crock-Pot Roast from Fearless Dining

Crock-pot roast beef is juicy, tender, and absolutely delicious! If you love pot roast, this is the easiest pot roast recipe you will ever make.  

Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Crock-Pot Roast

16. Spaghetti Squash Meatball Casserole from My Life Cookbook

This spaghetti squash meatball casserole is an easy weeknight dinner you can make quickly with only 4 ingredients. And it’s a great gluten-free alternative to pasta.  

Spaghetti Squash Meatball Casserole

17. Slow Cooker Marinara Pot Roast from My Life Cookbook

This slow cooker marinara pot roast just needs 5 ingredients to make a flavorful dinner. Pop into the slow cooker in the morning, cook a few side dishes and in just 20 minutes you can have a delicious wholesome meal.

Slow Cooker Marinara Pot Roast

18. Easy, Cheesy 5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake from Two Healthy Kitchens

This incredibly quick and easy pizza pasta bake is an absolute lifesaver on busy nights! It’ll be in the oven in no time flat – you can even mix it all up right in the pan (and you don’t even have to precook the pasta)!  

Easy, Cheesy 5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake

19. 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pot Roast from A Mindful Mom

Forget complicated meals! 5 ingredients are all it takes to get one of the most comforting, delicious easy Pot Roast you have EVER had–one of the BEST dinners you have ever had!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pot Roast

20. Keto Low Carb Pizza Casserole Recipe from Wholesome Yum

This easy low carb pizza casserole recipe requires just 5 ingredients. Find out how to make a delicious cauliflower pizza casserole - no crust needed!  

Keto Low Carb Pizza Casserole Recipe

21. Five-Ingredient Pasta With Bolognese Sauce from Bowl of Delicious

This 25-minute Pasta with Bolognese Sauce recipe uses only FIVE ingredients! It has the most authentic, delicious Italian taste and texture, with sauce that clings to every bite of pasta thanks to a few easy tricks (which can be used in other pasta recipes, too).  

Five-Ingredient Pasta With Bolognese Sauce

22. 5 Ingredient BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadillas from My Kitchen Love

Quick and easy 5 Ingredient BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadillas are made in just 15 minutes! A perfect healthy and easy meal solution for families.    
5 Ingredient BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadillas

23. Crock Pot Dump Chili by Us!

This is the meal I make when I have zero time to make a meal! Fast and delicious! Crock Pot Dump Chili

5-Ingredient Meals: Fish/Seafood Recipes

24. Easy Bakes Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Mayo from Wholesome Yum

Just 4 ingredients needed for this easy Parmesan crusted tilapia recipe in the oven. Add veggies for a sheet pan dinner. Only 15 minutes start to finish!
 Easy Bakes Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Mayo

25. Chili Soy Salmon from The My Life Cookbook

Need a quick and easy dinner? This chilli soy salmon is awesome and only takes 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make.
Chili Soy Salmon

26. Four Ingredient Southern Style Oven-Baked Catfish from Bowl of Delicious

It’s inexpensive to make, slightly spicy, super crispy on the outside, and tender and flaky on the inside. It’s perfect in every way, especially in how easy it is to prepare.
Four Ingredient Southern Style Oven-Baked Catfish

27. Fast Fish Tacos from Recipe Girl

In Southern California, fish tacos are pretty much daily fare. You’ll find them in all kinds of restaurants prepared in a variety of ways. This is a fresh, healthy and simple way to prepare fish tacos.  
Fast Fish Tacos

28. 5-Ingredient Smoked Salmon Pasta from Sprinkles and Sprouts

Smoked salmon, cream, dill and peppery rocket are mixed with pasta for a speedy and elegant dinner!
5-Ingredient Smoked Salmon Pasta

29. Pressure Cooker Shrimp Risotto from Two Sleevers

Here’s a quick way to make a creamy shrimp risotto with no stirring in your pressure cooker or instant pot.  
Pressure Cooker Shrimp Risotto

30. 5-Ingredient Garlic Parmesan Tilapia from The Seasoned Mom

This 5-Ingredient Garlic Parmesan Tilapia is about to bust through any of these roadblocks — making your weeknight dinners a bit less chaotic, a bit healthier, and a whole lot tastier!  
5-Ingredient Garlic Parmesan Tilapia

31. One-Pan Fabulous Fish from Jamie Oliver

This colourful dish cook in only 15 minutes which makes it perfect for weeknights. Adding the tapenade and olive oil over the cooked dish is the perfect finish and makes this recipe to die for.  
One-Pan Fabulous Fish

32. 5 Ingredient Fish Stick Wraps from Sweet Phi

It’s a super easy recipe that is ready and on the table in less than 15 minutes and the best part? You probably already have the ingredients to make this dish in your house!
5 Ingredient Fish Stick Wraps

5-Ingredient Meals: Vegetarian Recipes

33. Quick and Easy Crustless Quiche by Us!

So easy you can make this half-asleep and in minutes! Fabulous for breakfast and dinner!
Quick and Easy Crustless Quiche

34. 15-Minute Cannellini Bean Stew from Simple Vegan Blog

It’s a super healthy, nutritious, quick and easy meal that is ready in less than 15 minutes. You can use canned cannellini beans, this is great if you are really busy and want to eat healthily.
15-Minute Cannellini Bean Stew

