78 Best Easter Dinner Ideas

Updated: Apr. 21, 2024

From delicious main dishes to comforting sides, these Easter dinner ideas will help you plan the best-ever holiday meal.

Easter Ham set on the tableTMB Studio

Searching for Easter dinner ideas to plan your Easter menu? Whether you’re having the whole family over for a potluck or plan to keep things small with colorful baskets full of Easter treats and adorable Easter charcuterie boards, there are so many great recipes to choose from.

Start with easy Easter appetizers like deviled eggs or asparagus with a bright sauce. Prep a beautifully glazed ham and pair it with an Easter side dish like comforting scalloped potatoes or Easter salads. Or, switch things up with a beef roast or a platter of stuffed salmon. Finish off the holiday meal with a festive Easter dessert.

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Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Serve the ultimate side for your Easter dinner. These make-ahead mashed potatoes can be prepped up to one day before you plan to serve them. They’re rich, creamy and packed with flavor, thanks to the addition of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions and bacon.

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Easter Ham

An Easter ham is a tradition for many. This recipe starts with a fully cooked ham and is topped with a mixture of brown sugar, orange marmalade and Dijon mustard to create a tangy glaze. It’s super tender and begs to be paired with scalloped potatoes and a medley of veggies.
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Plum-Glazed Lamb

The hint of garlic in this fruity glaze really complements the lamb. The recipe makes enough glaze to baste the lamb during roasting and leaves plenty to pass when serving.
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Best Deviled Eggs

Herbs lend amazing flavor to these deviled eggs, which truly are the best you can make! The recipe includes tasty variations that feature bacon, chipotle peppers and crab.—Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia
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Spring Asparagus

Fresh asparagus is a classic spring vegetable. Showcase its great flavor and texture with this easy recipe combining asparagus and tomatoes tossed with a tangy homemade dressing and served with blue cheese and sliced almonds.
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Sour Cream & Cheddar Biscuits

Pair a delicious, comforting biscuit with your holiday meal. The dough for these fluffy biscuits is made with cheddar cheese and garlic powder. Then, they’re brushed with garlic butter just before heading into the oven.
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Roast Leg of Lamb

Nod to a classic Easter dinner with this impressive recipe. A simple mixture of garlic and herbs is all your need to create a flavorful rub for this leg of lamb. Love the classics? Check out these traditional Easter recipes.
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Flavorful Lemon Chicken

This easy sour cream, garlic and lemon sauce will become a staple in your kitchen. You can serve the juicy chicken over rice or as a standalone dish.
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Sunday Pot Roast

With the help of a slow cooker, you can have Easter dinner ready in a snap. It only take 10 minutes to prep this tender and aromatic roast.
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Ultimate Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are a holiday classic, especially when it comes to Easter. This recipe uses heavy whipping cream, butter and milk for incredibly tender potatoes. The addition of garlic, Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese enhances the flavor tenfold.
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Sirloin Roast with Gravy

For all the meat-and-potatoes kind of people in your life, this recipe is a winner. The peppery, fork-tender roast combined with the rich gravy creates a tasty centerpiece for any meal.
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Mixed Fruit with Lemon-Basil Dressing

A light, fresh fruit salad is a great addition to Easter dinner. Combine fresh berries, pineapple and kiwi to create a colorful base. The basil dressing is the ideal balance of savory and sweet.
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Roasted Asparagus Risotto

This hearty spring-inspired risotto is the ultimate comfort food to bring to the table for Easter dinner. To save time, roast the asparagus and prosciutto in the oven while the rice cooks on the stovetop.
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Fontina Asparagus Tart

Kick off your holiday meal by slicing up this beautiful asparagus tart. It looks absolutely gorgeous but takes only minutes to make. The fresh asparagus pairs perfectly with fontina cheese and a touch of lemon.
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California Roast Lamb

This recipe is very easy to make and requires little attention. It goes well with any rice dish, and it’s perfect for Easter dinner.
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Slow-Cooked Lemon Chicken

Garlic, oregano and lemon juice give spark to this memorable Easter dinner. It’s easy to fix and the slow cooker does all the heavy lifting.
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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Feta

