The BEST Easter Recipes from appetizers to sides to ham to dessert – all in one place!


Easter is just around the corner which means it’s time to gather all of my Easter Recipes in one easy-to-find post so you can plan your whole menu right here! Whether you’re having a small family dinner or hosting extend family and friends, I hope to make your life easier – and more delicious – with Easter Brunch, Easter Appetizers, Easter Dinner – and of course Easter Dessert recipes! This Easter recipes collection will WOW your guests and hopefully you’ll find some new favorites to start repeat-delicious-traditions.

Over 75 of the best Easter Recipes from appetizers to sides, to ham, to dessert!  Plan your whole Easter menu from one place!

There are a quite a few Easter recipes, but I’ve tried to narrow each category down to my absolute favorites- which is HARD – but you can rest assured, anything you pick from this post will be worthy of your time – and your guests. And whatever Easter recipes you don’t have time to make, hopefully they will still find their way onto your table at some point this spring!

I’ll be adding new Easter recipes as I post them leading up to Easter, like Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin and Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, so make sure to check back! I can’t wait to hear what you are making this year!

Easter Dinner Recipes

Easter Dinner recipes are all centered around the ham – it’s the prized centerpiece that’s worthy of this special occasion – or should be! I’ve include three phenomenal baked ham recipes that you CANNOT go wrong with!

Honey Baked Ham

juicy honey glazed ham on a white platter

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham on a white platter being brushed with brown sugar glaze for ham

Baked Ham with Apple Cider Maple Glaze

Baked Ham with Apple Cider Maple Glaze: beautifully caramelized, flavorful and deliciously moist baked ham takes minutes to prep and the glaze is out of this world! Perfect for Christmas, Easter and feeds a crowd!


What can I make for Easter dinner besides ham?

If your family isn’t a fan of ham – no problem! What about a beautiful roasted turkey for Easter instead? Or crazy tender pot roast? beef tips and gravy? Here are some fabulous Easter dinner recipes that are every bit as delicious as ham!

Perfect Turkey with Herb Butter

This is the juiciest, most tender, flavorful Roast Turkey I have ever made! EVERYONE wanted the recipe!   I will never use another turkey recipe again, this one is a winner!  

Buttery Garlic Herb Baked Pork Tenderloin

easy pork tenderloin oven sliced on a cutting board

Mom’s Crazy Tender Pot Roast

Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast and carrots with mouthwatering gravy is the best pot roast I have ever had! Juicy, fall apart tender, seasoned to PERFECTION with hardly any effort! Amazing for company, easy enough for everyday.

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

Ridiculously tender, Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (without any “cream of” anything!) is richly satisfying, comforting and flavorful and the perfect make ahead meal for busy weeknights! I also love serving it for special occasions or holidays because it is so easy, make ahead and super easy to double or triple the recipe!

World’s Best Lasagna

White Chicken Lasagna

Sheet Pan Chili Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Sheet Pan Chili Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans and Potatoes all baked on ONE PAN! This is the most tender pork I have ever had and the tangy sweet and spicy flavors are out of this world!

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Wonderfully juicy, flavor exploding, melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is my favorite meat dish EVER and "better than any restaurant” according to my food critic husband!   It's the ultimate easy company dinner because it can be made days in advance then reheated in the slow cooker for stress free entertaining!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine

20 MINUTE Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine is wonderfully creamy, bursting with flavor and so easy!  The most gourmet tasting  dinner you can make in under 30 minutes!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This is by far my family's favorite Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe! An ultra rich and creamy, amazingly flavorful sauce (without any "cream of" anything!), crazy tender meat all made in the crockpot for a gourmet meal with hardly any effort! I love serving this for holidays like Christmas!

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

showing how to make Mississippi Pot Roast in crock pot with potataoes

Baked Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon with Crispy Panko

25 MINUTE Baked Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon with Crispy Parmesan Panko & Broccoli!  This salmon is not only bursting with flavor and sooo juicy and tender but the easiest, most satisfying meal that tastes totally gourmet!  My parents were blown away by this meal!

