30 best Easter dinner ideas
Our guide to the best, most delicious Easter dinner imaginable, including seasonal starters, classic roast lamb, meat-free centrepieces and dazzling desserts
Easter is a time of celebration, and what better way to mark this joyous occasion than with a delicious spread?
Sit down with friends and family to watch the kids get excited over copious amounts of chocolate while you enjoy one of our Easter drink recipes.
We’ve got all you need for an epic Easter dinner, from light and colourful springtime salads and soups to roast lamb, fish or vegan mains, comforting sides and luxurious desserts.
To keep the celebrations going from the start of the day to the end, why not also check out our most indulgent Easter brunch recipes and top Easter lunch ideas? For more general inspiration, browse our collection of Easter recipes. We've also got plenty more entertaining tips for how to host a perfect Easter as well as budget-friendly Easter recipe ideas.
Finally, Easter is as much about activities as it is about food. Keep children entertained with activities such as our Easter egg hunt and try our Easter craft ideas. Or get down to a spot of baking with our Easter baking ideas and best Easter cupcake ideas.
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Easter starter ideas
It’s the perfect starter for an Easter Sunday feast. Make your spring sharing board super-colourful with radishes, halved boiled quail’s eggs, chilli-flecked marinated feta and asparagus. Serve with a quick pea & artichoke dip, plus a sprinkle of pink pepper salt. Discover our how to cook asparagus guide.
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This vibrant green asparagus soup is a fantastic light starter to begin your Easter feast. It takes only 30 minutes to make from start to finish, but is also freezable, so you could simply reheat it for a fuss-free start to the meal. Serve with homemade bread, such as our delicious crusty bread.
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This baked feta with tomatoes, garlic and chilli is a beautiful, low-carb, vegetarian starter. Enjoy it with fluffy pitta bread to scoop up the flavourful juices, or keep it keto-friendly with our keto bread.
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Showcasing the bountiful seasonal produce from spring such as new potatoes, asparagus and peas, this joyful salad will get your Easter meal off on the right footing. Make your own homemade mayo to ensure a stellar starter.
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For something a bit fancy, we recommend Tom Kerridge's elegant seasonal starter. Sourdough toasts are topped with citrussy white crabmeat, shaved asparagus ribbons and rocket salad. Ready in under 15 minutes, this speedy yet sophisticated dish will kick off your Easter menu in style.
Easter dinner mains
It’s everything we love about Easter dinner, in one tray! This one-pan lamb with hasselback potatoes recipe comes flavoured with garlic, rosemary and thyme, and cutting your potatoes the hasselback way guarantees crispy edges.
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Looking for a more affordable alternative to traditional roast lamb? This spring pot chicken pie is bursting with seasonal flavours and makes a crowd-pleasing centrepiece, whilst being friendly on your wallet. The creamy filling combines chicken thigh pieces with smoky bacon lardons, punchy mustard, sweet leeks and fragrant tarragon, all topped with a layer of flaky puff pastry.
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Celebrate spring by coating your roast leg of lamb with a homemade garlic and watercress butter, made salty and rich by adding finely chopped anchovies. We also love the crunchy parmesan and sourdough crumb that coats this Easter-time dish.
A beautiful meat-free showstopper, this cavolo nero, mushroom, potato & fontina strudel is perfect for a fancy occasion. Top filo pastry with an irresistible mix of caramelised onions, cavolo nero, mushrooms and cheesy potatoes, then wrap the whole thing up.
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Prefer fish? Make salmon shine in Tom Kerridge’s showstopping dish. The salmon is cooked in a bay crust along with rich creamed spinach and wild mushrooms, the perfect centrepiece for a slap-up Easter dinner. Plenty of double cream and a glug of white wine makes this recipe just as indulgent as lamb.
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A stunning veggie centrepiece to rival any large join of meat, this impressive roasted stuffed squash is taken to the next level with a zingy pistachio salsa. Bursting with herby flavour and a hint of chilli, it adds freshness, texture and spice to the dish and balances perfectly with the salty feta cheese filling.
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Make the most of your slow cooker this Easter Sunday. Despite taking only 15 minutes to prepare, our slow cooker leg of lamb is deliciously tender and moreish. What’s more, this recipe includes a rich and velvety red wine gravy for pouring at the table.
Make beetroot the star of the show in this vibrant plant-based bourguignon. This sweet, earthy root veg is roasted along with onions, carrots and thyme to bring out their flavour, then combined with lentils and mushrooms in a rich red wine stew. Serve in bowls with crusty bread for dunking, if you like.
