25 Easter Dinner Recipes (Mains, Sides, and Desserts)

Easter meal ideas

Easter is just around the corner and although you might not be having a huge gathering this year, you probably still want to cook up a nice Easter dinner. Lucky for you we have some simple, quick, and delicious dishes, so you can have an amazing dinner for cheap!

Here is a list of our 25 favorite Easter recipes! We’ve included mains, sides, appetizers, and desserts so you can figure out your whole Easter dinner menu in one spot. We have tried every recipe on this list (some NUMEROUS times) and we cannot wait to share them with you!

Easy Easter Dinner Ideas, Side Dishes, and Appetizers

1. Juicy Sweet Brown Sugar Baked Ham

Sweet baked ham

There is a lot to love about this ham recipe. It’s easy, pretty hands-off, the meat is moist and tender, and the flavor of the brown sugar and mustard is amazing.

Another great thing is that you can make it ahead of time if you’d like, and then pop it in the oven before dinner time. This can make the Easter dinner rush a lot less stressful!

PS: If you prefer a brown sugar honey ham, try this easy brown sugar honey glazed ham recipe. It’s another perfect Easter ham!

2. Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Whole chicken with lemon and herbs

Speaking of easy, it doesn’t get much easier than this! A whole chicken cooked in the instant pot is a nutritious and filling meal for all, it’s super quick to make, easy to stuff, and the meat is tender and juicy.

This particular recipe has the chicken seasoned with a fantastic lemon pepper herb dry rub.

3. Smoked Turkey

Whole smoked turkey

Smoked turkey takes some time, but the end result is definitely worth it. We walk you through each step as well, so don’t worry if it’s your first time!

4. Instant Pot Roast

Roast beef, potatoes and carrots

Ok, here’s another easy recipe that your family will love. It’s all done in one pot so the cleanup is super fast and all of the flavors go together perfectly.

5. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie may not be your traditional go-to Easter dinner recipe, but if you’re looking for something simple and satisfying, why not? You can use whichever type of meat you’d like for this (lamb, beef, chicken, etc.) and then add potatoes and veggies for a full meal!

6. Perfect Roasted Melting Potatoes

Plate of roasted potatoes

If you’re going with a chicken, turkey, lamb, or ham, you’ve got to have some potatoes on the side! And you can’t go wrong with these roasted potatoes. They’re buttery, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

7. Funeral Potatoes

Special potatoes served alongside broccoli

This isn’t the most healthy potato dish around, but boy is it tasty. These potatoes are cheesy, crispy, and oh so good. And hey, there’s really no better time than the holidays to have a special dish like this!

8. Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Baked potato with sour cream, green onion, cheese, and bacon

Ok, if you’re going for healthy and simple, these air fryer baked potatoes are perfect. They’re probably the best baked potatoes you’ll ever try. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  

PS: Check out our Air Fryer Buying Guide if you’re interested in getting one for yourself.

9. Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes with gravy

Can you tell how much we like potatoes? I know a lot of people prefer a simple mashed potato dish, so here you go. These buttermilk mashed potatoes are easy to make in the slow cooker, and they’re perfectly creamy and flavorful.

10. Lemon Herb Potato Salad

Bowl of lemon herb potato salad

Don’t worry, this is the last potato dish! This red potato salad is definitely one of my favorites. It’s simple to make, quite healthy, and super flavorful with a lemon and herb dressing.

11. Grilled Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Lemon asparagus with parmesan

For a simple side dish, you can’t go wrong with grilled lemon garlic asparagus. The bit of parmesan on top adds a great touch, and this dish can be paired with almost anything.

PS: If you like this recipe, you might also like our roasted asparagus recipe.

12. Garlic Buttered Broccoli

If you don’t like asparagus, here’s another green veggie that you can try instead! This is a steamed broccoli recipe with a garlic butter sauce, and an optional touch of chopped cashews. Very tasty and healthy.

13. Slow Cooker Honey-Glazed Carrots

These slow cooker carrots are great because they’re quick to prep, and then they just need to spend some time in the slow cooker. Carrots are a great Easter-themed dish as well.

PS: You can also try these tasty grilled orange-glazed carrots.

14. Deviled Eggs

Can’t forget the deviled eggs for Easter! These can work as a side dish or appetizer, and this particular recipe is healthier than most deviled eggs recipes!

