One-pan lamb with hasselback potatoes served on a wooden platter

Best Easter dinner ideas

Our guide to the best, most delicious Easter dinner imaginable. Including plenty of lamb ideas, a showstopping salmon roast, one of our favourite veggie centrepieces and desserts.

We’ve got all you need for an epic Easter dinner, from a light-and-colourful springtime starter to three ways with lamb, a Tom Kerridge salmon showstopper, a cheese-laced filo pastry strudel for vegetarians, and two enticing desserts to choose from (will you go chocolate or simnel?).

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Next, check out our best Easter cupcake ideas, more ways with roast lamb, top 10 Easter bread recipes and how to host a perfect Easter.

1. Spring sharing board

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.

2. One-pan lamb with hasselback potatoes

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.

3. Roast leg of lamb with garlic & watercress butter

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.

4. Slow cooker leg of lamb

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.

5. Bay-crumbed salmon with creamed spinach and wild mushrooms

Prefer fish? Make salmon shine in Tom Kerridge’s bay-crumbed salmon with 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.

6. Cavolo nero, mushroom, potato & fontina strudel

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.

7. Crispiest ever roast potatoes

Treat yourself to a side of the crispiest ever roast potatoes, ideal with lamb, fish and veggie mains. The key to crispy edges is to work with very hot fat (both rapeseed oil and butter) – so make sure you take care! Lemon thyme, garlic and sea salt are all you need for flavour.

8. No-peel braised carrots

A must-have colourful side to any Easter Sunday dinner, these no-peel braised carrots save so much time by omitting peeling and chopping. Braise baby-topped carrots in butter, sugar, fennel seeds and vegetable stock for a pretty side to your Easter feast.

9. Triple chocolate & peanut butter layer cake

It’s got to be chocolate, at this time of year! Go all out with our showstopping triple chocolate & peanut butter layer cake – a triumph of chocolate sponge, peanut butter frosting, ganache drip, pretzel bark and chocolate eggs.

10. Easter simnel cake

An absolute classic, this golden Easter simnel cake is perfect if you love marzipan. The cake is packed with dried fruit, citrus zest, spices and ground almonds, and it comes topped with a thick layer of marzipan (plus scorched marzipan balls for decoration).

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