Prepare a fresh, flavorful salad to go with your meal. This recipe features a bed of peppery arugula as the base. Paired with sliced strawberries, slivered almonds, feta cheese and an herbed vinaigrette, it’ll be a crowd-pleaser.
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Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

The presentation of this pork loin is stunning and the impressive herb flavor really shines through. While this recipe is great with garden-fresh herbs, dried work nicely as well. Follow this dried herb conversion chart to know how much to use.
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Buttery Crescent Rolls

Whether you’re serving ham or a beautiful roast, pillowy rolls are the ideal side. Make these buttery crescent rolls from scratch using a handful of easy-to-find ingredients. Serve them with Garlic-Chive Whipped Butter as the perfect complement.
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Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

These melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooker short ribs are an easy alternative to traditionally braised short ribs. You don’t need to pay any attention to them once you get them in the slow cooker.
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Rhubarb Rosemary Flatbread

Celebrate this springtime holiday with a seasonally-inspired meal. Rhubarb shines in spring, and this homemade flatbread makes it the star of the show. Serve this beautiful bread as an appetizer or a side with the rest of your meal.
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Baby Swiss Appetizer Cheesecake

Need Easter dinner ideas for a crowd? Start with a delicious appetizer. This savory cheesecake features a cracker crust with a filling made of Swiss cheese, tomatoes and green onions. Bake it ahead for plenty of chilling time and present it on a platter with your favorite crackers.
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Roasted Chicken

Skip ham this year and opt for chicken instead. This stunning roasted chicken is made with a rub featuring thyme and fresh lemon juice to produce an incredibly juicy, flavorful bird.
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Hawaiian Pork Roast with Pineapple

For a tropical twist on pork roast, look no further than this sweet and tangy recipe. It pairs perfectly with rice or potatoes and any vegetable. You can even serve it with Hawaiian rolls the next day!
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Mushroom Pork Ragout

For a nice change of pace from regular pork roast, this savory slow-cooked pork is served in a rich tomato gravy over noodles. It can work just as well over rice.
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Swiss Potato Puffs

For a soft, pillowy dish, combine mashed potato flakes, butter, flour and eggs to create the perfect base. Add some shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese for incredible flavor in this delicious appetizer or side dish.
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Greek Orzo Chicken

This Greek chicken is topped with crumbly feta cheese. The colorful entree makes a great centerpiece on your Easter table.
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Slow-Cooked Ham with Pineapple Sauce

There’s no need to turn on the oven for this dish. Let your slow cooker handle the ham! A can of crushed pineapple is the secret star of this recipe, resulting in a flavorful ham with a hint of sweetness.
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Berry-Beet Salad

Let the earthy taste of beets shine in this vibrant salad. Red and golden beets pair with sliced strawberries, walnuts and goat cheese, all served on a bed of mixed greens. Dressed up with a simple vinaigrette, it’s an easy, tasty side with stunning impact.
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Parmesan Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Chicken and artichokes are an underrated duo, but this lemony twist might skyrocket it into popularity. This dinner brings a pop of color and brightness to your Easter table.
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Apple Cider-Glazed Ham

The cider glaze is slightly sweet but still has a spicy flavor. It’s great for the holidays and perfectly complements an apple pie.
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Orange-Pistachio Quinoa Salad

Mix up a hearty, vibrant salad to pair with your main dish. Quinoa and romaine lettuce serve as the base for this salad. It’s dressed up with beans, mandarin oranges, cucumbers and red onions and tossed with a citrus vinaigrette to finish it off.
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Herb-Buttered Baby Carrots

Using baby rainbow carrots is the simplest way to make an impressive veggie dish. This recipe uses butter, garlic and a mixture of spices to bring great flavor to colorful, tender carrots.
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Crispy Smashed Herbed Potatoes

Not a mashed potato fan? Choose crispy smashed potatoes instead! Smash cooked red potatoes, brush them with butter and pop them in the oven for golden, crispy results.
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Easy Batter Rolls

Move over, store-bought rolls. These rolls can be made at home and will be on the table in less than two hours. Instead of prepping a dough, this recipe uses a yeasted batter to produce perfectly light, fluffy rolls.
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Pear and Pomegranate Lamb Tagine