15. Avocado Deviled Eggs

If you’d like to throw an even bigger twist on your deviled eggs this year, try this avocado version! It’s still healthy and the avocado adds some new flavor to this classic Easter dish.

PS: Want perfect hard-boiled eggs every time? Try this instant pot hard-boiled eggs recipe.

16. Green Salad

Every holiday dinner needs a salad and this is a great, simple choice. It’s refreshing, has a homemade zesty Italian dressing, and it’s filled with delicious and healthy ingredients.

17. Pea Salad

If you prefer a side salad that’s a bit more filling, this pea salad is a great choice. It’s packed with cauliflower, broccoli, celery, bacon, and peas, and the dressing is simple yet delicious.

18. Walk-Away Bunny Biscuits

Two bunny biscuits

Another holiday dinner staple? Buns and biscuits! One of our favorite Easter dinner recipes to satisfy this area are these walk-away bunny biscuits. They go great with any meal, and they look like little bunnies!

19. One-Hour Dinner Rolls

If you’re looking for something simpler than the bunny biscuits above, these one-hour dinner rolls are a great choice. They’re some of the quickest dinner rolls ever, they look amazing, and they taste amazing too.

20. Raspberry Brie Bites

These honestly look like a dessert at first glance but they’re actually a low-carb appetizer! And although they look a bit complex, they’re quite easy to make, and always a huge hit.

Looking for Desserts?

Of course you are! No Easter dinner is complete without a delicious dessert to finish things off.

Below are a few hand-picked favorites, but you can check out our entire post of fun Easter treats for more tasty ideas 🙂

21. Carrot Cake Roll

This dessert recipe is picture-perfect for Easter. And it’s simpler to make than you may think! Still, your family will surely be impressed when you bring it out to the table and tell them you made it yourself. It’s gorgeous.

22. Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles

I like to include one main dessert and a few treats alongside it for holiday dinners, and these cookie dough egg truffles are perfect for Easter. They’re completely safe to eat, and they look great! Plus, the kids can help you decorate them 🙂

23. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

Another great side treat are these Reese’s peanut butter eggs. They taste just like real Reese’s peanut butter cups!

24. Carrot Cake Cheesecake

It’s hard not to love cheesecake, but a lot of people NEED their carrot cake on Easter. Well, now you can have the best of both worlds…and let me tell you, it’s super yummy.

25. The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford

Last but not least, this may not be Easter themed but it’s a holiday dessert that is sure to knock your socks off! It’s four layers of goodness, with a delicious crust, cream cheese, chocolate pudding, and cool whip.

PS: Remember to check out our other Easter Treat Recipes for more ideas!

Easter Dinner Decorations

Want to really go all out for Easter dinner this year? Try these fun table decorations:

Table Runner

For a simple table decoration, this table runner is great! It will definitely be a conversation starter and you can easily reuse it each year.

Find more table runners on Amazon.

Table Cloth

Although you can lay a table runner on a bare table, a table cloth adds extra protection and the opportunity for more Easter themed decorations! This Easter tablecloth looks really nice, can be used indoors or outdoors, and it’s spillproof!

Find more Easter tablecloths on Amazon.

Easter Plates

This is a pretty awesome set of disposable plastic dishes, plates, and utensils. They come golden rimmed with mint, rose gold, white, or pink.

These would be great for an outdoor Easter dinner as you won’t have to worry about them breaking, but they’re perfect for an indoor dinner as well! These are sure to get compliments by your guests too 🙂

Easter Napkins

These spring themed plaid cloth napkins will add a nice subtle touch to your dinner table. And they’re reusable!

Centerpiece

Last but not least, you’ve got to have a cute centerpiece on your table! This one from Amazon is adorable, hand-painted, and perfect for spring and Easter.

Want more ideas?

There’s an endless number of Easter dinner decorations on Amazon. Check them out for yourself right here!

Easter dinner recipes

Final Thoughts

With all the Easter dinner recipes and dessert ideas above, you should have no problem putting on a fabulous Easter dinner! And on top of that, it shouldn’t even take you too much effort or stress! The recipes above are all kept as simple as possible 🙂

What is your favorite Easter Dinner Recipe? Comment below and let us know!

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Easter dinner menu ideas

Meal Type: Recipe Roundup, Easter
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Meat and Poultry

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