List of quick dinner ideas for two

List of quick meal ideas for 2

our top 40 quick dinners are perfect when you need something fast for dinner on those busy work nights. All are dishes can be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes or less.  All our quick dinners for 2, come with mains and sides in the same recipe. If you love to plan, check out our weekly meal plans in our quick and easy meal plans section, or just pick something quick and delicious for dinner tonight

Quick chicken dinner ideas for two
Fast beef dinners for two
Quick dinner ideas for 2 with pork

      Quick chorizo recipes
      Quick bacon recipe

Quick lamb dinner ideas for two
Quick duck dinner ideas for 2
Fast veggie meals for two

        Quick vegetable recipes

        Quick bean and chickpea recipes 
        Quick lentil recipes
        Quick veggie pasta recipes
        Quick veggie risottos

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Quick chicken dinner ideas for two

For a quick chicken dinner pan fry and stir fry are the perfect solution. For the summer months chicken salads and wraps make the ideal fast meal on a busy work night

Chicken Teriyaki with Ginger and Chive Rice

Ginger and garlic flavoured chicken thighs, sauteed in teriyaki sauce, and served with ginger and chive rice

Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry

Strips of chicken breast coated in Chinese five spice, stir fried with veggies and nuts in a hot black pepper sauce served on a bed of noodles

Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Sliced Chicken breast, cucumber, carrots, spring onions and bell peppers, stir fried with chilli, garlic, and black bean sauce, served with noodles

Southern Spiced Chicken Goujons with Fruity Coleslaw

Southern Spiced chicken strips oven baked and served with a red cabbage and fruit coleslaw and a chipotle mayo.

Greek Oregano and Lemon Chicken with a Rice Salad

Marinated chicken on a bed of watercress, with a Greek feta and pepper rice salad, and tzatziki sauce

Thai Chicken Goujon Salad

Thai green marinated goujons, coated in panko breadcrumbs and coconut, served with a Thai salad  and a Thai green dressing

Breaded Chicken Goujon Wraps

Oven baked chicken goujons with lettuce, roast tomatoes, and fresh avocado, all wrapped up in a soft tortilla, topped with garlic mayo.

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Fast beef dinners for two

Steak is one of the fastest dinners to cook, a pan fry like beef stroganoff,  a Chinese stir fry or a wrap like fajitas are all the perfect quick beef dinners.

Quick Beef Stroganoff with Rice

Strips of steak and sliced mushrooms cooked in a brandy and sour cream sauce, topped with chopped parsley and served with white rice

Char Grilled Steak Fajitas

Griddled Fajita and garlic spiced steak, red peppers and onions served with tortilla wraps, tomato and chilli salsa and a green avocado salad

Chilli Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

Lightly battered steak, stir fried with a chilli, garlic, ginger, soy, and tomato sauce, served with chilli, lime noodles

Quick Thai Beef Salad with Peanuts

Griddled steak served on a bed of herbs and lettuce with a chilli dressing and a sprinkle of chopped peanuts

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Quick dinner ideas for two with pork

Pork fillet and pork chops are the quickest cooks for pork, but many cured meats that are made with pork are great quick cook ingredients such as bacon and continental cured meats like pork and salami

Asparagus and Pea Risotto with Oven baked Parma Ham

A quick authentic pea and asparagus risotto topped with crispy parma ham

Quick bacon recipes

Bacon Carbonara with Spinach Balls

Pasta Carbonara is a quick dinner to cook, simply fry bacon squares till crisp and add to precooked pasta then coated in a creamy egg, parmesan cheese and cream sauce. We serve with crispy spinach balls which does take a little longer to make but they are so worth it, and you can make extra and freeze for next time

Red Wine Risotto with Pancetta and Mushrooms

A mouth-watering Italian parmesan and red wine risotto, with pancetta and mushrooms, topped with parmesan shavings.

Creamy Bacon, Peas and Pasta in a Brie Sauce

Pasta, crispy smoked bacon, and peas in a creamy brie sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan and basil

Gammon, Leek, and Spring Onion Pasta

Al dente pasta mixed with gammon, chopped leeks and spring onions with a coated in a parmesan, garlic, and thyme, cream sauce

Pea and Bacon Penne Pasta

Pasta with fresh peas and crispy bacon, coated in a parmesan cream sauce, topped with chopped parsley, and served with garlic bread.

Quick chorizo recipes

Chorizo, Redpepper, and Manchego Spanish Omelette

A traditional Spanish tortilla with slices of chorizo, potato, and red peppers cooked in an egg and Manchego omelette flavoured with garlic, parsley and paprika.

Spanish Tomato Free Pizza

A tasty tomato free pizza with a Spanish topping of chorizo, Mozzarella and Manchego cheese flavoured with oregano and served with an almond and cress salad

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Quick lamb dinner ideas for two

Honey Lamb with Feta, Peas, and mint salad

 Lamb pan fried with oregano and honey, served with an artichoke, feta, pea, and mint salad with a lemon dressing

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Quick duck dinner ideas for two

Duck breast is another quick cook if you fancy a change, it can be used for a delicious warm salad or stir fry

Duck Breast Salad with Orange and Pomegranate

Pan fried duck on a bed of green salad with a pomegranate molasses, ginger and orange dressing,

Duck Stir Fry with Orange, and Honey

Strips of duck breast, asparagus, broccoli, pak choi and spring onions stir fried in a Chinese orange, ginger, and honey sauce.