Cheesy, Meaty Manicotti

up close of cheese manicotti on a white plate

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Beef

REPLACE

Pan Seared Steak with Balsamic Herb Cream Sauce

Easy Pan Seared Steak with a deeply caramelized seared crust and the most amazing Balsamic Herb Cream Sauce! This recipe includes step by step instructions, tips and tricks to achieve melt in your mouth, restaurant quality top sirloin steak even if you have never made steak before! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

The BEST Baked Pork Tenderloin with Herb Butter – coming soon!


WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO EASTER DINNER?

If you’re not in charge of the Easter ham, then it’s likely you’re going to want to bring an appetizer or side – and to me, the intoxicating plethora of sides is just as important as the Easter ham. Here are some of my favorite Easter recipes for side dishes:

Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese

This mega creamy Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese Casserole is the only macaroni cheese recipe you will ever want to make! make this for guests or family and they will love you forever! The homemade sauce itself is rich and crazy creamy and the casserole is stuffed with a hidden layer of provolone cheese and sour cream that melts when baked for a ridiculous amount of velvety creamy, cheesy goodness.

Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes

top view of garlic smashed potatoes lined on a baking sheet

Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

Tender, sweet and savory Secret Ingredient Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots are the most delicious carrots and easiest side dish EVER with only 10 minutes prep! I eat these like candy! #Thanksgiving #Easter #Christmas

Hashbrown Casserole

BAKED Parmesan Risotto

top view of Parmesan risotto recipe in a grey dish garnished with basil and parsley

Creamy Company Mashed Potatoes

BEST EVER Creamy Company Mashed potatoes infused with butter, garlic, and Parmesan! I could eat these all day alone with a spoon - they are incredibly velvety, flavorful and so good everyone will beg you for the recipe!

Parmesan Baked Asparagus

Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

4 Ingredient, make ahead Cheesy Pull Apart Pesto Bread will make your life easier and all your parties more delicious!

One Pot Pea Bacon Pasta in Mascarpone Parmesan Sauce

One Pot Pea and Bacon Pasta in Mascarpone Parmesan Sauce is a decadently delicious pasta and the EASIEST pasta you will ever make (seriously look at the directions)! Fabulous company or special occasion stress free side! #Easter #holiday #Christmas #Thanksgiving #pesto

Mushroom Risotto

up close scooping mushroom risotto to show how creamy it is

Scalloped Au Gratin Potatoes

Potatoes Au Gratin with layers of potatoes, cheese and cream in a white casserole dish being scooped up

Perfect Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls

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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter

Award Winning Moist Sweet Cornbread

This Sweet Cornbread is AMAZING! Super moist and tender with just the right amount of sweetness. Everyone always asks me for this recipe because its the best out there!

Creamy Mushroom Orzo in Asiagio Thyme Sauce

up close of a spoon scooping orzo pasta recipe with mushrooms and bacon

Glazed Carrots

Twice Baked Potatoes

a cheesy forkful of twice baked potatoes

Easter Salads

One of my favorite parts of spring are the salads! I was originally going to clump the salads with the side Easter recipes, but decided they needed their very own section. Unlike Easter sides that are warm and comforting, Easter Salads are cool and refreshing – everyone balances out their Easter feast with a fresh fruit salad or green salad.

I’ve also included a few phenomenal pasta salads as well that might sound intriguing (Strawberry Pasta Salad I’m looking at you) – and they are! You can never have too many Easter recipes when its’ SALAD!

Strawberry Avocado Broccoli Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

top view of easy Broccoli Salad in a wood bowl with creamy dressing

Creamy Grape Salad with Vanilla Yogurt Dressing

up close of best grape salad with brown sugar and pecans

Creamy Bacon Pea Pasta Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Top view of Creamy Pasta Salad with Peas and Bacon with a wood serving spoon

Spinach Berry Salad with Creamy Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

top view of easy Pina Colada Fruit Salad with pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, strawberries and blueberries in a white bowl

BLT Pasta Salad with Lemon Chive Dressing

Top Shot of Best BLT Pasta Salad in a white bowl with white tongs lifting the salad up

Berry Salad in Honey Mascarpone

Fresh Berry Salad is one of the BEST fruit salads you will ever make! Smothered in sweet and tangy, incredibly creamy Honey Mascarpone that takes minutes to whip up and tastes incredible! Perfect for brunch, barbecues and all your pool side parties!

Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Ranch and Balsamic Reduction

REPLACE

Perfect Fruit Salad with Honey Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

top view of best fruit salad in bowl with pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwis, grapes and oranges

Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Fresh Corn Salad with avocado, red bell peppers, jalapeno, cilantro, sesame seeds mixed together in a white bowl with silver spoons

Creamy Classic Kicked Up Potato Salad

Everyone needs the BEST potato salad recipe and this is it! so creamy and flavorful and disappears in minutes whenever I take it any where - everyone always asks for the recipe!!

Rice Pilaf

Corn Casserole

Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

pasta, strawberries, spinach, Mandarin oranges, avocados, macadamia nuts in a glass bowl with poppy seed dressing mixed together for pasta salad

Easter Appetizers

Easter appetizers are the “fun” Easter recipes – they get the party started! How many times have you filled up just on appetizers because they are plain lick-your-fingers delicious! I have tons of appetizer recipes, you can see them all HERE, so here is just a sampling:

Spinach Artichoke Dip

up close of a piece of bread dipping into spinach and artichoke dip

Easy Bruschetta Cheese Ball

Super easy Bruschetta Cheese Ball takes just minutes to whip up and is always a total show stopper, make ahead appetizer! Loaded with fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic and herb cream cheese then rolled in crispy panko breadcrumbs all served with toasted baguette slices! So irresistibly delicious!

Blueberry Pineapple Salsa

Refreshing sweet, bright Blueberry Pineapple Salsa is addictingly delicious with chips, on chicken, fish, tacos or just a spoon! This easy salsa makes everything better! #salsa #pineapple @blueberry #fruitsalsa #pineapplesalsa

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms With Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil

side view of best sausage stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet with cream cheese filling and panko topping

Key Lime Cheesecake Fruit  Dip

sweet and tangy Key Lime Cheesecake Fruit Dip is smooth, creamy and the BEST way to eat fruit! Addictingly delicious make ahead snack or appetizer!

Mesquite Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

up close of best bacon wrapped shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Taco Cups

Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Taco Cups - the cheesy sweet heat packed into these crispy, taco cups is so addicting and the mango guacamole is the perfect finishing touch! Whenever I serve these for an appetizer they get gobbled right up!

Brie Spinach Dip

Brie Spinach Dip - my friends could not get over this appetizer! Its your favorite spinach dip made even more delicious with BRIE! Creamy, cheesy and so addicting!

Crab Cakes with Tomatillo Jalapeno Dip

REPLACE

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball is a hit every time I make it and is always the first appetizer gone! Its super easy and make ahead for stress free entertaining!

Whipped Roasted Red Pepper Feta Dip

MEGA creamy 5 Minute Whipped Roasted Red Pepper Feta Dip or Spread

Artichoke Dip Bites

up close shot of Artichoke Dip Bites on a white marble pedestal

Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Log

front shot of goat cheese log with garlic, zemon zest, basil, chives, parsley and rolled in pecans

Jalapeno Poppers

Easter Cake Recipes

Just like Thanksgiving is known for pie, Easter is known for cake! I love making cake recipes because they are SO easy! Simply mix the batter, pour, bake and frost – without having to frost a bunch of cupcakes! I also love making cakes because they often taste even better the next day for stress free dessert! I have included every flavor of Easter Cake you can dream up from carrot cake to lemon cake to strawberry cake and more!

Lemon Blueberry Cake

slice of lemon blueberry cake with a piece taken out of it sitting on a white plate

Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the BEST Carrot Cake Recipe, I will never make another recipe again! ! Super moist without being oily, spiced perfectly, and the Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting is incredible! Brought this to a party and everyone was BEGGING me for the recipe!

Coconut Cake (Triple Coconut!)

