35 Easy Recipes That Are Perfect For Mother’s Day

If you are looking for inspiration for your Mother’s Day feast then check out this list of amazing recipes that we have put together. They are easy to cook but are perfect for making your mother feel special. 

35 Easy Recipes That Are Perfect For Mother’s Day

1. Fennel Rubbed Pork With A Celeriac And Almond Gratin 

If you want to make a show stopping meal for your mother then this is a great recipe. The crackling on the pork is nice and crispy with aromatic fennel.

The celeriac gratin is creamy and full of flavor. The smell of pork roasting will fill up your kitchen and make everyone’s mouth water. 

2. Chicken Satay With Spiralized Carrot Salad 

If you are looking for a light appetizer to kick off your Mother’s Day meal then you should check out this recipe. It has fragrant lemongrass, zingy lime juice, earthy turmeric and sweet coconut milk.

The chicken is soft and the carrot salad is nice and refreshing. The chicken satay is served on skewers which is a fun and delicious way to start the Mother’s Day feast. 

3. Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken 

This creamy, indulgent chicken recipe is a real treat for Mother’s Day. The boneless chicken breasts are perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. It is cooked with plenty of spinach, and you can add more vegetables if you want to.

The sauce is flavored with garlic, chicken broth, cream, lemon juice and plenty of parmesan cheese. 

4. Asparagus, Tomato And Feta Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette 

This flavorsome salad is so tasty and satisfying. You can enjoy it as an appetizer, or serve it with warm crusty bread as a lighter option for a main meal.

It also makes a great vegetarian course as an alternative to a meat roast. The asparagus is fresh and vibrant, the feta is salty and creamy, the tomatoes are sweet, and the balsamic vinegar is tangy and sharp.

All of the flavors combine perfectly to create a delicious salad. 

5. Slow cooked Lamb With Lemon Potatoes

For this recipe you can use any kind of lamb joint that is on the bone. Cooking the meat with the bone still in it ensures that the meat is moist and soft.

Lamb ribs or lamb shoulder would work really well. The lamb is flavored with lemon, garlic, shallots and white wine. The potatoes are also flavored with lemon and garlic – simple flavors but the result is divine. 

6. Polenta With Mushrooms 

If you are looking for a delicious vegetarian main course, or a tasty side dish, this is the recipe for you. The polenta is so creamy that it feels like a really indulgent treat.

The mushrooms are earthy and flavored with delicious garlic and chili. This dish has a spicy kick, aromatic garlic, and contrasting textures. 

7. Linguine With Clams 

If you want to make a seafood dish this Mother’s Day, why not try this linguine with clams? It’s simple yet elegant, with vibrant flavors and wonderful presentation.

It takes 40 minutes to make, and will no doubt be eaten up in no time. The flavors of garlic, butter, parsley, red pepper flakes, white wine and lemon juice come through and complement the clams. 

8. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad 

This salad is packed with exciting ingredients and a variety of textures that you and your guests will enjoy. Crisp apple, dried cranberries, crunchy seeds, mature parmesan cheese, and Brussels sprouts as the star of the show.

The ingredients are drizzled with a maple mustard dressing which is the perfect balance between sweetness and a fiery kick. 

9. Roast Chicken Stuffed With Chorizo And Rice Served With Roasted Tomatoes 

This recipe will introduce a taste of the Mediterranean to your table this Mother’s Day. The chorizo releases a deep, spicy, meaty oil that flavors the stuffing along with the garlic.

The rice is cooked in chicken stock along with sherry, and the tomatoes are also roasted in sticky sherry. 

10. Instant Pot Beef Curry 

If you don’t have much time to spend standing over the stove on Mother’s Day then you can make this instant pot beef curry. It’s quick and convenient, with fragrant Thai red curry paste and sweet coconut milk (see also ‘20 Tasty Thai Chicken Recipes‘).

You can add whatever vegetables you want, but the recipe uses red peppers. 

11. Easy Greek Salmon 

Salmon is a light dish that is so flavorsome and very versatile. This recipe uses Greek inspired flavors to create a tasty dish that can be shared between a big group.

When you bite into the succulent fish you will laste lemon, chili flakes, oregano and garlic, and it is served with kalamata olives, feta and tomatoes. 

