50+ BEST Easter Recipes (Dinner + Brunch Ideas)

Easter recipes are always an essential part of the holiday! From the traditional glazed ham, to mashed potatoes, and more! Here’s an extensive list of the 50+ BEST Easter recipes including appetizers, side dishes, main courses, brunch cocktails, and dessert!

If you’re hosing an easter brunch or holiday dinner, you’re going to need some recipes for your feast!

These delicious easter recipes are perfect for family gatherings and they’re guaranteed crowd pleasers.

Ham, glazed carrots, and mashed potatoes are always go-to’s for this family holiday. But there’s so much more!

For example, these Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts are always the biggest hit! And, these California Roll Style Deviled Eggs are an unexpected (but very welcome) surprise… Or, to please everyone, try this Baked Potato Bar.

So, let’s get started…

Sample Easter Menu #1

Sample Easter Menu #2

But there’s more, keep reading to discover 50+ recipes that are perfect for the Easter holiday!

PS – Don’t forget about these 30+ BEST Easter cocktails too!

Favorite Easter Recipes

Easter Appetizers

Overhead shot of shrimp arranged on white plate with cocktail forks and bowl of cocktail sauce in the middle.
This easy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce recipe is zesty, tangy, and ALWAYS a crowd please.
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Crackers spread with blackberry goat cheese on serving platter with honey wand and blackberries.
Why not whip up this sweet and savory Blackberry Goat Cheese appetizer for your next party?  This elegant appetizer is easy to make with just 5-ingredients!
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Crostini topped with brie, basil and prosciutto arranged on grey plate next to honey wand.
These Prosciutto, Brie & Honey Crostini make the perfect party appetizer that pairs with a variety of wines.
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Stuffed crab deviled eggs on dark background topped with sesame seeds, avocado, radishes and cucumber.
Crab Deviled Eggs are an eay, delicious variation of the classic recipe. It’s like your favorite California Roll in deviled egg form. The creamy yolks are combined with wasabi for a spicy kick, then they’re topped with crab, avocado and cucumber. 
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Side view of Avocado bites wrapped in prosciutto on wood cutting board.
Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites are the perfect party appetizer. They’re an easy to make, no-bake finger food and come together in under 10 minutes!
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Overhead close up of ham & cheese pinwheel.
These Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are an easy & elegant appetizer or brunch idea. Given a bit of tang from dijon mustard & taken over the top with “everything” bagel seasoning.
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Overhead shot of greek yogurt ranch dip in bread bowl next to small orange peppers and watermelon radish.
Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip made with only 3-ingredients is perfect for snacking or parties. Make it in just 15-minutes and serve with your favorite veggies for dipping!
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Deviled eggs on grey plate sprinkled with paprika.
Easy Peel Instant Pot Deviled Eggs are a perfect appetizer. With variations to make bacon deviled eggs, deviled eggs with relish or spicy deviled eggs. 
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Bowl of smoked salmon dip with piece of crostini dipped into it.
This homemade Smoked Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese is so refreshing, creamy, and delicious! It’s made with 8 simple ingredients like fresh herbs, lemon, sour cream, and rich smoked salmon for an irresistible dipping experience.
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Overhead shot of small bowl of tapenade on grey plate with crostini scattered about.
This easy Olive Spread (Olive Tapenade) comes together in just 10 minutes in your food processor or blender. It's amazing as an appetizer for parties, served as part of a charcuterie board, or used as a sandwich spread.
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Easter Side Dishes

