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Whether it’s ham or pork chops that you love for Easter, this collection is a delicious list of all the most popular Easter dinner ideas.

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Collage of easter dinner recipes.

Everyone has different ideas of what they want for dinner when gathering for Easter.

As popular as turkey is for Thanksgiving, ham is the same for Easter, but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to have ham. There is a myriad of options your family can enjoy for the Easter holiday!

You’ll love these Easter recipes:

  • Several options. From ham to pork chops to chicken to roast, we have several dinner choices available!
  • Easy. All of these simple recipes would make great additions to your Easter dinner menu.
  • Simple or fancy. Whether you are cooking for a crowd, or just a few, we have plenty of recipes that will help you complete your dinner spread.
Slices of ham with a side of salad, corn and funeral potatoes on a white plate.

Tips for hosting easter dinner

  • Create your menu beforehand. This will be handy if guests ask if they can help bring a dish. You will already know what you need and where they can help out. 
  • Hit the grocery store early. Not only will you skip large crowds, but you will not have to worry about ingredients being out of stock.
  • Clean out the fridge to make room for ingredients and dishes that need to stay cool. 
  • Plan. Make a list of times that can be made ahead of time, and what items need to be cooked/heated in what order.
  • Various cooking methods. Utilize the oven, stovetop, and crockpot. 
Breaded pork chop on a white plate with mashed potatoes.

Perfect Your Menu

  1. Appetizers. Plan for each guest to have 4-6 appetizers. Provide a variety of hot and cold, savory and sweet, light and heavy.
  2. Easter sides. Plan to have 3-4 different sides for 6 or fewer guests. Add another side dish for every 8 more guests. Once you have the traditional starch, vegetables, and salad recipes add something new that you think your guests will love.
  3. Main course. Plan to serve 6 ounces per person if you are serving one main dish. If you have more than one main course plan for 8 ounces total per person.
  4. Desserts. Plan to have at least 2 dessert choices for every 10 guests. I always have at least one chocolate dessert and one fruit-based dessert. Easter-themed desserts are especially cute to have.
Roast chicken garnished with lemon slices and rosemary sprigs on a white platter.

Meat as a Main Dish

Most Easter dinner menus include meat as the star.

  • Lamb is popular because of its symbolism and the various delicious ways it can be prepared. Season and cook lamb tenderloin, rack of lamb, lamb chops, leg of lamb, and more. 
  • Ham is my family’s favorite Easter dish and a classic. We slow cook a Honey Glazed Ham every year.
  • Roast beef, particularly Prime Rib or beef tenderloin, is another family favorite and is often served alongside ham at our large family Easter celebrations. 
  • Roasted Chicken or Turkey. Adding herbs such as fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, and oregano gives a flavorful cook. Don’t forget to save the juices to make a delicious Gravy
  • Salmon is an enticing alternative to some of the more traditional cuts of meat. It can be slowly roasted in the oven or easily pan-fried.

Best easter dinner recipes

Create our go-to Easter menu with these favorite recipes. They are simple and delicious!

1 Crockpot Ham Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Ham Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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2 Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Main Course Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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3 Crock Pot Pot Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pot Roast
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

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4.99 from 119 votes
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4 Best Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Best Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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5 Best Pork Chop Recipe

Main Course Best Pork Chop Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 593 votes
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6 Instant Pot Ham Recipe

Main Course Instant Pot Ham Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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7 Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Main Course Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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5 from 38 votes
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8 Steak Marinade

Main Course Steak Marinade
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4.97 from 82 votes
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9 Prime Rib Recipe

Main Course Prime Rib Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 22 votes
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10 Crock Pot Brisket Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 303 votes
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Easter Chicken Recipes

Chicken is one of the most popular meats for holidays and tends to be the first or second choice for most during holiday meals.

With that in mind, we wanted to share our most popular recipes. Some include pasta, some are fried, and some are baked. There are loads to choose from in case you want chicken for your Easter dinner.