35. Festive Tomato and Spinach Cauliflower Rice from My Life Cookbook

This festive tomato and spinach cauliflower rice only takes 15 minutes to make and is a delicious side dish. Cauliflower rice takes on the flavours sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and is topped with crunchy pine nuts.  
Festive Tomato and Spinach Cauliflower Rice

36. Easy 5 Ingredient Baked Rotini from A Mindful Mom

5 Ingredient Baked Rotini: 5 ingredients is all you need to make a family-pleasing meal that can stretch to easily feed a crowd.
Easy 5 Ingredient Baked Rotini


37. Five Ingredient Black Bean Croquettes from Healthy Seasonable Recipes

These crispy black bean croquettes are a super easy vegetarian appetizer to serve for a Cinco de Mayo party. Serve them with guacamole or salsa for dipping and watch them disappear in no time!
Five Ingredient Black Bean Croquettes

38. 3 Ingredient Vegan Chili from Create Mindfully

This easy comforting 3 Ingredient Vegan Chili is perfect for a road trip or if you want a quick meal. It is packed with protein to satisfy.
3 Ingredient Vegan Chili

39. Four Ingredient Bakes Gnocchi from Bowl of Delicious

You need to try this meal: It consists of only FOUR ingredients, it takes only 20 MINUTES, it’s CHEAP, and it's easy (your kids can make it!).  And it makes you feel like you are out for a fancy Italian meal with all the comfort food requirements of cheesy, tomato-saucy goodness. 
Four Ingredient Bakes Gnocchi

40. Healthy 5-Ingredient Vegan Parmesan Zoodles from Yum Some

This healthy 5-ingredient vegan parmesan zoodles are super simple to make, full of goodness and flavour, and at under 100 caloriess a portion, make for a perfectly light and tasty weeknight supper.  
Healthy 5-Ingredient Vegan Parmesan Zoodles

41. Low Carb Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna from Garden in the Kitchen

This Low Carb Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna is a dairy-free, cheesy comforting meal made with only 5-ingredients!  
Low Carb Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

42. Leek Tart from Martha Stewart

Store-bought pastry from the freezer case makes the buttery base for the leek tart. Scoring the dough defines the border, and pricking prevents the center from puffing up too much during baking.

Leek Tart

43. Healthier Blueberry Banana Pancakes with Instant Pancake Mix from Us!

Breakfast for dinner is a time-saving winner! Our kids practically cheer when we serve these.
Blueberry Banana Pancakes with Instant Pancake Mix

44. French Toast with Peach Sauce from Us!

Another breakfast for dinner that's a hit at our place. You won't believe how easy the peach sauce is! French Toast with Peach Sauce

5-Ingredient Meals: Soup Recipes

45. 5 Ingredient Pea and Mint Soup  from Lauren Cooks

Who can ask for better than a delicious soup made with 5 ingredients? To me, 5 ingredient dinners are totally manageable, even on days you don’t feel like cooking at all.  
5 Ingredient Pea and Mint Soup

46. Low Carb Mexican Chicken Soup from Low Carb Yum

No time for cooking? Try this ridiculously easy slow cooker Mexican chicken low carb soup recipe. It’s made with only 4 ingredients!
Low Carb Mexican Chicken Soup

47. Easy Low Carb Taco Soup with Ranch Dressing from Wholesome Yum

See how to make taco soup on the stove - it takes only 20 minutes and 5 ingredients! The whole family will love this easy low carb taco soup recipe with ranch dressing.  
Easy Low Carb Taco Soup with Ranch Dressing

48. 5-Ingredient Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe from Wholesome Yum

This 5-ingredient easy low carb tomato soup is bursting with roasted tomatoes & fresh basil. Low carb, gluten-free, grain-free & keto, with a paleo option.
5-Ingredient Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

49. 5 Ingredient Curry Peanut Pumpkin Soup from Create Mindfully

This easy comforting 5 Ingredient Curry Peanut Pumpkin Soup is perfect for a weeknight meal or to pack for a road trip.
5 Ingredient Curry Peanut Pumpkin Soup

50. 3-Ingredient Potato Soup from Yumsome

This 3-ingredient potato soup is delicious, nutritious, simple to make, and is really frugal too!  
3-Ingredient Potato Soup

51. 3-Ingredient Tomato Tortellini Soup from Honey and Birch

3 Ingredient Tomato Tortellini Soup – if you’re short on time, make this soup! It only takes 15 minutes from start to finish and is full of flavour. Plus, 3 variations are included with easy additions for more soup deliciousness!
3-Ingredient Tomato Tortellini Soup

52. 3-Ingredient Black Bean Soup  from Honey and Birch

This 3 ingredient black bean soup recipe is easy to make. It’s healthy, full of protein and flavour, and can be thrown together quickly! Plus, you can make it vegan by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.  
3-Ingredient Black Bean Soup

53. 3-Ingredient Pinto Bean Soup from Create Mindfully

This recipe for 3 Ingredient Pinto Bean Soup is perfect for a road trip or if you want a quick meal. Make it mild or spicy depending upon the salsa you use.
3-Ingredient Pinto Bean Soup

Now that’s a ton of meal ideas, isn’t it?

Getting food on the table for your family doesn’t have to be complicated! These 5-ingredient meals is proof of that, and I’m sure your family would love the pleasure of eating any of them!

Need more quick, healthy family-friendly recipes?  Here you go:

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