Top view of Coconut Cream Cake on a white cake stand with one piece cut out

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pound Cake

Rich, buttery, tender Strawberry Pound Cake swirled with fresh strawberries and smothered in smooth, silky Chocolate Ganache. 1000X better than any cake mix and so drool worthy everyone will beg you for the recipe!

Banana Cake with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

up close of a fork cutting into banana cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

showing how to make the best Kentucky butter cake by glazing cake with butter sauce

Strawberry Shortcakes with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake with sliced removed showing layers of dark chocolate cake, raspberry jam filling, chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse

Lemon Poke Cake

Cream Cheese Stuffed Carrot Cake

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Chocolate Eclair Cake

top view of a forking taking a bite of Chocolate Eclair Cake

Tres Leches Cake

showing how to serve tres leches cake cold on a plate dusted with cinnamon

Hummingbird Cake

up close of hummingbird cake recipe on a plate

Toffee Pecan Caramel Pound Cake

Carrot Cake Cookies

Up close of soft Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting with a bite taken out of it on a white plate

More Easter Dessert Recipes

I couldn’t just limit you to Easter Cake recipes when there are so many amazing Easter Pie and Cheesecake recipes too! Now you are GUARANTEED to find a new favorite dessert whether you are a cake, pie or cheesecake lover!

Almost No Bake Nutella S’mores Pie (MY FAV PIE)

Banana Coconut Cream Pie with Vanilla Wafer Cocont Crust

Mini Strawberry Pies

The best strawberry pie filling nestled in easy soft, buttery, sugar cookie crusts make the most adorable, crowd pleasing and delicious Mini Strawberry Pies! And they are make ahead for stress free entertaining!

Mini Banana Cconut Cream Pies

Mini Banana Coconut Cream Pies is the best of both pies in one! Baked in chewy, buttery sugar cookie cups, topped with Coconut Whipped Cream and Drizzled with Coconut Caramel - perfect for holidays!

Easy Blueberry Cheesecake Pie

Blueberry Cheesecake Pie - This is my family's favorite dessert and its made extra easy in pie form! The cheesecake is creamy, rich and delicious and the homemade blueberry sauce is sweet and tangy and simply the best ever!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

The best Strawberry dessert ever! Strawberry Cheesecake Pie is rich and creamy cheesecake but made extra easy in pie form and extra delicious with vanilla wafer crust! Smother the luscious cheesecake in the BEST sweet glazed strawberries and you won't be able to stop eating!!

Almost No Bake Ultimate Mud Pie

Wonderfully rich, crazy creamy, heavenly Mississippi Mud Pie with 4 EASY layers of decadence! Everyone will beg you for this TO LIVE FOR recipe!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Easy, creamy NO BAKE Cherry Cheesecake Dip is one of the easiest AND most delicious desserts/appetizers that comes together in minutes! The perfect make ahead, stress free, crowd pleaser for all your holiday parties!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

up close of one chocolate covered strawberry on a white background

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6 Comments

  1. Karen says

    Always a little bit giddy when I receive your emails with titles that say “The Very Best….” as I know it contains YOUR favorite recipes for the holiday. And, you’ve never steered me wrong. Little secret just between us gals: I have often prepared your recipe for the first time and served it at holidays to the family. And you never disappoint!

    The biggest challenge with your recipes is deciding which one(s) to make! Thank you Jenn and have a wonderful holiday!

    • Jen says

      Awe, thank you so much Karen! I’m honored you look forward to my recipes and that they never disappoint! I hope you had a very Happy Easter!

  2. Toni says

    Hi Jen,

    I LOVE your blog; I follow many food blogs, but yours is by far my favorite and your food is always SO good! I love the voice in your writing and your gorgeous colorful photos, too. I have recommended your blog to so many people! Just felt compelled to leave a comment today. THANK YOU for all the great recipes!

    Toni

    • Jen says

      Thank you for making my day Toni! I am honored and humbled you love my blog and recipes so much! Thanks for making my recipes, sharing the word and making my day! xo

  3. sandy says

    i will be cooking foratleast 6 months from the list o recipes you listed i can’t wait to get to the store and get started thank you

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome! Happy Easter!

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