30-Minute Christmas Dinner Recipes

Make your holiday meal quick and easy with these main dishes, sides, appetizers, desserts and more Christmas dinner recipes—each ready in 30 minutes or less!

Quick Christmas Appetizers

Cranberry Chili Meatballs Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Using packaged meatballs helps save time in the kitchen and they are just as tasty as homemade. The sauce is tangy yet sweet, and the festive color is perfect for any holiday party.
—Amy Scamerhorn, Indianapolis, Indiana

White Chocolate Party Mix Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

You won't be able to stop eating this irresistible mix. The light, sweet coating is great over cereal, peanuts, pretzels and M&M's.
—Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

Brie Cherry Pastry Cups Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

These yummy little appetizers almost taste like dessert. They are always a big hit at parties.
—Marilyn McSween, Mentor, Ohio

Party Shrimp Recipe >

Total Time: 25 Minutes

This is such a flavorful appetizer, you won't need a dipping sauce. Even those who claim they don't like shellfish rave about these shrimp. It's such an easy recipe, and I enjoy serving it at parties.
—Kendra Doss, Kansas City, Missouri

Quick Christmas Main Dishes

Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin Recipe >

Total Time: 20 Minutes

The marinade for this grilled pork tenderloin is laden with lots of wonderful flavors, like cinnamon, honey and garlic. It turns out perfectly every time and always impresses.
—Cathleen Bushman, Geneva, Illinois

Herb Chicken with Honey Butter Recipe >

Total Time: 25 Minutes

When the whole gang could use a heartwarming meal, this one fills the bill! You'll love how the honey's sweetness mixes perfectly with the herb's salty flavor. It's a wonderful combination!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Garlic-Ginger Turkey Tenderloins Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

This good-for-you entree has a ginger-and-brown sugar soy sauce that spices up the turkey tenderloins as they bake.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Quick Christmas Side Dishes

Christmas Vegetable Salad Recipe >

Total Time: 15 Minutes

I make this colorful, crisp salad for holiday get-togethers, dinner parties and potlucks. The festive salad travels well and holds up beautifully on the buffet table, so it's ideal for making ahead.
—Mary Dean, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Christmas Rice Recipe >

Total Time: 20 Minutes

With chopped red and green peppers, this dish is both fresh-tasting and festive-looking. It's the perfect light side dish for a big holiday meal.
—Chere Bell, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Classic American mashed potatoes takes a turn to Italy with the flavors of olive oil, garlic, and pancetta.
—Bryan Kennedy, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Quick Christmas Salads

Mixed Greens with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe >

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Every forkful of this spectacular salad has a crunch from walnuts, a burst of flavor from pomegranate seeds and a smooth finish from the simple vinaigrette.
—Ray Uyeda, Mountain View, California

Citrus Scallop Salad Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

With scallops, pears and citrus fruits, this deliciously different salad is an outstanding first course. It also makes a great luncheon salad.
—Sarah Geary, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cranberry Broccoli Salad Recipe >

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Since our home state is a top producer of cranberries, I've nicknamed this tasty recipe "Wisconsin Salad." It features sweetened dried cranberries, which our family produces from the fresh crop we harvest every fall.
—Cheryl Urban, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Quick Christmas Desserts

Elegant Eggnog Dessert Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

This impressive dessert has become so popular that I have to make three every year—one for my husband to take to work, one for our family on Christmas Eve and one for his family Christmas Day!
—Lisa Scanio, Tampa, Florida

Chocolate Mint Delight Recipe >

Total Time: 15 Minutes

This special dessert fulfills all of my cravings for chocolate, plus with the mint makes it extra refreshing.
—Jean Ann Perkins, Newburyport, Maryland

Coconut Cranberry Shortcakes Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Our twist on strawberry shortcake features a tender coconut-flavored cake and a slightly tart cranberry sauce. It's a lovely dessert for the Christmas season.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Coconut Chiffon Pie Recipe >

Total Time: 30 Minutes

My mother-in-law gave this recipe to me the first year I was married. It's a holiday must at my husband's family Christmas dinners. We call it White Christmas Chiffon and garnish it with coconut.
—Kristine Fry, Fennimore, Wisconsin