19 Dad-Approved Father's Day Dinner Recipes

Make His Day WIth a Homemade Meal

Grilled steak

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

This Father's Day, show dad how much you care with a delicious homemade dinner. From classic options like steak and burgers to more creative offerings, find a meal that he'll love below.

  • 01 of 19

    Indian Lamb Curry

    Indian lamb curry

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    Indian lamb curry with tomatoes, onions, and spices has a rich, saucy flavor that will please hungry dads this Father's Day. Use boneless lamb shoulder or lamb stewing meat that will quickly cook on your stovetop in just 30 minutes. Serve over hot cooked basmati rice, with pita or naan bread wedges for dipping in the sauce.

  • 02 of 19

    Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs

    Crispy Skin Chicken Thighs

    The Spruce 

    If dad is a fan of crispy chicken skin, look no further than this recipe. All you need to make crispy-skin thighs is chicken, oil, salt, and pepper, plus a cast iron pan or other heavy skillet. The delicious chicken dinner starts on your stovetop and finishes in the oven. Serve with fluffy cooked rice and a side green salad.

  • 03 of 19

    Perfect Restaurant Steak

    illustration that depicts how to cook the perfect restaurant steak

    Illustration: Michela Buttignol. © The Spruce, 2019

    Why take dad out to a steakhouse when you can cook him a perfect restaurant-style steak in the comfort of home? Impress him by serving up a delicious seared steak with a crusty exterior and the ideal degree of doneness inside. A boneless rib-eye or sirloin steak is ideal for searing in a cast iron pan with just a little bit of oil, simple seasonings, and a pat of butter to finish it.

  • 04 of 19

    Classic Beef Stroganoff

    Classic Beef Stroganoff

    The Spruce / Qi Ai

    Skillet beef stroganoff has all the savory, creamy flavors dad craves in this classic dish and is simple to prepare on the stovetop. Strips of seasoned beef are browned in the pan, combined with onions, and smothered in a delectable sour cream sauce to create a hearty meal for serving over hot cooked noodles or rice. The classic dish can also be made as a smaller portion with this beef stroganoff for two recipe.

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    Jamaican Jerk Chicken

    Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken

    The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

    Jamaican jerk chicken delivers plenty of spicy tropical flavor for dad to enjoy. Chicken breasts are marinated briefly in a zesty jerk seasoning mixture of citrus juice, mustard, and spices, before taking a quick turn on the grill. Serve with rice and peas for a satisfying main dish entree.

  • 06 of 19

    Sonoran Hot Dog

    Sonoran Hot Dog

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    The kids are asking for hot dogs, but you want something a little more special? This Sonoran hot dog recipe is perfect and everyone will love it. It stuffs a grilled, bacon-wrapped hot dog inside a toasted soft roll with refried beans, avocado, tomato, and onion. Skip the jalapeño for those who don't like spice, but don't skimp on the fresh cilantro-lime crema.

  • 07 of 19

    All American Burgers

    All American Burgers

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    All-American burgers make a wonderful dinner idea for the classic dad. Worcestershire sauce, milk, and water are added to good-quality ground beef from your butcher or supermarket to make these burgers super-moist. Breadcrumbs add texture and simple seasonings boost their flavor. Grill or broil the patties, and load them up on toasted buns with your favorite toppings.

  • 08 of 19

    Beef and Guinness Pie

    Beef pie

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Beef and Guinness pie is a classic Irish recipe that combines dad-approved ingredients—including steak and beer—inside a flaky, homemade pastry. It takes some time and effort to put together, but the results are worth it, producing a flavorful meat and vegetable pie with a thick, luscious sauce.

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  • 09 of 19

    Chicken Parmesan

    Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

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    Chicken Parmesan is a popular Italian-American dish that makes a winning Father's Day dinner idea. Boneless chicken breast halves are briefly browned on the stovetop, then added to your crock pot along with store-bought spaghetti sauce and seasonings. They cook all day until ultra-tender. Mozzarella cheese is added at the end to form a melted, gooey topping. Serve over hot cooked pasta noodles as a complete meal.

  • 10 of 19

    Meat Lover's Pizza

    Meat Lover's Pizza

     Anita Schecter

    If dad is a meat lover, he's sure to enjoy this homemade meat lover's pizza. With sausage, pepperoni, and crispy bacon, it's an easy dinner or appetizer thanks to refrigerated pizza dough. Use spicy sausage if you like hot food, and add chopped ham for even more meaty goodness.

  • 11 of 19

    Instant Pot Ribs

    Instant Pot pork ribs
    Diana Rattray

    Ribs are always a favorite, and even if the weather doesn't allow for grilling you can make succulent, flavorful ribs in the Instant Pot. The pork ribs are seasoned with a spice rub and pressure cooked until tender before they're slathered with barbecue sauce and broiled until sticky and delicious.

  • 12 of 19

    Keto Meatloaf

    keto meatloaf

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Whether dad's on the keto diet or not, he's sure to love this meaty meatloaf. Made with a mixture of ground beef, chorizo, and pork rinds, it's moist and packed with flavor. A blanket of bacon finished off the gluten-free main dish.

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  • 13 of 19

    Steak and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

    Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Delight dad with stuffed peppers that include all the popular tastes of a Philly cheesesteak. Shaved steak, caramelized onions, and bell peppers make up the filling, along with optional sliced mushrooms. Finish them with plenty of shredded, melted cheese on top.

  • 14 of 19

    Roasted Bone Marrow With Parsley Salad

    Roasted bone marrow recipe

    ​The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    For a restaurant-quality first course, make roasted bone marrow. The recipe is surprisingly easy to make and yields succulent, meaty results. Serve with grilled bread and a fresh parsley salad on the side.

  • 15 of 19

    Alice Springs Chicken

    alice springs chicken

     Leah Maroney

    Alice Springs chicken is an easy copycat recipe of a popular Outback Steakhouse dish. It's a hearty and satisfying main dish of chicken breasts, mushrooms, bacon, and cheese. It only take a few minutes to put together and tastes great with mashed potatoes.

  • 16 of 19

    Easy Honey-Soy Baked Salmon

    Glazed salmon
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    This glazed salmon looks and tastes like you spent the afternoon making it, but is simple to prepare in under 30 minutes (minus marinating time) in the oven, making it a genius Father's Day dinner recipe when you would rather spend the day hanging out with dad.

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  • 17 of 19

    Crock Pot Sausage, and Shrimp Jambalaya

    Crockpot Jambalaya

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    Prepare for compliments when you use your slow cooker to make this fuss-free, Creole-style jambalaya loaded with chicken, sausage, and shrimp. The combination of proteins, along with tomatoes, vegetables, rice, and pantry spices, is hearty and flavorful, making it a winning one-dish dinner.

  • 18 of 19

    Chinese-Style Grilled Pork Ribs

    Chinese style ribs recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Chinese-style grilled pork ribs are sure to please hungry dads. Hoisin and soy sauces add depth and salty flavor to the meat, while honey and brown sugar lend sweetness. Five-spice powder and chili paste add a kick of heat. You can use baby back ribs for this recipe or a larger cut of pork ribs, depending on what's available at your market.

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    Slow Cooker Pot Roast Meal

    Slow Cooker Pot Roast Meal

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Spend Father's Day with dad instead of stuck in the kitchen with this easy for a Sunday pot roast dinner that cooks by itself in your slow cooker. Condensed soups go right into the appliance with the meat and vegetables to form a "set it and forget it" dinner.