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30 Dinner Recipes That Don’t Require An Oven

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30 Easy recipes that don’t require an oven to make. You can make these dinner recipes on the stove top, in the Slow Cooker, on the grill or even the Air Fryer or Instant Pot but not in the oven.

Once the heat of the summer settles in, we definitely do not wish to use our oven and heat up the kitchen. My recipes which don’t require an oven are all delicious meals and you are sure to find a few favorites to hang onto.

Dinner Recipes That Don’t Require An Oven

You will find all of the recipes divided between headings of:

  • Crockpot Recipes
  • Stovetop Recipes
  • Air Fryer, Instant Pot or Other Cool Appliances
  • Grilling Recipes
  • Soups and Salads

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Crockpot Recipes

Let’s begin with Crockpot Recipes because I love using the Slow Cooker any time of the year but especially in the summer. Here are 7 Crockpot recipes that don’t require an oven.

Leg Quarters cooked in a Crockpot
2 ingredient Crockpot Italian Leg Quarters

Zesty Italian Crockpot Leg Quarters Recipe is a simple 2 ingredient chicken recipe. I have fit 2 leg quarters into my large Crockpot. This entree is ready in about 3 to 4 hours.

frozen pierogi, alfredo sauce, frozen meatballs and beef broth sitting in front of a Crockpot
Pierogi and Meatballs Alfredo Crockpot Recipe

Crockpot Pierogi & Meatballs Alfredo Easy Recipe is ready in about 2-3 hours on low or 4-6 on high. Only five ingredients and the leftovers are good the next day, if you have any leftovers.

This Crock pot pulled pork for BBQ recipe is super easy with only a few ingredients. Put it in the slow cooker and forget it for hours.This is a must have easy recipe to feed a crowd when you are entertaining. #bbqpork #slowcookerpork #porkbutt #partyfood
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Butt

Easy Crock Pot Pork Butt Pulled Pork can be made with only two ingredients unless you insist on adding salt and pepper. The BBQ sauce you choose to add at the end will have plenty of seasoning though. Want to get two meals from one? Make BBQ sandwiches on day one. A great way to use the leftover pulled pork is to make BBQ Macaroni and Cheese. Simply whip up some macaroni and cheese then stir in the leftover pulled pork. A quick and easy meal ready in under 30 minutes.

Crockpot Three Cheese Stuffed Manicotti recipe. How to make Manicotti in the Crockpot #manicotti #weeknightdinner #crockpotrecipe #recipe
Crockpot Manicotti

There is some preparation time involved in this delicious Crockpot Three Cheese Stuffed Manicotti dish but it is worth the effort. Another meal where the leftovers are yummy too! Pick up some deli bread to go with it so you don’t need to turn the oven on for bread either.

Broccoli and Sausage Macaroni Casserole

Crockpot Broccoli and Sausage Macaroni Casserole is a delectable Crockpot casserole loaded with flavors. The best part, it’s ready in about 2 hours in the slow cooker! The kids don’t mind eating broccoli when it’s slathered with cheese.

These 3 Ingredient BBQ Meatballs are one of my all time favorite recipes. They are so easy to toss in the Slow Cooker and come out perfect every time. You can serve these as a meal or an appetizer. My guys love them over a bed of rice for dinner occasionally. Cook extra for leftovers and make Meatball Subs the next day.

How to make shredded chicken sliders. Cook boneless chicken in the Crockpot to make shredded chicken for sliders and lots of other uses. #chickenrecipe
Crockpot Ranch Chicken Sliders

Crockpot Ranch Chicken Sliders are another go-to easy recipe with more than one use. Instead of making sliders, you could make wraps. Your choice. Just know how easy this chicken is to infuse with flavor in the Crockpot with Ranch seasoning. Only three ingredients.

11 Stovetop Recipes that don’t require an oven

Our stovetop recipes are made in the skillet or a big pot like a Dutch oven.

Easy Chicken Parmigiana Recipe
Easy Chicken Parm

Stovetop Grilled Easy Chicken Parmigiana really is so easy you will almost feel guilty about it. I use my stovetop griddle to grill the chicken while the noodles are boiling. Quick and easy meal ready in about 30 minutes.

Skillet Cabbage, Rice and Sausage One Pan Dinner

My husband found this Skillet Cabbage, Rice & Sausage One Dish Dinner Recipe years ago. We tweaked it to suit our taste and it has made a regular rotation in our meal plans ever since. Loaded with with flavor and easy to make.

swedish meatballs
Swedish Meatballs

These Easy Swedish Meatballs, are also good for meatball subs! When I make a batch of these meatballs, I double it and freeze them in separate bags. That way I can use them in spaghetti also.

chicken fajita wraps
Chicken Fajita Wraps

Homemade Chicken Fajita Wraps with Cilantro-Lime Sauce begin with a recipe for homemade fajita seasoning. We wrap ours in Romaine but you can use tortilla wraps if you like. A nice change for Taco Tuesday.

Italian Sausage and Tortellini One Pan Dinner

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Skillet Meal includes some veggies for a complete one dish dinner ready in about 30 minutes.

Cabbage steaks
Cabbage Steaks and Bacon

Stovetop Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Bacon are another meal ready in under 30 minutes. It’s a light meal prepared on the griddle on top of the stove.

Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp Tacos

Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe make a nice change from regular Taco’s for Taco Tuesday. Easy recipe using fresh ingredients.

Mexican House Special
Mexican Three Meat House Special

Mexican Three Meat House Special Copycat Recipe. I created this recipe because we always enjoy ordering the House Special at our favorite, or any Mexican restaurant. Why not learn to make it at home!

Low Country Shrimp Boil
Low Country Shrimp Boil

We make this Low Country Shrimp Boil Recipe on the stovetop in a Dutch oven or outdoors in a big turkey cooker. It depends on how large of a crowd we are feeding at the time. We skip the crawfish but if you want some, go for it! If we have leftover, we make a pot of Shrimp Gumbo with them.

fried salmon patties
Fried Salmon Patties

Thin and Crispy Skillet Fried Salmon Patties Easy Recipe. I have been making this recipe for many, many years. It’s a family favorite fried in shallow oil in the skillet. These are good any time of the year.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with broccoli and peppers displayed on a dark plate

Broccoli Bow Tie Pasta Dish is even better the next day. This meatless dish is not only pretty but full of flavor and on the lighter side using fresh ingredients

Air Fryer, Instant Pot or Other Cool Appliance

With so many cool kitchen appliances available for home use these days, you need a few more recipes to get more use of them. Most of my Instant Pot recipes include how to make without the Instant Pot.

Chicken wraps with lettuce and tomato on a white dish
Chicken Ranch Wraps

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps Instant Pot® Or Skillet Easy Recipe are a delectable and light sandwich wrap to make in the summer months. You are going to love the flavor combinations in this recipe.

Air Fryer Southern Catfish Nuggets
Air Fryer Catfish Nuggest

Air Fryer Southern Fried Catfish Nuggets look and taste deep fried without all that grease. These are restaurant quality. Be sure to make our Homemade Cole Slaw as a side dish. If you enjoy Grits and fish, here is our Grits recipe.

rotisserie chicken and brie sandwich
Rotisserie Chicken and Brie Sandwich

Easy Rotisserie Chicken & Brie Sandwich with Savory Peach Spread is grilled on a Panini maker but use your waffle iron instead if you don’t own a Panini! This sandwich is made even better with a homemade savory peach spread!

Shrimp Fried Ricewe make this meal either in our big electric skillet or on the Blackstone grill outside

Grilling Recipes

Backyard barbeques usually mean dinner guests in the summer. That taste of home cooked side dishes and main entrees grilled to perfection create memories. Fire up the grill and let’s get cooking.

homemade burger  with mushrooms and swiss cheese
Homemade Mushroom Swiss Burger

Homemade Mushroom Onion Burgers with melted swiss cheese better than the burger joint because you make it yourself at home. Grilled over an open flame for taste of home cooked goodness.

How to make a Foil Pack Chicken Dinner at home. Foil Pack Chicken Dinners just like Cracker Barrel.
Foil Pack Chicken and Veggies

Campfire Grilled Chicken & Veggie Foil Packet Dinner also known as Foil pack dinner or Hobo dinner. My recipe uses chicken, tomatoes, corn on the cob and mushrooms. These foil pack meals are easy to personalize with your own choice of vegetables. Instructions on how to fold the foil and grill cooking included.

Homemade Pimento Cheese Burgers on the grill
Pimento Cheese Burgers

Pimento Cheese Burgers: Low Carb Dinner if you skip the bread. You can certainly make buns optional for those not counting carbs. Our Pimento cheese recipe is made from scratch.

Herb Rubbed Bone-In Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Herb Rubbed Pork Chop

Grilled Herb-Rubbed Pork Chops are even better if you are growing your own herbs. We are always looking for recipes to use our fresh herbs and these pork chops are simple recipe you will enjoy.

grilled pork chop with peach mango salsa
Peach Mango Salsa

Honey Sweet Peach Mango Salsa & Grilled Pork Chops Menu. They say the secret is in the sauce. Slather to top of your grilled pork Peach Mango Salsa made with fresh fruit. Sometimes it’s the side dishes that make the entrée even better.

Soups and Salads

Soups and Salads are also good any time of the year. Plus they are a great way to avoid using the oven and create a nice dish when you are short on oven space too.

cabbage and ham soup
Cabbage and Ham Soup

Southern Cabbage Soup is yet another dish we make any time of the year. Here in the south, this meal is often referred to as Cabbage and Cornbread since we most often make cornbread to go with the cabbage soup.

Creamy Corn Chowder with Potatoes and Ham
Creamy Corn Chowder with Potatoes and Ham

Creamy Corn Chowder, made with farm fresh corn on the cob and you won’t believe how we use the cob! Home and potatoes make this summer soup a hearty meal.

broccoli salad
Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Broccoli Bacon Salad Easy Recipe With Homemade Dressing. You will want to hang onto this recipe to use again and again. This salad makes a good lunch for work the next day. It’s also an ideal dish to take to a Pot Luck.

A white bowl of Caesar Salad
Classic Caesar Salad

Last but certainly not least, Classic Caesar Salad Recipe. Caesar Salad dressing recipe included. See our Series on How To Grow Your Own Lettuce.

There ya have it, 30 recipes that don’t require the oven. Make these any time of the year, if oven space is an issue or especially in the summer when we don’t want to use the oven.

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