CLOSE UP OF ROASTED SWEET POTATOES ON SERVING TRAY WITH SPOON.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a salty, crispy, savory, and slightly sweet side dish you can pair with almost anything! Lightly spiced and so simple, this easy recipe is a total crowd pleaser and a must-have for weeknight dinners.
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Overhead shot of bowl of mashed potatoes topped with a pat of butter, next to bowl of sour cream.
These Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream are the most delicious mashed potatoes you will ever have. They’re light, creamy, buttery and tangy and easy to make with the help of your stand mixer – No hand mashing required!
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Roasted brussel sprouts in bowl drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with cranberries.
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction & Cranberries make a simple and elegant side dish that both kids and adults love!
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Arugula Salad ready to be served.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
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Shaved brussels sprouts salad in large bowl with serving spoon.
This Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Mustard and Parmesan is tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette and makes a delicious, crunchy side dish.
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These are the BEST Glazed Carrots! Lightly sweetened, delicately seasoned & perfectly glazed. They make an amazing side dish that both kids & adults love. | platingsandpairings.com
These are the BEST Glazed Carrots – Lightly sweetened, delicately seasoned, and perfectly glazed. These carrots make an amazing side dish that both kids and adults can’t get enough of!
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COOKED DUCHESS POTATOES ON BAKING SHEET NEXT TO SPATULA.
Duchess Potatoes are a fancy piped potato side dish that must make an appearance at your next dinner party. Rich, creamy, and cheesy with just a subtle crisp, these elegant baked mashed potatoes are unlike anything else!
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Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
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Overhead shot of bowl of mashed cauliflower in grey bowl with swirls of butter.
Mashed Cauliflower is a delicious, low carb & keto friendly side dish. With 5 flavor variations and instructions for making Stovetop Mashed Cauliflower or Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower.
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Spears of asparagus cooked sous vide topped with parmesan shavings.
How to cook perfect asparagus sous vide. Bright green, perfectly cooked spears. With three options for flavoring – garlic, parmesan or lemon.
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Overhead shot of cooked sunchokes in bowl.
Sunchokes are a knobby root vegetable that can be prepared in more ways than you can imagine! In this recipe, you’ll learn how to roast them with olive oil, garlic, and thyme. It’s an easy side dish you can pair with anything.
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Overhead shot of baked goat cheese mashed potatoes in white casserole dish with serving spoon.
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes with garlic take a classic comfort food dish to a new level! Made with tangy goat cheese, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese, these potatoes are perfectly creamy and flavorful every time.
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Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
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Classic Green Bean Casserole. NO CANNED SOUP! The classic recipe we all know and love except made with a homemade creamy mushroom sauce!
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Crispy, perfectly seasoned, and so scrumptious, these Garlic Butter Hasselback Potatoes are going to be your new go to favorite! Your family is going to be so impressed when you set these on the table for dinner!
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Baked in a mixture of equal parts heavy cream and chicken stock, this potato gratin emerges irresistibly crispy on top and creamy underneath.
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Hands holding bowl of mashed sweet potatoes.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Ultra creamy, flavorful and delicious and made with only 3-ingredients! No hand mashing required. Let your stand mixer do all the work for you! 
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Vegan hot cross buns are a plant-based take on these traditional Easter buns, studded with dried fruit, fragrant with spices and citrus. Easy to make and delicious.
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Easter Main Dishes

Choose one of these hearty main courses to be the star of your Easter table.

Glazed ham in roasting dish garnished with orange slices, served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls.
This Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Recipe is simply the best! Made with brown sugar, mustard, pineapple juice, and honey, this glaze makes an addictive and moist ham every time. It will be the star of your Christmas or Easter dinner!
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Herb crusted rack of lamb on grey serving platter with three chops sliced off.
This Rack of Lamb with Herb Crust recipe is juicy, tender and delicious. Cooked in the oven to a perfect medium-rare and encrusted with parmesan cheese & fresh herbs.
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Close up of grilled lamb chops with rosemary.
Marinated Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic is an easy summer grilling recipe you can cook in minutes. Each chop is saturated with rich and earthy flavors thanks to an herbaceous marinade made with simple ingredients.
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Side view of sous vide roast beef sliced and drizzled with creamy mushroom sauce.
Sous Vide Roast Beef is tender, juicy and perfectly cooked every time. It’s a perfect dish for the holidays, especially when it’s served with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce and these easy Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes. 
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Pot roast, potatoes, and carrots in white bowl.
Instant Pot Chuck Roast is hands-down the fastest and easiest version of this classic comfort food! It’s fall-apart tender, moist, and covered in a flavorful red wine gravy. Plus the creamy baby potatoes and tender carrots are made right in the same pot!
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Sous vide prime rib arranged on platter with roasted potatoes and rosemary sprigs.
Sous Vide Prime Rib Roast is tender, juicy and perfectly cooked every time. It’s a perfect dish for the holidays.
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Overhead shot of sliced stuffed pork loin.
Looking for an elegant dinner to serve over the holidays that’s not your traditional turkey or ham? This Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is perfect for the occasion. Plus, it cooks in one baking pan alongside rosemary seasoned potatoes making it extra simple. 
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Hands holding platter of glazed pork loin next to mango cranberry sauce and fresh herbs.
Looking for an elegant dinner to serve over the holidays that’s not your traditional turkey or ham? This Glazed Pork Loin with Mango Cranberry Sauce is perfect for the occasion.
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Rack of lamb sliced into chops and laid out on tray next to fresh herbs.
This easy Grilled Rack of Lamb recipe is perfect for your next BBQ. Rich, smoky grilled lamb that’s so tender & juicy! It’s a delicious, quick and easy dinner that’s sure to impress. 
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Glazed ham in roasting pan studded with cloves.
This Ham Glaze recipe is simply the BEST! Made with brown sugar, mustard, pineapple juice, and honey, this glaze makes an addictive and moist ham every time. It will be the star of your Christmas or Easter dinner!
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Salmon on baking sheet with green beans, potatoes and lemon slices.
This 5 Ingredient Sheet Pan Salmon is the perfect dinner for busy weeknights! This complete seafood dinner cooks in just 30 minutes and the cleanup is easy too! 
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Easter Desserts

