20 Minute Recipes

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi.

The Spruce  

It's difficult for me to time recipes that I'm developing, because I'm used to cooking so fast. That isn't bragging - it's just true. At Pillsbury, I usually made 10-12 full recipes in about 7 hours. When my husband helps me in the kitchen, I usually finish my task and take over his.

At any rate, I do think that because there is little prep time for these recipes, anyone can make them in less than 20 minutes. Using frozen vegetables, prepared meats, mixes, and sauces can cut preparation time to about five minutes.

Be sure to read through the recipe and make sure you have all the ingredients (or good substitutes) on hand. And if you aren't experienced in the kitchen, don't rush! Just enjoy the process. You may not be ready to eat in 20 minutes, but you are still putting an excellent meal on the table with little effort. Enjoy.

Twenty Minute Recipes

  • Quick Shrimp Scampi
    This is one of my favorite recipes; the secret ingredient is frozen fully cooked shrimp. Make it soon!
  • Tilapia and Yellow Squash
    This easy microwave recipe can be made with any flat, thin fish fillets. It's fresh and delicious!
  • Scrambled Eggs Benedict
    Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce is the secret ingredient in this comforting and quick recipe.
  • Creamy Bacon Chicken Pasta
    This super quick recipe is comforting, rich, and delicious. What could be better than pasta, chicken, bacon, and a creamy cheese sauce?
  • Chicken with Peppers
    Frozen sliced onions and bell peppers are a fabulous ingredient that slashes preparation time in this super easy recipe.
  • Bay Scallop Scampi
    I love the combination of lemon juice and garlic, the dominant flavors in scampi. This recipe uses tender and sweet bay scallops instead of shrimp.
  • Ramen Corn Chowder
    Start with Ramen noodles and in 20 minutes you'll have a hearty soup to serve.
  • Orange Chicken Stir-Fry
    Cashews, baby peas, and an orange honey dressing make tender chicken breasts into a fabulous entree.
  • Linguine with Peppers
    Frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry is a wonderful frozen veggie combo that you should have in your fridge for recipes just like this one.
  • Grilled Chicken Nachos
    With a few other appetizers, you can make a meal out of this quick and easy recipe.
  • Asian Apricot Chicken
    The deli is the source for the fried chicken in this simple stir-fry recipe. Yum.
  • Kung Pao Pork
    If you like it hot, you'll love this recipe! Broccoli slaw is the secret ingredient that makes it ready in 20 minutes.
  • Grilled Ham Salad
    The combination of peach preserves with honey mustard salad dressing really brings out the flavor of ham in this recipe.
  • Tomato Cheese Fish Filets
    Another microwave recipe! Tomatoes and cheese add spark to mild fish fillets; serve it with a spinach salad.
  • Sole with Walnut Butter
    Any kind of nut butter is delicious on fish; you could substitute cashews or pecans if you'd like.
  • Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
    This sandwich is a take-off on Monte Cristo Sandwiches, but is more savory. It's fabulous!
  • Italian Chicken and Rice
    Purchased marinated chicken breast fillets and instant rice are the secret ingredients in this super simple entree recipe.
  • White Bean Chicken Chili
    Canned beans, cooked chicken, and canned green chiles are the ingredients that make this chili super quick and easy.
  • Grilled Ham Gruyere Sandwiches
    Roasted red bell peppers in a jar are another secret ingredient to making fabulous sandwiches. Enjoy!