Pomegranate, pear and orange go together so well in this Middle Eastern dish. Serve over couscous, polenta or cauliflower mash.
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Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

It’s easy to make a whole chicken in a slow cooker. With a nice herby rub, this chicken can be used for a variety of dishes long after the holidays.
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Mashed Cauliflower au Gratin

For a low-carb side, skip mashed potatoes and use cauliflower instead. This creamy, dreamy dish is jam-packed with flavor thanks to the addition of Parmesan and Colby Jack cheese. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top and pop this casserole in the oven to heat ahead of dinnertime.
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Paska Easter Bread

This traditional Easter bread is nothing short of stunning with a braided top. It’s sweet and rich, made with six eggs and melted butter. This beautiful loaf can be served sliced or cut into wedges on its own or with an herb butter.
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Dijon-Rubbed Pork with Rhubarb Sauce

This tender pork loin roast served with a rhubarb-orange sauce is an excellent choice for company. To ensure even cooking, tie the pork loin with butcher’s twine before roasting.
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Garlic Herbed Beef Tenderloin

You don’t need much seasoning to add flavor to this tender beef roast. The mild blend of rosemary, basil and garlic does the trick.
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Grandma’s Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Prep a batch of homemade dinner rolls ahead of your holiday. Grandma knows best, so this recipe is dotted with rosemary and will be a delicious upgrade from classic rolls.
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Oven-Roasted Carrots

Add a classic to your menu with these oven-roasted carrots. Fresh carrots, onions and garlic are seasoned and roasted with dried thyme to produce a delicious dish.
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Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

Put an Italian spin on classic mashed potatoes with the addition of olive oil, garlic and pancetta. Pancetta adds a delicious salty touch to this easy side dish, but it can be replaced with another type of bacon as well.
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Sunday’s Best Chicken

This old-fashioned chicken recipe relies on the classic combination of rosemary and lemon. Seasoned generously with salt and pepper, the chicken is moist and flavorful.
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Buttery Radish Baguette

Here’s a pretty springtime side dish or appetizer. Sliced baguette serves as the base to showcase thinly sliced radishes for a vibrant hors d’oeuvre.
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Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon

Serve a cold veggie salad instead of a warm side with this broccoli salad. Raw broccoli is tossed with mushrooms, bacon and red onion and dished up with a creamy dressing for a slightly sweet, crunchy salad.
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Party Potatoes

This creamy potato dish starts with a base of mashed potatoes, but it’s dressed up for an Easter party with plenty of other tasty ingredients. The addition of cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder and chives add a touch of tanginess.
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Blue Cheese-Mushroom Stuffed Tenderloin

Filled with a savory stuffing, the sliced tenderloin looks and tastes like it came from an upscale restaurant. French-fried onions on top add an extra crunch.
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Special Occasion Beef Bourguignon

This beef and bacon dish is dressed in a rich red wine sauce that pairs wonderfully with rice or noodles. This labor of love is well worth it.
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Sweet Onion Creamed Corn

Creamed corn is an easy, tasty side dish for any meal. This classic gets a makeover with a recipe featuring sweet onions, red pepper, ham and bacon. It’s the perfect addition to an Easter dinner spread.
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Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

This roasted pork tenderloin tastes like a restaurant dish, but it couldn’t be simpler to make at home. The maple syrup and Dijon mustard glaze packs a punch without overpowering the meal.
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Orange-Glazed Ham

Present this dish as the star of your holiday meal. This recipe uses a fully cooked ham paired with orange marmalade to add incredible flavor. There’s not much prep, so you’ll have time for an Easter egg hunt with the kids.
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Caesar Salad in Peppered Parmesan Bowls

Love a Caesar salad for any meal? Dress it up for the special occasion with this clever recipe. Make impressive little bowls out of cheese and use them as the perfect vessel for your favorite Caesar salad.
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Sweet Pineapple Casserole

Serve this sweet casserole as the perfect pairing for a glazed ham. It’s made with just six ingredients, including canned crushed pineapple as the star of the show. Simply mix, bake and serve!
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Pork Loin with Strawberry-Rhubarb Chutney

For a different Easter main dish, this pork loin is an impressive option. The tender pork is served with a chutney made of rhubarb, strawberries and rosemary for a tasty twist.
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Stuffed Salmon