12. Chicken Piccata 

Chicken Piccata is a lemony, buttery dish with Italian origin. The sauce is flavored with capers and white wine, and the chicken can be served with your choice of vegetables and potatoes or pasta. 

13. Pastrami Spiced Beef Sirloin With Sweet And Sour Cabbage 

This delicious roast beef, served a little pink in the middle, has an irresistibly spiced crust. It is marinated for several hours in the refrigerator, then brought up to room temperature before being roasted.

The sweet and sour cabbage is a European delicacy which pairs perfectly with the spicy beef. 

14. Tandoori Chicken 

If you want a chicken recipe with a bit of a difference this Mother’s Day then tuck into this Tandoori chicken.

The marinade is made from yogurt, aromatic garlic, fragrant ginger, warm paprika, garam masala, earthy turmeric, coriander, cayenne pepper, and zingy lemon juice.

You can serve this delicious chicken with potatoes, vegetables or rice. 

15. Lemon Ricotta Pasta 

This recipe uses bucatini pasta which is thick and more unusual than spaghetti, but you can use whatever type of pasta you like.

As well as ricotta cheese, parmesan or pecorino romano cheese is used to deepen the flavor of the pasta sauce.

Zesty lemon juice cuts through the creamy sauce and lifts the flavors of the dish, along with the red pepper flakes, fresh basil and plenty of black pepper. 

16. Pan Seared Steak 

If you really want to spoil someone then a perfectly cooked steak is the way to go. This recipe serves the steak with rosemary butter for a beautifully aromatic and herby flavor that complements the rich meat.

You can use New York strip steaks, top sirloin steaks or rib eye steaks – as long as they weigh around one pound and are 1 and quarter inch thick. 

17. Roasted Rainbow Trout With Fennel, Pine Nuts And Sumac 

Rainbow trout is a fish with quite a strong flavor. This makes it pair well with fennel and sumac which are also punchy flavors. The pine nuts are delicate, and tie everything together whilst providing a wonderfully crunchy texture.

If your guests love fish then this is a sophisticated and wholesome meal to serve on Mother’s Day. 

18. Vegetable Paella

If you have vegetarian guests to cook for, that doesn’t mean you have to serve something basic. You can wow your guests with this delicious vegetable paella.

It has everything you know and love about paella but with extra vegetables instead of meat. The flavor is just as deep and layered, and you will certainly want to come back for a second helping. 

19. Creamy Steak Fettuccine 

This recipe combines two decadent meals into one – creamy fettuccine and skillet cooked steak. The result is a deliciously indulgent pasta dish that will make your guests feel incredibly special.

A lean cut of steak works best for this recipe, like sirloin. The creamy sauce is flavored with garlic and parmesan cheese along with milk, butter and plenty of black pepper.

Tomatoes and spinach are included in the sauce, and the sliced steak is finished off with a punchy balsamic glaze. 

20. Mississippi Pot Roast 

This is a traditional meal that the whole family will love. All you need is 5 ingredients to make this classic dish- chuck roast, gravy mix, buttermilk ranch dressing, salt and pepper and pepperoncini peppers in their juices. 

21. Beef Rib With Grilled Lettuce And Citrus Butter 

Have you always wondered how to cook and serve the perfect beef rib? Well this recipe has got you covered. It’s super easy to make but looks and tastes very impressive.

The beef is flavored with browned butter, salt and pepper, garlic and fresh sprigs of thyme. 

22. Pomegranate Honey Glazed Chicken With Squash 

This dish is made with fresh, nourishing ingredients and is something that your guests probably haven’t tried before.

The acorn squash is appealing on the plate, and the fruit pomegranate is a wonderful accompaniment to the succulent chicken.

Crumbled, salty feta and crunchy pomegranate seeds add delightful flavors and textures, along with fresh mint, cayenne pepper and honey. 

23. Baked Scallops

Baked scallops is an appetizer that is sure to impress. Scallops are known as being notoriously difficult to cook, but this recipe makes it easy.

The scallops are flavored with lemon, parmesan, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The butter makes them creamy, and the panko breadcrumbs create a crispy coating. 

24. Easy Crab Cakes 

There are different types of crab meat you can use to make crab cakes depending on your budget. Jumbo lump crab meat is high quality but it is quite expensive.

