60+ 3-Ingredient Recipes That Don’t Require a Trip to the Store
These simple three-ingredient recipes come together in a snap! (Note: We didn't include basics like salt, pepper and oil into the ingredient count.)
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
“When my mother (who’s now a great-grandmother) gave me this no-flour, gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe about 15 years ago, I was skeptical, because it calls for only three ingredients (and no flour). But since then I’ve never had a failure. For these gluten-free peanut butter cookies—three ingredients are all you need!” —Maggie Schimmel, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.
Special Pork Chops
“I work nine hours a day, so I need delicious and simple recipes like this one. My husband thinks I work hard fixing meals, but these chops are good and easy. In summer, I can my own salsa and use some to top these chops.” —LaDane Wilson, Alexander City, Alabama
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“I like to use recipes that call for fresh produce I’ve grown in my garden. Here’s a simple way to make baked asparagus to bring out the flavour while maintaining that bright green colour.” —Robert Foust, Indianapolis, Indiana
Get the recipe for Oven-Baked Asparagus.
Baked Sweet Onions
“Onion recipes are some of my favourites to whip up. Served alongside any of a variety of fish and meats, these tender onions are a nice change of pace. Folks find it a fun and flavourful side dish.” —Norma Durham, Rogersville, Tennessee
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Chili and Jelly Meatballs
“The secret ingredient in this sassy sauce is the grape jelly. It’s a sweet contrast with the chili sauce.” —Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Chili and Jelly Meatballs.
“Cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee, which enhances its natural sweetness and complex flavours. Even those who take hot coffee with sugar and cream might find themselves sipping cold brew plain.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Cold-Brew Coffee.
Cast-Iron Skillet Steak
“If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why I came up with this simple steak recipe that’s so easy, you could make it any day of the week.” —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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Old Bay Cauliflower
“Ready in 10 minutes, this bowl of veggies has three ingredients and a whole lot of flavour. It’s the perfect cauliflower side dish.” —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington
Get the recipe for Old Bay Cauliflower.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
“Quinoa has been around for a while and I’m just now jumping on the quinoa breakfast bowl bandwagon. I’ve made it several times as a savoury side or salad, but never as a warm breakfast cereal. I finally gave it a try last weekend and loved it!” —Erica Schmidt, Kansas City, Kansas
Get the recipe for Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.
Rainbow Gelatin Cubes
“These perky gelatin cubes are fun to serve and to eat! I vary the colours to match the occasion—pink and blue for a baby shower, school colours for a graduation party, etc. Kids of all ages snap them up.” —Deanna Pietrowicz, Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Ice Cream Bread
“Ice cream gets a whole new use in this tender bread recipe that I pared down to serve two. Be sure to use full-fat ice cream for best results.” —Katherine Kuehlman, Denver, Colorado
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Lemon Salmon with Basil
“At our house we opt for healthy foods, and this lemony salmon with basil is a knockout in the good-for-you category. We have it with asparagus or zucchini.” —Shanna Belz, Prineville, Oregon
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Grilled Garlic Naan
“Indian food is my all-time favourite and no meal is complete without some naan. I like to brush grilled or baked naan with lots of butter, garlic and a little chopped cilantro.” —Jerry Gulley, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Grilled Garlic Naan.
Dijon Pork Chops
“A crumb coating is all you need to turn pork chops into a wow-worthy family dinner. Try the breading on chicken breasts, too.” —Chris Rentmeister, Ripon, Wisconsin
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“Asparagus never tasted so good! Simply seasoned with butter and green onions, they taste fresh and keep their bright green colour, too. They’re so good, you might want to make extra.” —Jody Fisher, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
Get the recipe for Oven-Roasted Asparagus.
Grilled Ribeyes with Browned Garlic Butter
“Use the smoke of the grill to flavour the ribeyes, then pass them with garlicky butter for a standout entree your friends and family always remember.” —Arge Salvatori, Little Ferry, New Jersey
Get the recipe for Grilled Ribeyes with Browned Garlic Butter.
Quick Mango Sorbet
“Last summer, I decided to try my hand at making a passion fruit and mango sorbet. But fresh fruits require more prep and are difficult to find ripened at the same time. So I experimented using frozen fruit and juice, and voila! Both are readily available and inexpensive, too.” —Carol Klein, Franklin Square, New York
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Grilled Cajun Green Beans
“This is a perfect way to use up your garden’s green beans. The Cajun flavor makes it different from your regular green bean recipe.” —Shannon Lewis, Andover, Minnesota
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Golden Apricot-Glazed Turkey Breast
“Basted with a simple glaze, this wonderfully moist and tender turkey bakes to a lovely golden brown. Make it the centrepiece of your holiday table; guests will be glad you did.” —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas
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“It’s a snap to change the spice level in this popular rice side dish by choosing a milder or hotter salsa. It’s a delicious way to round out burritos or tacos when the clock is ticking.” —Molly Ingle, Canton, North Carolina
Get the recipe for Salsa Rice.
Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Pepper Butter
“Roasting fresh-picked corn is as old as the Ozark hills where I was raised. My Grandpa Mitchell always salted and peppered his butter on the edge of his plate before spreading it on his corn, and I did the same as a kid. Today, I continue the tradition by serving lemon-pepper butter with roasted corn—it’s a favourite!” —Allene Bary-Cooper, Wichita Falls, Texas
Get the recipe for Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Pepper Butter.
“When I’m starving after work, I want a fast meal with no-fail technique. Roasted salmon is super tender and has a delicate sweetness. It’s also an easy wowza for company.” —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Oven-Roasted Salmon.