Best Easter Recipe Ideas

Easter Breads, Easter Dinner, Easter Desserts

March 27, 2020
Easter Dinner Table Setting
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Here at the Almanac, cooking and baking is a source of comfort and calm. This year, our Easter recipes are a little simpler but just as delicious. We’ll also have time to bake a festive Easter bread! See our list of Easter dinner ideas as well as egg-cellent Easter brunch ideas!

Easter 2020 is celebrated on Sunday, April 12. See our “When is Easter” page to learn how the date is determined!

We realize that it may be a difficult Easter for a lot of folks this year. From all of us here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we hope you are able to get together with your loved ones (if only virtually) and enjoy the holiday despite this trying time.

Let the recipes below provide inspiration. Think spring—yellows, bright orange, light green, and pretty pinks!

2 Easter Appetizers

Start the meal off right with these tasty apps! 

Classic Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a quick and easy appetizer that anyone can make—it’s as simple as boiling water! Plus, these savory treats are packed with protein and flavor.

Deviled Eggs
Photo by Elena Shashkina/Shutterstock

Roasted Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

This prosciutto-asparagus recipe is always a hit. If you do have any left over, serve it chilled. 

Asparagus wrapped inb proscuitto

Photo by Ekaterina Smirnova/Shutterstock

2 Easter Soups

A spring soup ought to be refreshing and use the vegetables of the season, like peas and asparagus.

Cream of Green Pea Soup

Even when made with frozen peas, this soup has fresh-from-the-garden flavor. Of course, fresh peas will also work nicely, if you’re lucky enough to have some.

Gren pea soup

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Red Radish Soup

Unpeeled red radishes are cooked and then puréed to create a creamy soup with a delicate pink blush. 

Red radish soup

Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

2 Easter Salads

In our opinion, a good salad has a balance of different textures and flavors. These three recipes were designed with that in mind!

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

Not your usual spinach salad, but a winning combination of strawberries and spinach tossed with a crunchy sweet-sour poppy-seed dressing.

Spinach and strawberry salad

Photo by Oleksandra Naumenko/Shutterstock

Pea, Lemon, and Asparagus Salad Starter 

A refreshing and nutritious salad of spring vegetables that will impress your guests time and again.

Lemon asparagus salad

Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Breinn

2 Easter Main Dishes

Nanna’s Baked Ham

This is a wonderful baked ham recipe with a glaze which adds flavor and shine. It’s just like the ham our families made for the holidays—moist with a sweet and spicy taste. 
(Cloves are optional but add flavor and a festive look!)


Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Scallops (Also Vegetarian Option)

Packed with scallops and asparagus, this risotto makes the perfect spring meal guaranteed to impress without spending hours in the kitchen. If you don’t eat scallops or simply looking for earthy flavors, simply substitute the scallops with mushrooms.


5 Easter Side Dish Options

Carrot Puff

Carrot puff or souffle

“Light” Green Bean Casserole


Scalloped Potatoes (Great with ham!)


Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Oranges


Roasted Spring Vegetables (Parsnips and Carrots)


3 Easter Breads

Hot Cross Buns (a Good Friday tradition)


Italian Easter Bread (a sweet bread)


Lambropsomo (Greek Easter Bread)

Lambropsomo | Photo Credit: Pasta/Shutterstock

4 Easter Dessert Options

The only thing better than Easter dinner is the dessert that comes after it! Here are a few of our favorite Easter dessert recipes.

Best-Ever Carrot Cake

Best Ever Carrot Cake for Easter Dessert

Best-Ever Coconut Cream Pie


Lemon Meringue Pie


Carrot Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting


5 Easter Brunch Recipes

Eggs are a symbol of fertility and spring renewal across many cultures. Here are a few egg-cellent Easter brunch ideas.

Asparagus Frittata

Asparagus frittata
Asparagus Frittata | Photo Credit: zi3000/Shutterstock

Lemon Souffle Pancakes


Broccoli and Cheddar Strata


Glazed Lemon-Coconut Loaf


Stuffed French Toast

This stuffed French toast makes a hearty breakfast with protein and fruit filling! Mix it up for a special morning!



Dyeing Easter Eggs

To make easy (and edible) Easter decorations, consider dyeing eggs with ingredients from the pantry!

Dyed eggs

If you make any of these Easter recipes, let us know how they turn out! Happy Easter!


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Carrot Puff

I am so thrilled to get this carrot recipe. I haven't baked it yet but will be trying it soon. Thank you!