Lump crab meat is very flavorsome and is cheaper than jumbo crab meat, and is an excellent choice for crab cakes. Flake crab meat is also a good choice, especially when paired with some lump crab meat.

Claw meat is the cheapest, but works better in soups and stews than in crab cakes. 

25. Salt Roasted Pork With Whole Apples And Quince Sauce 

This recipe is a traditional pork roast that will never fail to please your guests. The salt makes the crackling perfectly crispy and brings out all of the best meaty flavors.

Pork and apples are a classic combination that really shine in this recipe, and the quince sauce is the perfect condiment to unite all of the flavors to create a balanced dish. 

26. Butternut Mole Enchiladas 

These vegetarian enchiladas are hearty and packed with flavor. You can prepare them in advance so you have less to do when your guests arrive.

You can make these enchiladas as spicy or as mild as you want to by using more or less adobo sauce and chili powder. The cinnamon adds a depth of flavor and a warmth to the sauce and pairs perfectly with the tomatoes.

27. Tuscan Butter Gnocchi 

Tuscan butter sauce is a real treat and you can put it on anything – meat, fish, vegetables – but in this recipe it is used to coat gnocchi.

Butter is cooked with fragrant garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, red chili flakes, cherry tomatoes, and spinach. Heavy cream and parmesan is then added for richness and the sauce is simmered until it has reduced.

You can then toss the gnocchi in the sauce and bake it with mozzarella until the cheese is melted and bubbling. 

28. Lasagna 

A more classic Italian dish is a traditional beef lasagna. The juicy ground meat is layered with rich marinara sauce, lasagna noodles, and a trio of three Italian cheeses – ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano.

The result is a perfectly balanced dish with a creamy, gooey topping, plenty of flavor and delicious textures.

29. Barley And Pumpkin Pot Roast With Tarragon Gremolata 

A meat free roast can still be very satisfying and loaded with flavor. The pearl barley is hearty, the vegetables are nourishing, and the herbs are aromatic yet earthy.

The various vegetables create exciting textures as well as introducing different flavors.

30. Spring Pea Carbonara 

Carbonara is a rich and creamy pasta dish with salty, crispy bacon. The fresh, vibrant flavors of the green peas cut through the other flavors and create a balanced dish.

Make sure that all of the oil released from the pancetta is used in the sauce to make the most of the flavors. The eggs are rich and creamy and make the sauce wonderfully silky. 

31. Easy Mushroom Risotto 

There are several things that you need to remember when you make a mushroom risotto. Make sure the stock is piping hot as it will be absorbed faster by the rice, creating an ideal texture.

Keep stirring as this releases the starch from the rice, helping to thicken the sauce. Make sure you use a good quality cheese as this is a key ingredient that contributes to the flavor and the texture of the risotto. 

32. Rotisserie Chicken Salad

This salad is a really simple dish to make, but it can be served as a side dish with many different types of meals. It’s also budget friendly, and is refreshing when enjoyed alongside other rich foods that you may be serving. 

33. Cherry Tomato And White Bean Casserole

This is a wholesome side dish that can be enjoyed with any meat dish that you choose to serve on Mother’s Day. The flavors are savory and very satisfying. 

34. Mango Salsa Grilled Halibut

This tropical take on grilled fish will make a lovely change to your usual recipes. The sweetness of the mango pairs well with the strong, meaty flavor of the fish (see also ‘27 Tasty And Delicious Mango Recipes‘). 

35. Fried Chicken

If you want to serve up some Southern comfort food this Mother’s Day, it doesn’t get much better than fried chicken! Crispy, flavorsome, juicy and a little spicy – just the way you like it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should You Plan A Mother’s Day Menu? 

Mothers are the guests of honor, but there might be several generations of mothers at your celebration.

Make sure that there is something for all of them on the menu, whether that is an appetizer they will love, their favorite main, or a special dessert. 

Can These Recipes Be Customized? 

These recipes can be adjusted to make them more suited to your personal preferences or those of your guests. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients to get these recipes how you like them. 


These recipes will ensure that your Mother’s Day meal is delicious, exciting and perfect for your guest of honor. 

35 Easy Recipes That Are Perfect For Mother’s Day

35 Easy Recipes That Are Perfect For Mother’s Day

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If you’re not sure what to cook this Mother’s Day for your family then check out this list for some inspiration

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