Top 20 fakeaway ideas
Try a homemade version of your favourite takeaway – from comforting curries to speedy stir-fries, these dishes are perfect for a family night in or for kicking off the weekend in style.
Looking for Friday night dinner ideas? We've got sharing food for every mood, taste and cuisine craving. The Friday night takeaway signals the start of the weekend. Good Food has the perfect family favourite recipes for when you're ready for some serious comfort food with minimal fuss.
For a burst of flavour, with both spicy and mild dishes, follow our Indian fakeaway recipes collection. Another typical tasty takeaway is Chinese and we have the perfect Chinese fakeaway recipes at your fingerprints, with classic sweet and sour flavours, salt and pepper chicken and a cracking chow mein. Other homemade possibilities include crispy and succulent fried chicken, a delicious range of chicken curry recipes and vegan takeaway recipes, which includes meat-and dairy-free versions of our favourites from international cuisine.
Looking for more fabulous fakeaways? We've got a wide selection of homemade takeaway recipes to try, as well as healthy takeaways recipes for a lighter bite. Or, tempt your sweet tooth our our decadent fakeaway desserts, from gooey cookie dough to fully-loaded waffles and frothy freakshakes.
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This healthy version of a creamy chicken curry can be marinated the night before to get ahead of the prep work. Serve up this wonder-curry with fluffy naan breads, basmati rice, mango chutney or pickles and wedges of lime. Why not serve up our chunky aubergine pickle on the side and even top up your meal with our simple mango chutney naan breads.
No Friday would be complete without a seriously cheesy pizza. Go the extra mile and create this mozzarella masterpiece at home, complete with oozy, chunky filled crust. For more oozy cheese action, check out these calzone recipes, or check out our wide range of popular pizza recipes.
In search for something lighter? Try our spinach-stuffed crust pizzas, which pack in plenty of veg into the dough whilst still tasting like a proper treat.
You can't beat a classic. Try making your own fried fish at home with this crispy golden batter and moreish chips. Pair with chunky, golden brown oven-baked chips for a healthier alternative. Looking for something different? Try our onion bhaji fish and chips for an Indian-inspired twist on this classic takeaway. For the ultimate dipping sides, whip up a quick tartare sauce or try our rich and creamy chip shop curry sauce.
Coating thin strips of chicken in cornflour creates a wonderfully crisp exterior when fried. Soy, sweet chilli, garlic paste and sesame oil provide the perfect balance of sweet, umami and gentle spice. Serve with some steamed white rice.
Now try our air-fryer crispy chilli beef.
Take your tastebuds on a trip to the Med with this gently charred chicken gyros, best cooked on the barbecue and stuffed into homemade warm fluffy pittas. Complete this crowd-pleasing sharing spread with crispy thyme & oregano chips, tomatoes, onions and a dollop of cooling tzatziki.
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Why not go for a low-fat, low-calorie stir-fry takeaway? It'll be on the table in 20 minutes and is packed with spices and flavour. Sprinkle over coriander and watch it fly off the plates. Try our healthier version of Singapore noodles with prawns. Expand your spread by adding pineapple, beef & ginger stir-fry or tofu, greens & cashew stir-fry.
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Got a craving for rich, warmly spiced curry sauce and golden brown crispy chicken? One sniff of our Japanese-inspired next level chicken katsu curry is sure to whet your appetite. Serve with crunchy veg ribbons, fluffy rice and lashings of our aromatic, creamy coconut sauce. Get more colourful curry inspiration with our favourite katsu curry recipes and take a look at more Japanese recipes.
8. Simple sushi
Sushi is fast becoming a takeaway favourite, and we've got the perfect recipe for recreating this light and satisfying Japanese-style dish in the comfort of your own kitchen. Our simple version is fun to make together with the kids - first make the sticky rice base, then pair with an assortment of your favourite fillings and toppings. We've gone for cucumber strips, smoked salmon, white crabmeat, canned tuna, red pepper, avocado, spring onion and a wrapping of nori seaweed. If you're using salmon, it will need to be sushi-grade.
Get more inspiration with our selection of sushi recipes, from maki rolls and sushi bowls to sushi burritos.
Celebrity MasterChef winner Riyadh Khalaf shares the dish that transports him back to home – lamb mince meatballs with soft, roasted aubergine slices. Serve with hummus, fattoush salad, flatbreads and tzatziki.
This classic takeaway dish can easily be achieved at home with tamarind paste, star anise, red pepper, pineapple and rice wine vinegar. Our recipe incorporates red chillies for some added heat. Try more easy chicken recipes.
Try finding a better homemade double cheeseburger! With the accompaniment of our special secret sauce, this impressive stacked burger is simply irresistible and so adaptable to your tastes. For more inspiration, browse our collection of juicy cheeseburger recipes and burger recipes, including chicken, beef, veggie and vegan options.
Ready in 40 minutes, these air-fryer popcorn cauliflower bites could be faster than waiting for your takeaway to arrive. Using the air-fryer also helps to cut down on oil and gives the perfect crispiness. The easy homemade soured cream and chive dip is just waiting to be dunked into.
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Sure to be a winner for the entire family, this sweet and spicy plant-based noodle dish is light, fresh and a quick tasty fakeaway! Serve with rice noodles or rice to calm the spicy kick. We have a number of vegan stir-fry recipes and vegan fakeaway recipes on offer to tantalise taste buds.
Who needs a takeaway when you can whip up this classic in less than 30 minutes at home? Chicken thigh pieces are coated in a punchy seasoning mix of salt, pepper, Chinese five-spice and cornflour, then shaken in a sandwich bag for even distribution. Stir-fry this until crispy then combine with Asian greens in a honey soy sauce for a flavour-packed meal. Enjoy served with a side of steamed rice or noodles.
The trick to getting this takeaway classic just right is using day-old leftover rice, or if you don't have any to hand, allow it to dry on a plate beforehand – this prevents it from sticking to the wok. Feeling inspired? Try more egg fried rice recipes.
Homemade roti may sound like a lot of trouble, but it takes just 10 minutes to make and can be done while your tofu curry gently simmers away. You won't regret it when you're mopping up the rich tomato and coconut sauce.
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Everyone's favourite takeaway chicken can easily be recreated, plus it's budget-friendly and healthy too. Choose your spice level of mild, medium or hot for the marinade, there's no judgement when you're at home! Next try our whole spatchcock piri piri chicken.
18. Birria tacos
This recipe may take a little more time - most of which is hands-off - but it's more than worth the effort. You'll be rewarded with beautifully tender beef ready for loading into soft corn tortillas and topping with spicy salsa and a squeeze of lime juice.
There's something so moreish about sesame prawn toasts that makes them irresistible, and our air fryer version makes them incredible easy. You can even make the uncooked toasts up to three months ahead and freeze them, so you're ready for when that craving hits.
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20. Pad thai
You can't beat a Pad Thai when it comes to a takeaway. This speedy stir-fry comes together in just 15 minutes so you don't even have to wait until Friday or Saturday night to enjoy it! Now try our chicken pad thai.
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