15 Gourmet Meals You Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

Think gourmet meals take hours to prepare? Think again. Here are 15 quick and impressive dishes you can whip up in no time.

1. Seared Scallops With Lemon Butter

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Sear scallops in a hot pan with butter until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with a side of steamed asparagus drizzled with olive oil and a pinch of salt.

2. Steak Frites

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Pan-sear a steak to your liking—medium rare is usually about 4 minutes per side for a 1-inch thick steak. Season with salt and pepper, and top with a dollop of herb butter. Serve with crispy fries, which can be cooked in the oven or an air fryer, and a simple green salad.

3. Shrimp Scampi

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Sauté shrimp in a hot pan with garlic, butter, and a splash of white wine. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque, about 5 minutes. Toss with cooked pasta and fresh parsley. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve with garlic bread.

4. Chicken Piccata

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Pan-fry chicken breasts dredged in flour until golden brown. Simmer in a sauce made from lemon juice, capers, and butter for about 10 minutes. Serve over pasta or rice with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a side of sautéed spinach.

5. Caprese Salad

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Layer slices of fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and basil leaves on a platter. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Serve as a light appetizer or side dish.

6. Beef Stir-Fry

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Stir-fry thinly sliced beef in a hot pan with a mix of vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and snap peas. Add a savory sauce made from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and a touch of honey. Serve over steamed rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

7. Lobster Rolls

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Mix cooked lobster meat with mayonnaise, lemon juice, and finely chopped celery. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in a toasted, buttered roll, and garnish with a sprinkle of chives. Pair with a side of kettle-cooked chips and a pickle spear.

8. Veggie Tacos

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Fill soft tortillas with sautéed vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, and zucchini. Add black beans and a sprinkle of cheese. Top with salsa, sliced avocado, and a squeeze of lime. Serve with a side of Mexican rice.

9. Quick Paella

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Cook rice with saffron in a large pan, adding chicken broth for flavor. Add diced chicken, shrimp, and peas, cooking until the shrimp are pink and the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges. Serve with a side of crusty bread.

10. Spinach And Feta Stuffed Chicken

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Stuff chicken breasts with a mixture of spinach, feta cheese, and garlic. Secure with toothpicks and bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with a side salad of mixed greens and a light vinaigrette.

11. Salmon With Dill Sauce

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Pan-sear salmon fillets in a hot pan until crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside, about 4 minutes per side. Top with a creamy dill sauce made from sour cream, fresh dill, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed green beans.

12. Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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Wrap asparagus spears in prosciutto and roast in the oven at 400°F for about 10 minutes, until the asparagus is tender and the prosciutto is crispy. Serve as an appetizer or side dish with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

13. Mediterranean Couscous Salad

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Toss cooked couscous with chopped vegetables such as cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Add crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh herbs like parsley and mint. Dress with a lemon vinaigrette made from lemon juice, olive oil, and a touch of honey. Serve chilled.

14. Ricotta And Spinach Stuffed Shells

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Stuff large pasta shells with a mixture of ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Place in a baking dish and cover with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella. Bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

15. Thai Basil Chicken

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Stir-fry chicken with garlic, chili peppers, and Thai basil leaves in a hot pan. Add a sauce made from soy sauce, fish sauce, and a touch of sugar. Serve over jasmine rice and garnish with extra basil leaves and lime wedges.

Gourmet On The Go

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Who knew gourmet could be so quick? What will you create in your kitchen tonight? Challenge yourself to whip up these impressive meals in record time!

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