The only Carrot Cake Recipe with the richest and creamiest cream cheese frosting you’ll ever want to have!
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This easy lemon yogurt cake recipe is a simple, delicious dessert! It’s moist, tender, and filled with bright citrus flavor.
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Key Lime Pie cake is made with moist key lime cake layers baked on a buttery graham cracker crus with a zesty lime curd and a smooth vanilla bean buttercream!
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This Gluten-Free Simnel Cake is a traditional Easter fruit cake. This deliciously modern version has been lightened up and baked as a beautiful bundt cake.
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This Strawberry Shortcake Cake fills fluffy and moist vanilla cake with sweet, aromatic macerated strawberries and berry hinted buttercream.
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Overhead close up of Lemon Tartlet topped with raspberry.
These Lemon Raspberry Tartlets are the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, with a delicate buttery crust. They're easy to prepare with a no-bake filling. 
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Easter Cocktails (Perfect for Brunch!)

This Blackberry Champagne Cocktail is a festive sparkling cocktail that's perfect for holiday parties. Or, try this blackberry mimosa for brunch! // blackberry bellini
This Blackberry Champagne Cocktail is a festive sparkling cocktail that's perfect for holiday parties. Or, try this blackberry bellini for brunch!
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Hand holding grapefruit spritz.
These Grapefruit Spritz Cocktails are perfect for brunch or sipping on the patio. Prosecco, grapefruit and aperol combine in this bubbly cocktail.
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Strawberry white wine spritzer displayed on pink plate with strawberries scattered about.
This Strawberry White Wine Spritzer recipe combines wine, vodka, fresh strawberries & soda water for a thirst quenching cocktail that’s perfect for summer!
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Two Bees Knees Cocktails in coupe glasses next to honey simple syrup and bowl of lemons.
Gin, lemon juice and honey combine in this delicious Bee’s Knees cocktail. Served straight up in a martini glass. 
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Side view of French 75 cocktail garnished with lemon twist.
This French 75 cocktail recipe is festive, easy to make, and elegant. Plus – Bubbles!!! A sparkling wine cocktail always helps to make your party sparkle!
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Side view of grapefruit cocktails.
These Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails are perfect for a festive brunch or holiday party. The simple vanilla bean & grapefruit syrup can be made ahead of time. To serve, just add sparkling wine.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these Easter dishes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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Glazed ham in roasting pan studded with cloves.

50+ BEST Easter Recipes (for Brunch or Dinner)

Here's an extensive list of the 50+ BEST Easter recipes including appetizers, side dishes, main courses, brunch cocktails, and dessert! Try this Ham Glaze. Made with brown sugar, mustard, pineapple juice, and honey, this glaze makes an addictive and moist ham every time. It will be the star of your Easter dinner!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 15 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place ham cut side down in a shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil to retain moisture.
  • Bake ham at 325 degrees until the center registers 100-110 degrees, (approx. 10-14 minutes per pound).
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all of the Brown Sugar Glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until brown sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Carefully remove foil and brush ham all over with 1/3 glaze.
  • Bake, uncovered, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of around 140 degrees, approximately 20-30 minutes, brushing with additional glaze every 10 minutes.
  • Remove ham from oven and brush again with glaze. Loosely cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes, then brush once more with any remaining glaze and serve.

Notes

Tips: 
  • Bake ham cut side down to make it more moist. 
  • Simmer the glaze only until sugar is melted, then remove from the heat. 
  • For a moist ham, don’t cook past 140°F. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 2254mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

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