Best Easter Dinner Ideas

The Best Easter Dinner Ideas — all of the classics and a few more favorites! Whether you’re celebrating on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or both, make it a memorable meal with spiral ham, potatoes, turkey, veggies and all the fixings!

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Ready or not, Easter is coming! We’d better hop to it.

Whether you’re celebrating on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or both this year, a memorable meal is the goal. In-laws are coming, after all. In between all the egg hunts and festivities, my aim is to get dinner sorted ASAP!

Which is why today I’m sharing a list of easy Easter dinner ideas. I’m talking about timeless recipes, from traditional Easter mains to delicious side dishes. These recipes are easy, they’re tasty, and they’re best shared with family. You’re going to love ‘em!

What is Included in a Traditional Easter Dinner?

Of course, Easter dinner can be as formal or as casual as it suits you to be. Some prefer a sit-down feast, others celebrate with Easter brunch, and others might even gather with their families potluck-style. 

In general, however, a traditional Easter meal has a few key dishes that are classic to the holiday:

  • A roast or cooked protein, often ham or lamb
  • Side dishes like spring vegetables and traditional hot cross buns
  • Fresh salads with seasonal ingredients
  • And last but not least, unforgettable desserts

To help out with some inspiration, I’ve included a little bit of everything in my favorite Easter dinner recipes below! 

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Easter Dinner: Main Dishes

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Baked Honey Glazed Ham
This Baked Honey Glazed Ham is coated in a sweet ham glaze, wrapped and baked until warmed through and full of flavor! The easiest way to get tender, juicy baked ham!
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Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham
This Slow Cooker Honey Glaze Ham is the perfect main course for a holiday dinner! Made with aromatic seasonings, sweet honey, and a secret ingredient, this juicy ham is irresistibly good!
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Crockpot Turkey Breast
This easy Crockpot Turkey Breast is juicy and tender with almost no prep time! It's perfect for a smaller holiday gathering or a weeknight meal with leftovers!
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Spiral Ham with Apple Cider Glaze
This Easy Spiral Ham with Apple Cider Glaze is the perfect holiday dinner table centerpiece! It's so easy to prepare and results in tender, juicy, sweet, and salty ham.
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Instant Pot Turkey Breast
This Instant Pot Turkey Breast recipe is the best method for moist, tender, and flavorful turkey! Just 10 minutes to prep, 40 minutes in the instant pot, and you've got perfectly cooked turkey ready to go!
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Instant Pot Pot Roast (with the BEST gravy!)
This Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe is an easy, comforting dinner that comes together so quickly in the pressure cooker! With tender veggies (not mushy!), a fall apart tender roast and seasoned gravy. With step by step VIDEO 
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Garlic Brown Sugar Dry Brine Turkey recipe
This Garlic Brown Sugar Dry Brine Turkey is perfectly golden and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! The best roast turkey you'll ever have!
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Instant Pot Ham
This Instant Pot Ham is SO juicy and couldn’t be easier! Much faster than the oven, and drizzled with a simple, sweet pineapple glaze. 
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Easy Pot Roast Recipe (with the BEST gravy!)
This easy oven Pot Roast recipe makes a truly delicious dinner centerpiece, perfect for the whole family for Sunday dinners or special occasions! With juicy beef seasoned in a homemade spice rub, it's cooked with potatoes and carrots until tender in a flavorful gravy made from scratch – it's the perfect pot roast!
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Perfect Roast Chicken
How to make the perfect Roast Chicken, with a simple seasoning, golden crispy skin, and tender juicy chicken!
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Instant Pot Lamb Shanks Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Tender, fall off the bone Instant Pot lamb shanks braised in a deeply flavored red wine gravy. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy.
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Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Meatballs
Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Meatballs are smothered with the most amazing sweet and tangy sauce! Frozen meatballs are slowly cooked to perfection in that sauce with pineapple chunks and bell peppers.
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Easter Dinner Ideas: Side Dishes

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Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe
This Homemade Dinner Rolls recipe is easy and makes the most delicious, soft, and fluffy dinner rolls you've ever tasted! They're perfect for sunday dinner or special occasions, but they're easy enough that you can enjoy them during the week too.
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Hashbrown Casserole
This Hashbrown Casserole is a classic side dish that takes 10 minute to prep! Tender potatoes are baked in a rich and creamy sauce, topped with melty cheddar cheese, and finished off with a buttery, crunchy Corn Flake topping.
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Broccoli Casserole
This Broccoli Casserole is the perfect comforting side dish. Tender broccoli is tossed in a creamy cheese sauce, topped with crushed cheese crackers, and baked until melty and crispy.
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Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Loaded Mashed Potatoes are made with yummy butter, smooth milk, and tangy sour cream, flavored with aromatic garlic, crispy bacon, and fresh green onions to make the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table!
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Air Fryer Green Beans
These Air Fryer Green Beans make the best easy side dish! Just four ingredients and 15 minutes for perfect crisp-tender green beans.
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Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
These easy Roasted Potatoes and Carrots are tossed in a savory garlic and herb butter, and roasted to perfection – the perfect side dish for any meal!
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Scalloped Potatoes
These Scalloped Potatoes are the ultimate side dish! Tender, thinly sliced potatoes are baked in a rich cream sauce and topped with melty mozzarella and parmesan!
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Crescent Rolls
These Crescent Rolls are a made-from-scratch classic! They're light, fluffy, buttery, flaky, and take just 15 minutes to prep!
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Honey Glazed Carrots
These Honey Glazed Carrots are an easy side dish that go with almost any meal! Made with honey, brown sugar, butter and garlic, they are sweet and salty and savory!
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Green Beans with Bacon
These Green Beans with Bacon make the best easy side dish! It's made with perfectly crisp-tender green beans that are tossed with aromatic onion and garlic, a couple of simple seasonings, and crispy pieces of bacon.
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe
These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a classic side dish taken up a notch! This recipe makes smooth, creamy, buttery, garlicky mashed potatoes that are ready in just 30 minutes!
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Homemade Creamed Corn
This easy homemade Creamed Corn comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients! Use fresh, frozen or canned corn. The perfect side dish for any holiday dinner!
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Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
This Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole is a quick and easy make-ahead recipe! Tender potatoes and salty ham are tossed in a rich and creamy sauce and topped with gooey, melty cheddar cheese!
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broccoli salad recipe with bacon cranberries cheese and homemade dressing.
Broccoli Salad
This Broccoli Salad recipe is loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, cranberries or raisins and topped with a simple 3 ingredient dressing! Lasts for days in the fridge!
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Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Bake – Maebells
Need a cheesy low-carb side dish? This Loaded Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Casserole is packed with everything you love in a baked potato!
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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
These Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes are an easy side dish, made completely from scratch with fresh potatoes! Perfect for a holiday dinner or potluck! 
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Perogies Recipe with Bacon and Onions
This Perogies Recipe with bacon and onions is crazy good — pure comfort food and perfect for a Christmas side dish! 
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Garlic Parmesan Orzo Recipe
This Garlic Parmesan Orzo Pasta is a one-pot recipe for tender orzo tossed in a light and cheesy cream sauce. It's simple to make and comes together in a total of 20 minutes!
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Cheesy Asparagus Potato Tart
This asparagus and potato tart is baked with a creamy cheese sauce, making a hearty and comforting potato side dish perfect for any meal!
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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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