Chinese Duck Salad

Duck breast with Chinese five spice, pan fried in hoisin sauce served with a water melon, watercress,  and cashew nuts salad

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Fast veggie meals for two

Vegetables are often quick to cook and vegetable-based meals often help your budget too. Beans and lentils as they are now readily available in tins make these a good source of ingredients for fast dinners when you are busy Creating meat free quick meals also helps save the planet as well as your time!

Quick vegetable recipes

Cashew Nut and Vegetable Stir Fried in black bean Sauce

A quick veggie stir fry with cashew nuts, cucumber, carrots, red peppers, and spring onions, in a Chinese black bean sauce, served with noodles

Southern Spiced Cauliflower florets with Coleslaw and hot Pepper Mayo

Southern Spiced Cauliflower, oven baked, and served with a red cabbage, apple and pear coleslaw and a chipotle mayo.

Quick Mushroom Stroganoff

Sliced Mushrooms and red peppers in a sour cream, brandy, and paprika sauce, served with white rice and sprinkled with chopped parsley

Quick Red Pepper and Manchego Spanish Omelette

A traditional vegetarian tortilla with slices of red peppers, potatoes, and onions encased in a paprika, garlic, parsley, and Manchego omelette serve with a tomato and green salad

Griddled Aubergine with Feta and Rice Salad

Griddled aubergines served with watercress and a Greek rice salad with feta and red peppers, flavoured with chilli, lemon, and parsley served with tzatziki

Mushroom,Courgette and Pepper Fajitas with a Green Avocado Salad

Grilled vegetables flavoured with fajita spiced, encased in a wrap with a tomato and chilli salsa and a chipotle cream served with a lettuce and avocado salad and a hot pepper mayo

Tomato, Pecorino, and Black Olive Pizza

A quick cook homemade pizza with a tomato sauce, flavoured with herbs and chilli topped with pecorino, black olives and mozzarella served with a fresh green salad

Breaded Courgette Slices in a Wrap

Courgette slices coated in breadcrumbs oven baked, lettuce, roast tomatoes and sliced avocado all wrapped up in a warm tortilla topped with parmesan and garlic mayo

Chilli Mushrooms Stir Fry with Noodles

Crispy chilli mushrooms in a chilli, garlic, ginger, soy and tomato sauce served with sesame, lime, chilli and soy egg noodles

Tomato and Cheese Filo Tart

A crisp filo tart base with mustard, slices of emmental cheese and tomato topped with dollops of pesto. served with a cress salad and a herb and sour cream dressing

Quick bean and chickpea recipes

Bean and Cheese Burritos

Red kidney beans in a spicy tomato sauce, lime flavoured avocado slices, sour cream, and grated cheese all wrapped up in a burrito.

Chickpea Burgers with Sweet potato chips

Spicy chickpea and coriander burgers made with carrots, chickpeas, and red onion, flavoured with smoked paprika, and cumin. Serve in a bread bun with sweet potato chips. For an extra quick dinner cook extra and freeze and serve with frozen chips

Savoury Butter Bean Cakes with Salad

Savoury veggie butter bean patties with carrot and parsnip lightly fried and serve with a green salad and a tomato dressing.  Make twice the amount of patties and freeze for an extra quick meal

Quick lentil recipes

Green Lentil, Butternut and Beetroot Salad

A quick healthy lentil salad with roasted beet and butternut, and a touch of crumbled  feta cheese, serve with a fresh herb and olive oil dressing


Quick Veggie Pasta Recipes

Greek Broad Bean and Pasta Salad

Broad beans, tomatoes, feta, and olives mixed with warm pasta and coated in a herb and garlic dressing. Serve this veggie pasta with garlic bread

Pureed Tomatoes and Red Pepper Sauce with spaghetti

A blended tomato and red pepper sauce, flavoured with basil, mint and garlic, served on a bed of spaghetti with a sprinkle of grated parmesan and crispy garlic bread

Bacon, Tomato and Camembert Pasta

Pasta in a rich tomato, bacon, and camembert sauce flavoured with chilli, garlic, and basil. Serve with a crusty roll or crunchy garlic bread

Quick veggie risottos

Spinach and Mushroom Risotto with a Walnut Crumb

A parmesan risotto flavoured with caramelised sliced mushroom and fresh spinach, topped with a crunchy crumb of walnut and cheese.

Mushroom and Red Wine Risotto

An Italian risotto cooked with red wine, flavoured with mushrooms and parmesan or pecorino , topped with an extra sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Traditional Risotto topped with Mascarpone

A rich cheese, thyme and garlic risotto, topped with mascarpone and a almond crumb

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