11 Swiss Chicken Bake Recipe

Main Course Swiss Chicken Bake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

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4.94 from 443 votes
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12 Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Main Course Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 6 votes
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13 Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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14 Baked Ranch Chicken Recipe

Main Course Baked Ranch Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.91 from 40 votes
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15 Parmesan Crusted Chicken Recipe

Main Course Parmesan Crusted Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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16 Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Main Course Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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4.99 from 1073 votes
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17 Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe

Main Course Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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4.97 from 95 votes
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18 Chicken Divan Recipe

Main Course Chicken Divan Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.97 from 32 votes
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19 Fried Chicken Breast Recipe

Main Course Fried Chicken Breast Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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20 Lemon Chicken with Veggies Recipe

Main Course Lemon Chicken with Veggies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

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4.72 from 53 votes
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21 Chicken Drumsticks in Oven

Main Course Chicken Drumsticks in Oven
Total Time: 55 minutes

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4.87 from 45 votes
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22 Buttery Baked Chicken Recipe

Main Course Buttery Baked Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 50 votes
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23 Chicken Piccata Recipe

Main Course Chicken Piccata Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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24 Chicken Stuffed Crescent Rolls Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stuffed Crescent Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 34 minutes

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4.94 from 210 votes
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25 Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 26 votes
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More Easter Menu Ideas

For even more tasty dishes, fill in the spaces on the table with these favorites. Choose your star and complete the spread. We have plenty to choose from!

26 Pulled Pork Recipe

Main Course Pulled Pork Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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4.98 from 46 votes
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27 Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Main Course Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 320 votes
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28 Crock Pot Pork Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pork Roast
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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29 Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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30 Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Main Course Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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31 Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Fried Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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32 Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Main Course Best Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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33 Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe

Main Course Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
4.91 from 30 votes
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34 Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Smothered Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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35 Breaded Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Breaded Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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36 Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe

Main Course Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
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Delicious Holiday Ham

We always have ham for Easter. It’s tradition, and it’s a meat the whole family loves. We often do a Brown Sugar Ham, and sometimes we do this Honey Glazed Ham.

This recipe so juicy and flavorful, and best of all – it’s SIMPLE!

It only takes 5 minutes to prepare, and then the slow cooker does the rest of the work.

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35+ Easter Dinner Ideas

By: Lil’ Luna
Whether it's ham or pork chops that you love for Easter, this collection is a delicious list of all the most popular Easter dinner ideas.
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours 5 minutes
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 4-5 pound Sam’s Choice spiral cut ham (cooked)
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Instructions 

  • Cut the ham into slices and place them in your slow cooker.
  • Add the brown sugar, honey, water, mustard and cloves to a small pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cloves and pour the glaze over the ham. Cook on LOW for 4 hours making sure to baste the ham with the glaze every hour.
  • Serve warm with the glaze.

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Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 52mg, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Have a Delicious Easter feast!

There’s sure to be something here that you can use for your Easter feast. No matter what main dish you choose for dinner, I hope you get to enjoy it with family and loved ones.

Be sure to check out all our other Easter collections to complete your Easter dinner.

More Easter Collections: Easter Brunch Ideas, Easter Appetizers, Easter Side Dishes, Easter Desserts

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11 Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Wow I love all these ideas for regular Sunday dinners too! Can’t wait to make my way through them!

  2. April says:

    5 stars
    So many great options here! Everything looks delicious, it’s going to be hard to narrow down the list!

  3. Sarah Skaggs says:

    5 stars
    This list is so helpful! I am going to try the roast chicken this year!

  4. Julia says:

    5 stars
    This is the perfect go-to for all the best Easter recipe ideas! I literally got my whole menu from here. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  5. Delane Terrell says:

    5 stars
    I love the Funeral Potatoes. Your recipe is very good.

  6. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    This recipe turned out great and I love that it utilizes the crock pot. In my opinion its the best way to cook on a busy holiday.

  7. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    This Easter dinner looks so amazing! I love this time of year to get with family and friends!

  8. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I sure love Easter dinner!! We used your ham recipe last year & it was a hit!! Juicy & delicious & wasn’t hard to make, which is a bonus! Excited to add some more of these recipes to our Easter menu!

  9. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    The perfect place to suit all your Easter needs. The recipes are delicious and help you in preparing for special food and time with your family!

  10. Virginia says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas and recipes for Easter dinner. So much to choose from but am sure dinner will be delicious.

    1. LilLunaTeam says:

      You are so welcome! I hope you have a wonderful Easter dinner this year!