Looking for a more affordable alternative to salmon on Good Friday? Mackerel is in season this time of year, making it both a cheaper option and also more sustainable. Serve this spicy, sweet and sticky whole fish for a simple crowdpleasing main, along with mixed green vegetables. This dish is also cooked in one tin, so will save on washing-up.
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Impress your guests with this showstopping stuffed pork loin, complete with juicy meat and crispy crackling. As well as giving the meat a beautiful smoky flavour, the herby chorizo stuffing helps to keep it succulent during cooking. Serve on a bed of braised butter beans along with roast veg and thyme.
Fish pie has become a firm family favourite as it’s both rich and comforting. Enhance it even further with the addition of king prawns to the filling, plus parmesan and cheddar cheese to the mash. Everyone’s going to want seconds!
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Looking for an impressive Easter lamb dish but can't justify the price of a premium cut this year? Slowly braised lamb breast will help keep costs down while still delivering a sense of occasion. This French-inspired classic combines lamb breast with beans in a hearty one-pot. We’ve used traditional flageolet beans for this recipe, but canned cannellini or haricot would work just as well, too.
Carrots take on a beautiful caramelised flavour when roasted which balances perfectly with salty whipped feta and citrussy pesto. This budget-friendly veggie main can easily be adapted. If you don’t have walnuts, you can use any nuts you have at home. We’ve also used the carrot tops in the pesto to reduce our food waste. If you aren’t using carrots with tops, swap the tops for parsley or use up any leftover pesto you have in the fridge
19. Greek roast lamb
Serving eight people, this Greek roast lamb is perfect for entertaining a large crowd at Easter. With only 15 minutes of preparation time, there’ll be no slaving away in a hot kitchen.
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Forage for seasonal wild garlic to make these incredible baked new potatoes. They’re a healthy vegetarian side that can serve up to six people. You can also replace the wild garlic with watercress if you’d prefer.
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This next-level cauliflower cheese makes a rich and indulgent side dish. The parmesan, cheddar and spices in its sauce pair fantastically with the crunch and sweetness of the crispy onion and breadcrumb topping.
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Make our decadent dauphinoise potatoes for a mouth-watering side dish. Slow-cook slices of potatoes with cream, garlic and cheese, and watch as it bubbles and oozes. Follow along with our helpful video tutorial, perfect for absolute beginners and seasoned pros alike.
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Bespeckled with golden chocolate eggs, this eye-catching baked chocolate tart makes a fantastic, showstopping end to any meal despite being incredibly simple to make. Enjoy with a dollop of crème fraîche, or for extra indulgence, why not pair it with our ultimate vanilla ice cream?
This chocca mocca caramel cake is beautifully light and spongy with pockets of delicious melted chocolate caramel. Decorate with a handful of your favourite miniature easter eggs or broken pieces of full-sized eggs.
For a break from the Easter chocolate overload, serve a seasonal rhubarb fool. Forced rhubarb makes a pretty-in-pink dessert while the homemade pistachio cardamom biscuits give it a touch of elegance. Now try more recipes with rhubarb.
If you love bread and butter pudding, you’ll love this twist on the classic dish which uses hot cross buns instead. This is a great dessert to make with leftover buns or freshly baked buns – try our simple hot cross buns recipe. Or, go even more decadent, and check out our chocolate hot cross bun bread & butter pudding.
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Need a simple but impressive dessert to round off your Easter dinner party? This easy no-bake cheesecake takes just 20 minutes to prep and is sure to please kids and adults alike. Add chopped-up chocolate mini eggs or leftover Easter eggs into the plain vanilla cheesecake mixture and decorate on top with all your favourite Easter chocolate for a colourful and moreish showstopper.
Find more sweet treats to round off your feast in our Easter dessert ideas guide.
28. Mini egg martini
Satisfy a nostalgic chocolate craving and enjoy this creamy Easter cocktail with moreish mini chocolate eggs and a splash of Irish cream.
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29. Rhubarb gin
Use seasonal rhubarb to make this G&T with a difference! Top the finished gin with soda water for a refreshing and gloriously pink springtime drink.
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30. Easy iced tea
Make a jug of refreshing iced tea to rehydrate kids after a day spent running around hunting for Easter eggs. With a subtle tea flavour, oranges, lemons and mint, it’s also an excellent alcohol-free party drink, so adults will enjoy it too.
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