Choose an unexpected main dish for a beautiful spread. These salmon fillets are stuffed with a tasty mixture of rice, crab, cream cheese and spices to produce incredibly tender results. Pair them with a side of asparagus and your favorite Easter bread.
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Epiphany Ham

For a fun and easy ham glaze, try adding in your favorite soda! This recipe uses black cherry soda and just three other ingredients for a memorable dinner.
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Easter Egg Bread

Prep a sweet bread ahead of time to present with Easter dinner. This soft, rich braided bread is made with colored hard-boiled eggs baked right in to create a festive showstopper.
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Beef Roast Dinner

Prefer beef to ham? Dish up a mouthwatering, tender roast. This easy roast dinner is prepped with plenty of veggies and cooked in a slow cooker. That way, you’ll have more time to spend with family!
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Slow-Cooker Round Steak

The thick mushroom gravy pours beautifully over mashed potatoes, rice and noodles. You can use any type of round meat in this recipe.
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Brown Sugar-Glazed Baby Carrots

Making these glazed carrots in the slow cooker is a great way to free up oven space. Just throw them in six hours ahead of dinner time.
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Sliced Ham with Roasted Vegetables

Need an alternative to a large ham? This recipe is perfect for a smaller crowd. Slices of ham or ham steaks pair with potatoes, carrots and onion in this sheet pan dinner.
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Dress up Brussels sprouts with this salad recipe. Shaved sprouts are tossed with red onion, pecans and a quick vinaigrette for a tangy, tender side dish. For extra flavor, toast the nuts.
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Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Traditional hot cross buns will certainly shine on an Easter brunch menu, but they can also make a debut at dinner. The soft, yeast rolls are made with sugar and a touch of spice, plus raisins, currants and a quick icing.

You can also try your hand at these fantastic Easter cookie recipes!

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Chicken with Garlic-Caper Sauce

This Mediterranean chicken is ready in just 30 minutes and will shine at your table. This easy and classic dish is bursting with flavor and the sauce can go over any savory side.
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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts aren’t just a winter vegetable. This beautiful side dish combines the sprouts with onion and bacon for a delicious mixture. They’re topped with balsamic vinegar for a perfect tangy twist.
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Baked Ham with Pineapple

To dress up your holiday ham, bake and garnish it with sliced pineapple and maraschino cherries. Don’t forget to check out our guide on how to carve a ham before it’s time to eat!
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Lamb Sliders

Hoping to serve lamb? Dish up these lamb sliders as an appetizer, or make larger burgers for a unique main course. The ground lamb burgers are topped with a cool, creamy yogurt sauce.
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Pina Colada Carrot Salad

Transform simple shredded carrots into an Easter-worthy dish with this clever recipe. You need only five ingredients, including yogurt, macadamia nuts and green grapes, to put a tropical spin on an easy side dish.
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

This pineapple ham glaze is straightforward and simple with only five ingredients. It bakes in the oven, which only means that your house will smell like a dream while you wait. Glazed ham can be served hot or cold so you can make it ahead of time!
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Spinach Deviled Eggs

Here’s another spin on a classic recipe for deviled egg lovers! Add chopped spinach and crumbled bacon to a creamy filling for a memorable snack.
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Best-Ever Fried Chicken

When it comes down to it, the best fried chicken recipe simply provides the framework for creating chicken that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Hearty sides like mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese or biscuits round out a filling meal.
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Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom Sauce

Double this recipe for your next Easter dinner. The flavor from this mushroom sauce is earthy and rich.
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Root Beer Glazed Ham

For a holiday ham with a different flavor, use root beer to create a sweet, tangy glaze. You’ll want a bone-in fully cooked spiral-sliced ham for this recipe.
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Peppery Roast Beef

With its spicy coating and creamy horseradish sauce, this tender roast is sure to be the star of any meal. You can slice the cold meat for sandwiches the next day!
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Garden Risotto

Save a seat at the table for this beautiful dish. Creamy and comforting, this homemade risotto features asparagus, spinach and peas for a vibrant spring-inspired side.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu

The addition of bacon in this version of cordon bleu makes it all the more comforting. It’s prepped in just 15 minutes so you can focus on the rest of the day.